MCM5: A new actor in the link between DNA replication and Meier-Gorlin syndrome

Annalisa Vetro, Salvatore Savasta, Annalisa Russo Raucci, Cristina Cerqua, Geppo Sartori, Ivan Limongelli, Antonella Forlino, Silvia Maruelli, Paola Perucca, Debora Vergani, Giuliano Mazzini, Andrea Mattevi, Lucia Anna Stivala, Leonardo Salviati, Orsetta Zuffardi

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Meier-Gorlin syndrome (MGORS) is a rare disorder characterized by primordial dwarfism, microtia, and patellar aplasia/hypoplasia. Recessive mutations in ORC1, ORC4, ORC6, CDT1, CDC6, and CDC45, encoding members of the pre-replication (pre-RC) and pre-initiation (pre-IC) complexes, and heterozygous mutations in GMNN, a regulator of cell-cycle progression and DNA replication, have already been associated with this condition. We performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) in a patient with a clinical diagnosis of MGORS and identified biallelic variants in MCM5. This gene encodes a subunit of the replicative helicase complex, which represents a component of the pre-RC. Both variants, a missense substitution within a conserved domain critical for the helicase activity, and a single base deletion causing a frameshift and a premature stop codon, were predicted to be detrimental for the MCM5 function. Although variants of MCM5 have never been reported in specific human diseases, defect of this gene in zebrafish causes a phenotype of growth restriction overlapping the one associated with orc1 depletion. Complementation experiments in yeast showed that the plasmid carrying the missense variant was unable to rescue the lethal phenotype caused by mcm5 deletion. Moreover cell-cycle progression was delayed in patient's cells, as already shown for mutations in the ORC1 gene. Altogether our findings support the role of MCM5 as a novel gene involved in MGORS, further emphasizing that this condition is caused by impaired DNA replication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)646-650
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Human Genetics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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