May 2008
Volume 49, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2008
Candidate Gene Screening at the 13q32 Keratoconus Locus
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • B. A. Bejjani
    Washington State University, Spokane, Washington
    Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Washington
  • L. B. Wallis
    Washington State University, Spokane, Washington
  • K. A. Bailey
    Washington State University, Spokane, Washington
  • A. Molinari
    Hospital Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador
  • J. A. Pitarque
    Hospital Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador
  • M. Gajecka
    Washington State University, Spokane, Washington
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  B.A. Bejjani, None; L.B. Wallis, None; K.A. Bailey, None; A. Molinari, None; J.A. Pitarque, None; M. Gajecka, None.
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    Support  NIH Grant EY015428
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2008, Vol.49, 1293. doi:
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      B. A. Bejjani, L. B. Wallis, K. A. Bailey, A. Molinari, J. A. Pitarque, M. Gajecka; Candidate Gene Screening at the 13q32 Keratoconus Locus. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2008;49(13):1293. doi:

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Purpose: : Keratoconus (KTCN) is a non-inflammatory thinning and anterior protrusion of the cornea that results in steepening and distortion of the cornea, altered refractive powers, and altered visual acuity. We ascertained eighteen autosomal dominant multigenerational KTCN families from Ecuador and identified a novel locus on 13q32.1-q32.3. Here we present sequencing results of candidate keratoconus genes localized to 13q32.

Methods: : The keratoconus locus contains 23 known transcripts. Twelve of the genes were chosen for the evaluation. Genes are screened by standard techniques using genomic DNA samples from all individuals from family KTCN-014 and selected affected and unaffected individuals from other Ecuadorian families. Coding exons and intron-exon boundaries of the genes are evaluated.

Results: : Sequencing analysis of genes MBNL2, FARP1, ZIC5, ZIC2, FGF14, EFNB2, and RNF113B have not revealed mutations segregated with the disease phenotype. Several novel single nucleotide polymorphisms were identified. Other candidate genes, including DOCK9, PHGDHL1, VGCNL1, ERCG5, ING1 are currently being screened for a possible role in the pathogenesis of KTCN.

Conclusions: : To date, mutation analyses of candidate genes have not identified sequence alterations segregating with the keratoconus phenotype in this population.

Keywords: keratoconus • gene screening 

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