Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome is a rare genodermatosis caused by biallelic mutations of the RECQL4 gene and characterised by poikiloderma, sparse hair, eyelashes and/or eyebrows, small stature, skeletal and dental abnormalities and cancer predisposition. Mutations predicted to result in the loss of RECQL4 protein have been associated with osteosarcoma risk, but mutation(s)-phenotype correlations are better addressed by combined DNA and RNA analyses. We describe two siblings with a mild phenotype, mainly restricted to the skin, who carry the unreported paternal c.2272C>T alteration in exon 14 and the previously reported maternal exon 15 c.2492_2493delAT, both predicted to result in premature termination codons (p.R758*, p.H831Rfs51*). However real-time and transcript analysis showed, in the carrier father and affected daughter,increased levels of a novel RECQL4 physiological alternative transcript with partial in frame skipping of exon 14, generated by increased usage of a weak cryptic splice site. This alternative transcript is expressed in all controls and tested tissues, its upregulation is specific to the paternal c.2272C>T mutation and depends on the abrogation of the binding motifs for SF2 and SRp55 Serine-Arginine rich proteins with bypass of the mutation site located in the skipped exon 14 portion. Moreover, in the proband the increased levels of the alternative transcript, likely encoding a protein isoform with residual activity, may compensate for the dearth of the canonical transcript with the c.2492_2493delAT, accounting for the mild clinical phenotype of the siblings. Our results emphasise the value of RNA analysis to better predict the effects of RECQL4 mutations on the clinical phenotype.
Novel physiological RECQL4 alternative transcript disclosed by molecular characterisation of Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome sibs with mild phenotype / E.A. Colombo, L. Fontana, G. Roversi, G. Negri, D. Castiglia, M. Paradisi, G. Zambruno, L. Larizza. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS. - ISSN 1018-4813. - 22:11(2014 Nov), pp. 1298-1304.
|Titolo:||Novel physiological RECQL4 alternative transcript disclosed by molecular characterisation of Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome sibs with mild phenotype|
|Parole Chiave:||Rothmund-Thomson; mild phenotype; RECQL4; alternative splicing; exonic splicing enhancer; hypomorphic mutation|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/03 - Genetica Medica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||nov-2014|
|Data ahead of print / Data di stampa:||12-feb-2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ejhg.2014.18|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|