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Mutation analysis of a Chinese family with oculocutaneous albinism

Xiong Wang _, Yaowu Zhu, Na Shen, Jing Peng, Chunyu Wang, Haiyi Liu and Yanjun Lu

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:84981-84988. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.13109

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Xiong Wang1, Yaowu Zhu1, Na Shen1, Jing Peng1, Chunyu Wang1, Haiyi Liu2, Yanjun Lu1

1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, China

2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, China

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Haiyi Liu, email: [email protected]

Yanjun Lu, email: [email protected]

Keywords: oculocutaneous albinism, tyrosinase, SLC45A2, mutation

Received: July 11, 2016     Accepted: October 22, 2016     Published: November 04, 2016


Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by either complete lack of or a reduction in melanin biosynthesis in the skin, hair, and eyes. OCA1, the most common and severe type, is caused by mutations in the tyrosinase (TYR) gene. In this study, we report a Chinese family with two members affected by OCA. Blood samples were collected from all family members. Genomic DNA was isolated from blood leukocytes, and all coding exons and adjacent intronic sequences of the TYR gene were examined for mutation analysis using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based sequencing. A pedigree chart was drawn, and clinical examinations and paraclinical tests were performed. Compound heterozygous mutations in TYR (c.832C>T and c.929_930insC, which resulted in p.Arg278* and p.Arg311Lysfs*7, respectively) were identified in the two patients with milky skin, white hair, photophobia, and reduced visual acuity, while other family members only carried one of two heterozygous mutations. In addition, a homozygous missense mutation c.814G>A (p.Glu272Lys) in the solute carrier family 45 member 2 (SLC45A2) gene was found in both patients and unaffected family members, suggesting that this may not be a causative mutation. The findings of this study expand the mutational spectrum of OCA. Compound heterozygous mutations (c.832C>T and c.929_930insC) in the TYR gene may be responsible for partial clinical manifestations of OCA, while the homozygous missense mutation c.814G>A (p.Glu272Lys) in the SLC45A2 gene may not be associated with OCA.

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