Publications by authors named "Erich Schaflinger"

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Identification of a novel protein truncating mutation p.Asp98* in XPC associated with xeroderma pigmentosum in a consanguineous Pakistani family.

Mol Genet Genomic Med 2020 02 10;8(2):e1060. Epub 2020 Jan 10.

Diagnostic & Research Institute of Human Genetics, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria.

Background: Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a rare genetic disorder, which is characterized by hyper-sensitivity to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Clinical consequences of sun exposure are skin lesions and an increased risk of developing skin cancer. Genetic studies have identified eight genes associated with xeroderma pigmentosum. The proteins encoded by these genes are mainly involved in DNA repair mechanisms.

Methods: Molecular genetic characterization of patients with xeroderma pigmentosum involved positional cloning methods such as homozygosity mapping and subsequent candidate gene analysis. Mutation screening was performed through Sanger DNA sequencing.

Results And Discussion: In this case study, we report a novel protein truncating mutation in XPC associated with autosomal recessive xeroderma pigmentosum in a consanguineous Pakistani family. Genetic mapping revealed a novel single base insertion of a thymine nucleotide NM_004628.4: c.291dupT (c.291_292insT) in the second exon of XPC. The identified mutation leads to a premature stop codon (TGA) at amino acid position 98 (p.Asp98*) and thus presumably results in a truncated protein. The Xeroderma pigmentosum, complementation group C (XPC) is located on 3p25.1 and encodes a protein involved in nucleotide excision repair. The identified mutation presumably truncates all functional domains of the XPC protein, which likely results in the loss of protein function.

Conclusion: The study expands the knowledge of the mutational spectrum of XPC and is valuable for genetic counseling of affected individuals and their families.
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February 2020

Genetic study of Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa resident Pakistani families presenting primary microcephaly with intellectual disability.

J Pak Med Assoc 2019 Dec;69(12):1812-1816

Gomal Centre of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Gomal University, D.I. Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Objective: To investigate the genetic factor responsible for causing microcephaly and determine allelic heterogeneity of Abnormal spindle microtubule gene.

Methods: The genetic study was conducted at the Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat, and Gomal University, D.I.Khan, Pakistan, during 2017-18, and comprised 5 consanguineous families from South Waziristan, Kurram Agency, Karak, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan regions of the country's Khyber Pakhtukhwa province. Blood samples from all available and cooperative family members (including normal and affected) were obtained, and molecular analysis was carried out through whole genome single nucleotide polymorphisms genotyping, exome sequencing and Sanger sequencing.

Results: Of the 15 patients, 9(60%) were males and 6(40%) were females. Genetic mapping revealed linkage to the MCPH5 locus which harbours the microcephaly-associated abnormal spindle-like microcephaly gene. Mutation analysis of the gene identified missense mutation c.3978G>A (p.Trp1326*) in families A, B and C, a deletion mutation c.7782_7783delGA (p.(Lys2595Serfs*6)) in family D, and a splice site defect c.2936+5G>A in family E.

Conclusions: There was suggestion of strong founder effect of mutation c.3978G>A (p.Trp1326*).
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December 2019