Whole exome sequencing of a dominant retinitis pigmentosa family identifies a novel deletion in PRPF31

Adda Villanueva, Jason R. Willer, Julien Bryois, Emmanouil T. Dermitzakis, Elias Nicholas Katsanis, Erica Ellen Davis

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Abstract

Purpose. Mutations at some retinitis pigmentosa (RP) loci are associated with variable penetrance and expressivity, exacerbating diagnostic challenges. The purpose of this study was to dissect the genetic underpinnings of nonsyndromic RP with variable age of onset in a large Mexican family. Methods. We ascertained members of a large, multigenerational pedigree using a complete ophthalmic examination. We performed whole exome sequencing on two affected first cousins, an obligate carrier, and a married-in spouse. Confirmatory sequencing of candidate variants was performed in the entire pedigree, as well as genotyping and mRNA studies to investigate expression changes in the causal locus. Results. We identified a 14-base pair (bp) deletion in PRPF31, a gene implicated previously in autosomal dominant (ad) RP. The mutation segregated with the phenotype of all 10 affected females, but also was present in six asymptomatics (two females and four males). Studies in patient cells showed that the penetrance/expressivity of the PRPF31 deletion allele was concordant with the expression levels of wild-type message. However, neither the known PRPF31 modulators nor cis-eQTLs within 1 Mb of the locus could account for the variable expression of message or the clinical phenotype. Conclusions. We have identified a novel 14-bp deletion in PRPF31 as the genetic driver of adRP in a large Mexican family that exhibits nonpenetrance and variable expressivity, known properties of this locus. However, our studies intimate the presence of additional loci that can modify PRPF31 expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2121-2129
Number of pages9
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 7 2014

Keywords

  • Autosomal dominant
  • Exome sequencing
  • Genetic diseases
  • PRPF31
  • Retinitis pigmentosa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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