Identification and characterization of eight novel SMPD1 mutations causing types A and B Niemann-Pick disease

Jonathan P. Desnick, Jungmin Kim, Xingxuan He, Melissa P. Wasserstein, Calogera M. Simonaro, Edward H. Schuchman

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Types A and B Niemann-Pick disease (NPD) result from the deficient activity of acid sphingomyelinase (ASM), due to mutations in the sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase 1 (SMPD1) gene. Here we report the identification, characterization and genotype/phenotype correlations of eight novel mutations in six unrelated NPD patients. These mutations included seven missense mutations: c.631T > C (p.W211R), c.757G > C (p.D253H), c.940G > A (p.V314M), c.1280A > G (p.H427R), c.1564A > G (p.N522S), c.1575G > C (p.Q525H) and c.1729A > G (p.H577R), and a novel frameshift mutation, c.1657delACCGCCT (fsT553). Each missense mutation was expressed in 293T or COS-7 cells; mutant enzymes p.W211R, p.D253H, p.H427R and p.H577R had <1% of expressed wild-type activity, whereas p.V314M, p.N522S and p.Q525H had 21.7%, 10.1% and 64% of expressed wild-type activity, respectively. The c.1564A > G mutation obliterated a known N-glycosylation site and its p.N522S mutant enzyme had ~10% of expressed wild-type activity. Western blot analysis revealed that each mutant protein was expressed at near wild-type amounts, despite their differences in residual activity. The novel seven-base deletion occurred at codon 553, leading to a premature truncation after residue 609. The expression studies predicted the clinical phenotypes of the six patients: two type A patients had genotypes with only type A alleles [c.631T > C (p.W211R), c.757G > C (p.D253H) and c.1729A > G (p.H577R)], and the other four type B disease patients had at least one neuroprotective mutant type B allele [c.940G > A (p.V314M), c.1280A > G (p.H427R), c.1564A > G (p.N522S) and c.1575G > C (p.Q525H)] that expressed >5% residual ASM activity. Thus, these new mutations provide novel genotype/phenotype correlations and further document the genetic heterogeneity in types A and B NPD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-321
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular Medicine
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 2010


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