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Christina Zeitz, Alecia K. Gross, Dorothee Leifert, Barbara Kloeckener-Gruissem, Suzanne D. McAlear, Johannes Lemke, John Neidhardt, Wolfgang Berger; Identification and Functional Characterization of a Novel Rhodopsin Mutation Associated with Autosomal Dominant CSNB. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2008;49(9):4105-4114. doi: 10.1167/iovs.08-1717.
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purpose. Mutations in RHO, PDE6B, and GNAT1 can lead to autosomal dominant congenital stationary night blindness (adCSNB). The study was conducted to identify the genetic defect in a large Swiss family affected with adCSNB and to investigate the pathogenic mechanism of the mutation.
methods. Two affected cousins of a large Swiss family were examined clinically by standard methods: funduscopy, EOG, ERG, and dark adaptometry. Twelve family members were screened for mutations in RHO. The ability of mutant rhodopsin to activate transducin constitutively was monitored by measuring the catalytic exchange of bound GDP for radiolabeled [35S]GTPγS in transducin.
results. A novel mutation was identified in RHO (c.884C>T, p.Ala295Val) in patients with adCSNB. They had full vision under photopic conditions, showed no fundus abnormalities, revealed EOG results in the normal range, but presented night blindness with an altered scotopic ERG. In the presence of 11-cis retinal, the mutant rhodopsin is inactive, similar to wild-type, responding only when exposed to light. However, in the absence of 11-cis-retinal, unlike wild-type opsin, the mutant opsin constitutively activates transducin.
conclusions. The study adds a fourth rhodopsin mutation associated with CSNB. Although the phenotype of autosomal dominant CSNB may vary slightly in patients showing mutations in RHO, PDE6B, or GNAT1, the disease course seems to be stationary with only scotopic vision being affected. The data indicate that the mutant opsin activates transducin constitutively, which is a consistent and common feature of all four CSNB-associated rhodopsin mutations reported to date.
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