Research Article

A novel stop codon mutation in exon 1 (558C>A) of the UGT1A1 gene in a Thai neonate with Crigler-Najjar syndrome type I

Published: January 23, 2015
Genet. Mol. Res. 14 (1) : 419-425 DOI: https://doi.org/10.4238/2015.January.23.15
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(2015). A novel stop codon mutation in exon 1 (558C>A) of the UGT1A1 gene in a Thai neonate with Crigler-Najjar syndrome type I. Genet. Mol. Res. 14(1): gmr4372. https://doi.org/10.4238/2015.January.23.15
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Abstract

Human uridine 5'-diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferases play a critical role in detoxification by conjugating bilirubin with glucoronic acid. Impaired or reduced enzymatic activity causes a spectrum of clinical disorders such as Crigler-Najjar syndrome type I (CN1), Crigler-Najjar syndrome type II, and Gilbert’s syndrome. CN1 is a severe form of unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia caused by homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in the gene for uridine 5'-diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase 1 family, polypeptide A1 (UGT1A1), resulting in complete loss of enzyme function. Here, we report a novel homozygous mutation of UGT1A1 in a female Thai infant who was diagnosed with CN1, and her parents were found to be heterozygous carriers. The patient was homozygous for the c.558C>A mutation, which resulted in a premature stop codon in exon 1. Her asymptomatic parents were carriers of the nonsense c.558C>A mutation. Our result suggests an important role for homozygous c.558C>A mutations in the UGT1A1 gene in the development of severe unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia.

Human uridine 5'-diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferases play a critical role in detoxification by conjugating bilirubin with glucoronic acid. Impaired or reduced enzymatic activity causes a spectrum of clinical disorders such as Crigler-Najjar syndrome type I (CN1), Crigler-Najjar syndrome type II, and Gilbert’s syndrome. CN1 is a severe form of unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia caused by homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in the gene for uridine 5'-diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase 1 family, polypeptide A1 (UGT1A1), resulting in complete loss of enzyme function. Here, we report a novel homozygous mutation of UGT1A1 in a female Thai infant who was diagnosed with CN1, and her parents were found to be heterozygous carriers. The patient was homozygous for the c.558C>A mutation, which resulted in a premature stop codon in exon 1. Her asymptomatic parents were carriers of the nonsense c.558C>A mutation. Our result suggests an important role for homozygous c.558C>A mutations in the UGT1A1 gene in the development of severe unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia.