Scanning mutations of the 5′UTR regulatory sequence of L-ferritin by denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography: Identification of new mutations

Laura Cremonesi, Rita Paroni, Barbara Foglieni, Silvia Galbiati, Isabella Fermo, Nadia Soriani, Silvana Belloli, Giuseppina Ruggeri, Giorgio Biasiotto, Mario Cazzola, Francesca Ferrari, Maurizio Ferrari, Paolo Arosio

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Abstract

Hereditary hyperferritinaemia cataract syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by heterogeneous mutations of the iron regulatory element (IRE) in the ferritin L-chain mRNA. The mutations are rare and fast DNA scanning would facilitate diagnosis. The aim of the study was to compare the analytical performances of two fast DNA scanning techniques: denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) and double-gradient denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DG-DGGE). We analysed the sequence encoding the 5′ untranslated flanking region of ferritin L-chain mRNA, which includes an IRE stem loop structure. The two systems unambiguously identified all the 12 accessible mutations in a single run, including the difficult C-G transversions. DHPLC and DG-DGGE identified seven abnormal patterns in DNA samples from 47 subjects with unexplained hyperferritinaemia: all had mutations in the IRE sequence, including two not reported before: C36G and A37G. The scanning of 250 DNA samples from subjects genotyped for HFE led to the identification of four new mutations, all outside the IRE structure: C10T, C16T, C90T and del-T156. We conclude that DHPLC, similar to DG-DGGE, detects all the mutations in the L-ferritin 5′UTR sequence in a single run, and that various mutations occur outside the IRE structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Volume121
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003

Keywords

  • Denaturing HPLC
  • DNA variations
  • Ferritin
  • Hereditary hyperferritinaemia-cataract syndrome
  • Iron metabolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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