Congenital afibrinogenemia is a rare inherited coagulopathy, characterized by very low or unmeasurable plasma levels of immunoreactive fibrinogen. So far, 25 mutations have been identified in afibrinogenemia, 17 in the Aalpha, 6 in the gamma, and only 2 in the Bbeta fibrinogen-chain genes. Here, 2 afibrinogenemic probands, showing undetectable levels of functional fibrinogen, were screened for causative mutations at the genomic level. Sequence analysis of the 3 fibrinogen genes disclosed 2 novel homozygous mutations in introns 6 and 7 of the Bbeta-chain gene (IVS6 + 13C > T and IVS7 + 1G > T), representing the first Bbeta-chain gene splicing mutations described in afibrinogenemia. The IVS6 + 13C > T mutation predicts the creation of a donor splice site in intron 6, whereas the IVS7 + 1G > T mutation causes the disappearance of the invariant GT dinucleotide of intron 7 donor splice site. To analyze the effect of these mutations, expression plasmids containing Bbeta-chain minigene constructs, either wild-type or mutant, were transfected in HeLa cells. Assessed by semiquantitative analysis of reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction products, the IVS7 + 1G > T mutation resulted in multiple aberrant splicings, while the IVS6 + 13C > T mutation resulted in activation of a new splice site 11 nucleotides downstream of the physiologic one. Both mutations are predicted to determine protein truncations, supporting the importance of the C-terminal domain of the Bbeta chain for fibrinogen assembly and secretion.
|Titolo:||Congenital afibrinogenemia : first identification of splicing mutations in the fibrinogen Bbeta-chain gene causing activation of cryptic splice sites|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/13 - Biologia Applicata|
Settore BIO/11 - Biologia Molecolare
|Data di pubblicazione:||15-dic-2002|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1182/blood-2002-06-1647|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|