In silico analysis of a novel MKRN3 missense mutation in familial central precocious puberty

Vassos Neocleous, Christos Shammas, Marie M. Phelan, Stella Nicolaou, Leonidas A. Phylactou, Nicos Skordis

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Background The onset of puberty is influenced by the interplay of stimulating and restraining factors, many of which have a genetic origin. Premature activation of the GnRH secretion in central precocious puberty (CPP) may arise either from gain-of-function mutations of the KISS1 and KISS1R genes or from loss-of-function manner mutations of the MKRN3 gene leading to MKRN3 deficiency. Objective To explore the genetic causes responsible for CPP and the potential role of the RING finger protein 3 (MKRN3) gene. Design and patients We investigated potential sequence variations in the intronless MKRN3 gene by Sanger sequencing of the entire 507 amino acid coding region of exon 1 in a family with two affected girls presented with CPP at the age of 6 and 5·7 years, respectively. Results A novel heterozygous g.Gly312Asp missense mutation in the MKRN3 gene was identified in these siblings. The imprinted MKRN3 missense mutation was also identified as expected in the unaffected father and followed as expected an imprinted mode of inheritance. In silico analysis of the altered missense variant using the computational algorithms Polyphen2, SIFT and Mutation Taster predicted a damage and pathogenic alteration causing CPP. The pathogenicity of the alteration at the protein level via an in silico structural model is also explored. Conclusion A novel mutation in the MKRN3 gene in two sisters with CPP was identified, supporting the fundamental role of this gene in the suppression of the hypothalamic GnRH neurons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-84
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Endocrinology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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