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J Med Genet 43:e30 doi:10.1136/jmg.2005.037556
  • Electronic letters

Golabi-Ito-Hall syndrome results from a missense mutation in the WW domain of the PQBP1 gene

  1. H Lubs1,2,
  2. F E Abidi1,
  3. R Echeverri2,
  4. L Holloway1,
  5. A Meindl3,
  6. R E Stevenson1,
  7. C E Schwartz1
  1. 1JC Self Research Institute of Human Genetics, Greenwood Genetic Center, Greenwood, SC, USA
  2. 2University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
  3. 3Department of Medical Genetics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Charles E Schwartz
 JC Self Research Institute of Human Genetics, Greenwood Genetic Center, 113 Gregor Mendel Circle, Greenwood, SC 29646, USA; ceschwartz{at}ggc.org
  • Accepted 13 October 2005
  • Revised 10 October 2005

Abstract

Background: Golabi, Ito, and Hall reported a family with X linked mental retardation (XLMR), microcephaly, postnatal growth deficiency, and other anomalies, including atrial septal defect, in 1984.

Methods: This family was restudied as part of our ongoing study of XLMR, but significant linkage to X chromosome markers could not be found. Extreme short stature and microcephaly as well as other new clinical findings were observed. Mutations in the polyglutamine tract binding protein 1 gene (PQBP1) have recently been reported in four XLMR disorders (Renpenning, Hamel cerebro-palato-cardiac, Sutherland-Haan, and Porteous syndromes) as well as in several other families. The clinical similarity of our family to these patients with mutations in PQBP1, particularly the presence of microcephaly, short stature, and atrial septal defect, prompted examination of this gene.

Results: A missense mutation in PQBP1 was identified which changed the conserved tyrosine residue in the WW domain at position 65 to a cysteine (p.Y65C).

Conclusions: This is the first missense mutation identified in PQBP1 and the first mutation in the WW domain of the gene. The WW domain has been shown to play an important role in the regulation of transcription by interacting with the PPxY motif found in transcription factors. The p.Y65C mutation may affect the proper functioning of the PQBP1 protein as a transcriptional co-activator.

Footnotes

  • Grant support was provided by NICHD (HD 26202)

  • Competing interests: none declared

  • Patient details are published with consent