Novel missense mutations of TMPRSS3 in two consanguineous tunisian families with non-syndromic autosomal recessive deafness

Maria Giuseppina Miano, Francesco Testa, Francesco Filippini, Mariajos Trujillo, Ivan Conte, Carmela Lanzara, Jos Maria Milln, Carmelilia De Bernardo, Barbara Grammatico, Massimo Mangino, Isabella Torrente, Romeo Carrozzo, Francesca Simonelli, Ernesto Rinaldi, Valerio Ventruto, Michele Durso, Carmen Ayuso, Alfredo Ciccodicola

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Recently the TMPRSS3 gene, which encodes a transmembrane serine protease, was found to be responsible for two non-syndromic recessive deafness loci located on human chromosome 21q22.3, DFNB8 and DFNB10. We found evidence for linkage to the DFNBS/10 locus in two unrelated consanguineous Tunisian families segregating congenital autosomal recessive sensorineural deafness. The audiometric tests showed a loss of hearing greater than 70 dB, in all affected individuals of both families. Mutation screening of TMPRSS3 revealed two novel missense mutations, W251C and P404L, altering highly conserved amino acids of the serine protease domain. Both mutations were not found in 200 control Tunisian chromosomes. The detection of naturally-occurring TMPRSS3 missense mutations in deafness families identifies functionally important amino acids. Comparative protein modeling of the TMPRSS3 protease domain predicted that W251C might lead to a structural rearrangement affecting the active site H257 and that P404L might alter the geometry of the active site loop and therefore affect the serine protease activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalHuman Mutation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001



  • Comparative protein modeling
  • Deafness
  • DFNB10
  • DFNB8
  • Linkage
  • Mutation analysis
  • Protease, serine
  • Serine protease
  • Transmembrane protease, serine, 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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Miano, M. G., Testa, F., Filippini, F., Trujillo, M., Conte, I., Lanzara, C., Milln, J. M., De Bernardo, C., Grammatico, B., Mangino, M., Torrente, I., Carrozzo, R., Simonelli, F., Rinaldi, E., Ventruto, V., Durso, M., Ayuso, C., & Ciccodicola, A. (2001). Novel missense mutations of TMPRSS3 in two consanguineous tunisian families with non-syndromic autosomal recessive deafness. Human Mutation, 18(2), 101-108.