April 2014
Volume 55, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   April 2014
Phenotypic features related to Wolfram syndrome in 17 families
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Stephanie Leruez
    Ophthalmology, CHU Angers, Angers, France
  • Verschoore Marion
    Ophthalmology, CHU Angers, Angers, France
  • Johanna Grenier
    Ophthalmology, CHRU Montpellier, Montpellier, France
  • Xavier Zanlonghi
    Ophthalmology, Clinique Sourdille, Nantes, France
  • Christian P Hamel
    INSERM U1051, Montpellier, France
    Ophthalmology, CHRU Montpellier, Montpellier, France
  • Christophe Orssaud
    Ophthalmology, Hôpital Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  • Catherine Vignal-Clermont
    Ophthalmology, Fondation Rotschild, Paris, France
  • Vincent Pascal Procaccio Reynier
    Genetics, CHU Angers, Angers, France
    INSERM U1083, Angers, France
  • Patrizia Dominique Bonneau
    Genetics, CHU Angers, Angers, France
    INSERM U1083, Angers, France
  • Dan Milea
    Ophthalmology, CHU Angers, Angers, France
    INSERM U1083, Angers, France
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships Stephanie Leruez, None; Verschoore Marion, None; Johanna Grenier, None; Xavier Zanlonghi, None; Christian Hamel, None; Christophe Orssaud, None; Catherine Vignal-Clermont, None; Vincent Pascal Procaccio Reynier, None; Patrizia Dominique Bonneau, None; Dan Milea, None
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science April 2014, Vol.55, 6423. doi:
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      Stephanie Leruez, Verschoore Marion, Johanna Grenier, Xavier Zanlonghi, Christian P Hamel, Christophe Orssaud, Catherine Vignal-Clermont, Vincent Pascal Procaccio Reynier, Patrizia Dominique Bonneau, Dan Milea; Phenotypic features related to Wolfram syndrome in 17 families. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2014;55(13):6423.

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Purpose: Wolfram syndrome, also called DIDMOAD (diabetes insipidus, diabetes mellitus, optic atrophy, deafness) is a rare neurodenerative autosomal recessive disorder (prevalence 1/550,000), linked to WFS1gene mutation. This gene encodes a transmembrane protein, wolframine, involved in calcium homeostasis. Our study aimed to characterize genotypic and phenotypic features of patients affected by WFS1 mutations.

Methods: Retrospective multicenter observational study, including patients with genetically confirmed Wolfram syndrome.

Results: 20 patients harbouring a WFS1 gene mutation were included in the study (18 with composite heterozygous mutations, and 2 with homozygous mutations). They belonged to 17 different families. Age at diagnosis ranged 6 to 42.Twenty three different mutations were found (greater than the number of patients, given the composite heterozygosity). A single mutation was found in 4 patients, coming from 3 different families. In this population, 100% of patients had an optic neuropathy, 95% a type I diabetes mellitus, 55% a hearing loss, 55% a diabetes insipidus, 15% neurological disorders, 35% urological disorders, 15% psychiatric disorders. Optic neuropathy was diagnosed at an average age of 10.8 years, occurring often after diabetes mellitus. Vision was very variable, ranging between 20/20 and absence of light perception. The visual loss was always slowly progressive and symmetrical. Axonal fiber abnormalities in OCT were detectable even in the absence of functional visual signs. Optic disc cupping was bigger than 5/10 in 60%. Visual field abnormalities were found in all cases. Other ophthalmic findings were rare, including cataract (1 patient), diabetic retinopathy (1 patient), and maculopathy (1 patient). In this condition, visual loss can rarely be related to other causes than optic neuropathy. Among the 20 patients included, 70% have been receiving follow-up medical care for more than 5 years. One death has occured during this period.

Conclusions: A large number of mutations are responsible for a various phenotypic features in Wolfram syndrome. Optic neuropathy, which is constant after a period of evolution, is frequently symptomatic but subclinical abnormalities can be detected with the use of OCT. This preliminary study suggests that in Wolfram syndrome there may be a phenotype/genotype correlation.

Keywords: 613 neuro-ophthalmology: optic nerve • 539 genetics • 552 imaging methods (CT, FA, ICG, MRI, OCT, RTA, SLO, ultrasound)  

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