Purpose: To determine whether pathogenic mutations exist in the ELOVL4 gene in patients with inherited retinal degenerations other than Stargardt-like macular dystrophy or other hereditary macular degenerations. Methods: All six exons comprising the open reading frame of the ELOVL4 gene were evaluated by single-strand conformation analysis, direct nucleotide sequencing, or both methods. Results: No pathogenic mutations were found among 84 patients with autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa or among 51 patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (congenital retinal blindness). Conclusions: These data support the conclusion that recessive retinitis pigmentosa and Leber congenital amaurosis are rarely if ever associated with changes in the ELOVL4 gene.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - 2003|
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