An Ashkenazi founder mutation in the PKHD1 gene

Adina Quint, Michal Sagi, Shai Carmi, Hagit Daum, Michal Macarov, Ziva Ben Neriah, Vardiela Meiner, Orly Elpeleg, Israela Lerer*

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Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) is usually detected late in pregnancies in embryos with large echogenic kidneys accompanied by oligohydramnios. Hundreds of private pathogenic variants have been identified in the large PKHD1 gene in various populations. Yet, because of the large size of the gene, segregation analysis of microsatellite polymorphic markers residing in the PKDH1 locus has commonly been utilized for prenatal diagnosis. Keeping in mind the limitations of this strategy, we utilized it for testing 7 families with affected fetuses or newborns, of which in 5 at least one parent was Ashkenazi, and identified that the same haplotype was shared by the majority of the Ashkenazi parents (7/9). This led us to suspect that they carry the same founder mutation. Whole Exome analysis of DNA from a fetus of one of the families detected an already known pathogenic variant c.3761_3762delCCinsG, an indel variant resulting in frameshift (p.Ala1254GlyfsX49). This variant was detected in 9 parents (families), of them 7 individuals were Ashkenazi and one Moroccan Jew who shared the same haplotype, and one Ashkenazi, who carried the same variant on a recombinant haplotype. Screening for this variant in 364 Ashkenazi individuals detected 2 carriers. These findings suggest that although c.3761_3762delCCinsG is considered one of the frequent variants detected in unrelated individuals, and was thought to have occurred independently on various haplotypes, it is in fact a founder mutation in the Ashkenazi population.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)86-90
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Medical Genetics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

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  • Ashkenazi
  • C.3761_3762delCCinsG
  • Founder mutation
  • PKHD1


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