A 9-bp deletion (2320del9) on the background of the arylsulfatase A pseudodeficiency allele in a metachromatic leukodystrophy patient and in a patient with nonprogressive neurological symptoms

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Abstract

A 9-bp deletion (2320del9) was detected in the arylsulfatase A genes of a patient with late infantile metachromatic leukodystrophy and of a patient with nonprogressive neurological symptoms and very low arylsulfatase A activity. Both patients are heterozygous for the deletion, which involves codons 406-408 and causes loss of a Ser-Asp-Thr tract in the predicted protein. In both patients the 9-bp deletion lies in a pseudodeficiency allele. The patient with metachromatic leukodystrophy carries the common 459 + 1G > A mutation in the other allele. The other patient is homozygous for the pseudodeficiency allele, and consequently is a compound heterozygote for a metachromatic leukodystrophy allele and a pseudodeficiency allele. We hypothesize that the compound heterozygosity predisposes to the development of nonprogressive neurological symptoms in the presence of additional, still unknown, genetic or nongenetic factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-53
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Genetics
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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