Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) is a very heterogeneous disorder. It is genetically linked to three major genes: microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT), progranulin (GRN), and C9ORF72. In particular, mutations in GRN account for 5–10% of all cases and give rise to a wide spectrum of clinical phenotypes, ranging from behavioral frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) to primary progressive aphasia, including progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA) and semantic dementia, and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). We studied a family affected by FTLD whose members showed three different phenotypes: bvFTD, PNFA, and CBS. We performed plasma progranulin measurement before any genetic analyses and, due to the low level detected, we sequenced GRN and found the new mutation EX0-5′ splice site A > G in the 5′-UTR region, where no pathogenic mutations had been previously demonstrated. Genetic analyses of MAPT and C9ORF72 were normal. GRN mRNA expression showed about 50% reduction caused by this mutation, and similar results were found for progranulin level. Testing of nonsense mediated RNA decay gave negative results, suggesting a different mechanism of mRNA degradation. In summary, the EX0-5′ splice site A > G mutation widens the GRN regions affected by null mutations, including the 5′-UTR, and confirms once more the large phenotypic variability linked to GRN mutations.
|Titolo:||A mutation in the 5'-UTR of GRN gene associated with frontotemporal lobar degeneration: phenotypic variability and possible pathogenetic mechanisms|
|Autori interni:||PUOTI, Gianfranco|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|