Journal article

Differential regulation of two FLNA transcripts explains some of the phenotypic heterogeneity in the loss-of-function filaminopathies

Zandra A Jenkins, Alison Macharg, Cheng-Yee Chang, Margriet van Kogelenberg, Tim Morgan, Sophia Frentz, Wenhua Wei, Jacek Pilch, Mark Hannibal, Nicola Foulds, George McGillivray, Richard J Leventer, Sixto Garcia-Minaur, Stuart Sugito, Scott Nightingale, David M Markie, Tracy Dudding, Raj P Kapur, Stephen P Robertson

HUMAN MUTATION | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Loss-of-function mutations in the X-linked gene FLNA can lead to abnormal neuronal migration, vascular and cardiac defects, and congenital intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIPO), the latter characterized by anomalous intestinal smooth muscle layering. Survival in male hemizygotes for such mutations is dependent on retention of residual FLNA function but it is unclear why a subgroup of males with mutations in the 5' end of the gene can present with CIPO alone. Here, we demonstrate evidence for the presence of two FLNA isoforms differing by 28 residues at the N-terminus initiated at ATG+1 and ATG+82 . A male with CIPO (c.18_19del) exclusively expressed FLNA ATG+82 , implicating the longer protei..

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