Autosomal-dominant congenital cataract associated with a deletion mutation in the human beaded filament protein gene BFSP2

Petra M. Jakobs, John F. Hess, Paul G FitzGerald, Patricia Kramer, Richard G. Weleber, Michael Litt

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Abstract

Congenital cataracts are a common major abnormality of the eye that frequently cause blindness in infants. At least one-third of all cases are familial; autosomal-dominant congenital cataract appears to be the most- common familial form in the Western world. Elsewhere, in family ADCC-3, we mapped an autosomal-dominant cataract gene to chromosome 3q21-q22, near the gene that encodes a lens-specific beaded filament protein gene, BFSP2. By sequencing the coding regions of BFSP2, we found that a deletion mutation, ΔE233, is associated with cataracts in this family. This is the first report of an inherited cataract that is caused by a mutation in a cytoskeletal protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1432-1436
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Genetics
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics

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