Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is an autosomal recessive disorder mainly caused by defects in the 21-hydroxylase gene (CYP21A2), coding for the enzyme 21-hydroxylase (21-OH). About 95% of the mutations arise from gene conversion between CYP21A2 and the inactive pseudogene CYP21A1P: only 5% are novel CYP21A2 mutations, in which functional analysis of mutant enzymes has been helpful to correlate genotype-phenotype. In the present study, we describe 3 novel point mutations (p.L122P, p.Q481X, and p.E161X) in 3 Italian patients with CAH: the fourth mutation (p.M150R) was found in the carrier state. Molecular modeling suggests a major impact on 21-hydroxylase activity, and functional analysis after expression in COS-7 cells confirms reduced enzymatic activity of the mutant enzymes. Only the p.M150R mutation affected the activity to a minor extent, associated with NC CAH. CYP21A2 genotyping and functional characterization of each disease-causing mutation has relevance both for treatment and genetic counseling to the patients.
- congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)
- molecular modeling
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Biochemistry, medical
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism