Biotinidase deficiency due to a de novo mutation or gonadal mosaicism in a first child

Rodolfo Tonin, Anna Caciotti, Silvia Funghini, Giancarlo la Marca, Elisabetta Pasquini, Erica Cayton, Sean D. Mooney, Renzo Guerrini, Amelia Morrone

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Biotinidase deficiency (BD), which is caused by BTD genetic lesions, if untreated, can result in neurological and cutaneous manifestations. Biotin supplementation can improve or prevent symptoms.We herewith present a family, which we studied at biochemical and molecular level, after identifying the proband through a newborn screening programme. BTD gene molecular analysis showed the proband to be compound heterozygous for the c.1330. G. > C p.(Asp444His) mild known variant, and for the c.1475 C. > T p.(Thr492Ile) new variant. Bioinformatic analysis allowed us to confirm the pathogenic role of the newly identified variant.The proband's father, who exhibited low biotinidase (BTD) enzyme activity, was homozygous for the mild variant, whereas the proband's mother, who exhibited borderline BTD values, the BTD mutation carrier status could not be detected.This is the first description of a patient with BD harbouring a variant whose origin is either de novo or the consequence of gonadal mosaicism.BTD molecular analysis and bioinformatic tools for the evaluation of pathogenicity of newly identified variants are necessary for diagnostic purposes (i.e., clarifying borderline enzyme assays and the carrier status of parents), and for genetic counselling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-72
Number of pages3
JournalClinica Chimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2015



  • Bioinformatic prediction tools
  • Biotinidase deficiency
  • BTD
  • De novo mutation
  • Unusual biochemical-molecular correlation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Medicine(all)

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Tonin, R., Caciotti, A., Funghini, S., la Marca, G., Pasquini, E., Cayton, E., Mooney, S. D., Guerrini, R., & Morrone, A. (2015). Biotinidase deficiency due to a de novo mutation or gonadal mosaicism in a first child. Clinica Chimica Acta, 445, 70-72.