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Functional analysis of the third identified SLC25A19 mutation causative for the thiamine metabolism dysfunction syndrome 4


Thiamine metabolism dysfunction syndrome-4 (THMD4) includes episodic encephalopathy, often associated with a febrile illness, causing transient neurologic dysfunction and a slowly progressive axonal polyneuropathy. Until now only two mutations (G125S and S194P) have been reported in the SLC25A19 gene as causative for this disease and a third mutation (G177A) as related to the Amish lethal microcephaly. In this work, we describe the clinical and molecular features of a patient carrying a novel mutation (c.576G>C; Q192H) on SLC25A19 gene. Functional studies on this mutation were performed explaining the pathogenetic role of c.576G>C in affecting the translational efficiency and/or stability of hMTPPT protein instead of the mRNA expression. These findings support the pathogenetic role of Q192H (c.576G>C) mutation on SLC25A19 gene. Moreover, despite in other patients the thiamine supplementation leaded to a substantial improvement of peripheral neuropathy, our patient did not show a clinical improvement.

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This study was supported by IRCCS Burlo Garofolo (Ricerca Corrente 31/17). The authors thank the family for their participation in this project.

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RB, MDP, HMS, and FF designed the study, and drafted the manuscript. SS and RB performed functional studies under HMS and FF supervision. VP performed SNP-array analysis. MDP, KV, AT, and FF collected the samples and performed clinical analysis. All authors revised critically the paper and approved the final version.

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Correspondence to Flavio Faletra.

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Bottega, R., Perrone, M.D., Vecchiato, K. et al. Functional analysis of the third identified SLC25A19 mutation causative for the thiamine metabolism dysfunction syndrome 4. J Hum Genet 64, 1075–1081 (2019).

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