Splice-site mutation in the PDS gene may result in intrafamilial variability for deafness in pendred syndrome

Núria López-Bigas, Raquel Rabionet, Rafael De Cid, Nancy Govea, Paolo Gasparini, Leopoldo Zelante, Maria Lourdes Arbonés, Xavier Estivill

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Pendred syndrome is a recessive inherited disorder that consists of developmental abnormalities of the cochlea, sensorineural hearing loss, and diffuse thyroid enlargement (goiter). This disorder may account for up to 10% of cases of hereditary deafness. The disease gene (PDS) has been mapped to chromosome 7q22-q31, and encodes a chloride-iodide transport protein. We performed mutation analysis of individual exons of the PDS gene in one Spanish family that shows intrafamilial variability of the deafness phenotype (two patients with profound and one with moderate-severe deafness). We identified a new splice-site mutation affecting intron 4 of the PDS gene, at nucleotide position 639+7. RNA analysis from lymphocytes of the affected patients showed that mutation 639 + 7A→G generates a new donor splice site, leading to an mRNA with an insertion of six nucleotides from intron 4 of PDS. Since the newly created donor splice site is likely to compete with the normal one, variations of the levels of normal and aberrant transcripts of the PDS gene in the cochlea may explain the variability in the deafness presentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-526
Number of pages7
JournalHuman Mutation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Deafness
  • Hearing loss
  • PDS
  • Pendred syndrome
  • Pendrin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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