Expanding CEP290 mutational spectrumin ciliopathies

Lorena Travaglini, Francesco Brancati, Tania Attie-Bitach, Sophie Audollent, Enrico Bertini, Josseline Kaplan, Isabelle Perrault, Miriam Iannicelli, Brunella Mancuso, Luciana Rigoli, Jean Michel Rozet, Dominika Swistun, Jerlyn Tolentino, Bruno Dallapiccola, Joseph G. Gleeson, Enza Maria Valente, A. Zankl, R. Leventer, P. Grattan-Smith, A. JaneckeM. D'Hooghe, Y. Sznajer, R. Van Coster, L. Demerleir, K. Dias, C. Moco, A. Moreira, C. Ae Kim, G. Maegawa, D. Petkovic, G. M.H. Abdel-Salam, A. Abdel-Aleem, M. S. Zaki, I. Marti, S. Quijano-Roy, S. Sigaudy, P. De Lonlay, S. Romano, R. Touraine, M. Koenig, C. Lagier-Tourenne, J. Messer, P. Collignon, N. Wolf, H. Philippi, S. Kitsiou Tzeli, S. Halldorsson, J. Johannsdottir, P. Ludvigsson, S. R. Phadke, V. Udani, B. Stuart, A. Magee, D. Lev, M. Michelson, B. Ben-Zeev, R. Fischetto, F. Benedicenti, F. Stanzial, R. Borgatti, P. Accorsi, S. Battaglia, E. Fazzi, L. Giordano, L. Pinelli, L. Boccone, S. Bigoni, A. Ferlini, M. A. Donati, G. Caridi, M. T. Divizia, F. Faravelli, G. Ghiggeri, A. Pessagno, M. Briguglio, S. Briuglia, C. D. Salpietro, G. Tortorella, A. Adami, P. Castorina, F. Lalatta, G. Marra, D. Riva, B. Scelsa, L. Spaccini, G. Uziel, E. Del Giudice, A. M. Laverda, K. Ludwig, A. Permunian, A. Suppiej, S. Signorini, C. Uggetti, R. Battini, M. Di Giacomo, M. R. Cilio, M. L. Di Sabato, V. Leuzzi, P. Parisi, M. Pollazzon, M. Silengo, R. De Vescovi, D. Greco, C. Romano, M. Cazzagon, A. Simonati, A. A. Al-Tawari, L. Bastaki, A. Mégarbané, V. Sabolic Avramovska, M. M. De Jong, P. Stromme, R. Koul, A. Rajab, M. Azam, C. Barbot, L. Martorell Sampol, B. Rodriguez, I. Pascual-Castroviejo, S. Teber, B. Anlar, S. Comu, E. Karaca, H. Kayserili, A. Yüksel, M. Akcakus, L. Al Gazali, L. Sztriha, D. Nicholl, C. G. Woods, C. Bennett, J. Hurst, E. Sheridan, A. Barnicoat, R. Hennekam, M. Lees, E. Blair, S. Bernes, H. Sanchez, A. E. Clark, E. DeMarco, C. Donahue, E. Sherr, J. Hahn, T. D. Sanger, T. E. Gallager, W. B. Dobyns, C. Daugherty, K. S. Krishnamoorthy, D. Sarco, C. A. Walsh, T. McKanna, J. Milisa, W. K. Chung, D. C. De Vivo, H. Raynes, R. Schubert, A. Seward, D. G. Brooks, A. Goldstein, J. Caldwell, E. Finsecke, B. L. Maria, K. Holden, R. P. Cruse, K. J. Swoboda, D. Viskochil

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Ciliopathies are an expanding group of rare conditions characterized by multiorgan involvement, that are caused by mutations in genes encoding for proteins of the primary cilium or its apparatus. Among these genes, CEP290 bears an intriguing allelic spectrum, being commonly mutated in Joubert syndrome and related disorders (JSRD), Meckel syndrome (MKS), Senior-Loken syndrome and isolated Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Although these conditions are recessively inherited, in a subset of patients only one CEP290 mutation could be detected. To assess whether genomic rearrangements involving the CEP290 gene could represent a possible mutational mechanism in these cases, exon dosage analysis on genomic DNA was performed in two groups of CEP290 heterozygous patients, including five JSRD/ MKS cases and four LCA, respectively. In one JSRD patient, we identified a large heterozygous deletion encompassing CEP290 C -terminus that resulted in marked reduction of mRNA expression. No copy number alterations were identified in the remaining probands. The present work expands the CEP290 genotypic spectrum to include multiexon deletions. Although this mechanism does not appear to be frequent, screening for genomic rearrangements should be considered in patients in whom a single CEP290 mutated allele was identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2173-2180
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • CEP290
  • Genomic rearrangement
  • Joubert syndrome and related disorders
  • Meckel syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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