Copper-transporting P-type adenosine triphosphatase (ATP7B) has been identified as the pathogenic gene in hepatolenticular degeneration, or Wilson’s disease (WD). The aim of this study was to explore the correlation between genetic mutations and the clinical profile of WD, and to discuss the value of mutation examination in its diagnosis for providing a scientific basis for the development of a method to examine genetic mutations. Sixty-eight Chinese Han patients with WD and 20 controls were included in this study.
We investigated the genetic mutations involved in Wilson’s disease to improve prenatal genetic diagnosis and presymptomatic diagnosis. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to amplify the exons and exon-intron boundaries of the ATP7B gene in 35 Wilson’s disease pedigrees. The PCR products were further analyzed by Sanger sequencing. Prenatal genetic diagnoses were performed by chorionic villus sampling after the genotypes of parents of the probands were identified. The overall mutation detection frequency was 92.9%.