Pseudodominant Inheritance of Goitrous Congenital Hypothyroidism Caused by TPO Mutations: Molecular and in Silico Studies

Deladoëy, Johnny; Pfarr, Nicole; Vuissoz, Jean-Marc; Parma, Jasmine; Vassart, Gilbert; Biesterfeld, Stefan; Pohlenz, Joachim; Van Vliet, Guy (2008). Pseudodominant Inheritance of Goitrous Congenital Hypothyroidism Caused by TPO Mutations: Molecular and in Silico Studies. Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism, 93(2), pp. 627-33. Chevy Chase, Md.: Endocrine Society 10.1210/jc.2007-2276

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Context and Objective: Most cases of goitrous congenital hypothyroidism (CH) from thyroid dyshormonogenesis 1) follow a recessive mode of inheritance and 2) are due to mutations in the thyroid peroxidase gene (TPO). We report the genetic mechanism underlying the apparently dominant inheritance of goitrous CH in a nonconsanguineous family of French Canadian origin. Design, Setting, and Participants: Two brothers identified by newborn TSH screening had severe hypothyroidism and a goiter with increased (99m)Tc uptake. The mother was euthyroid, but the father and two paternal uncles had also been diagnosed with goitrous CH. After having excluded PAX8 gene mutations, we hypothesized that the underlying defect could be TPO mutations. Results: Both compound heterozygous siblings had inherited a mutant TPO allele carried by their mother (c.1496delC; p.Pro499Argfs2X), and from their father, one brother had inherited a missense mutation (c.1978C-->G; p.Gln660Glu) and the other an insertion (c.1955insT; p.Phe653Valfs15X). The thyroid gland of one uncle who is a compound heterozygote for TPO mutations (p.Phe653Valfs15X/p.Gln660Glu) was removed because of concurrent multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A. Immunohistochemistry revealed normal TPO staining, implying that Gln660Glu TPO is expressed properly. Modeling of this mutant in silico suggests that its three-dimensional structure is conserved, whereas the electrostatic binding energy between the Gln660Glu TPO and its heme group becomes repulsive. Conclusion: We report a pedigree presenting with pseudodominant goitrous CH due to segregation of three different TPO mutations. Although goitrous CH generally follows a recessive mode of inheritance, the high frequency of TPO mutations carriers may lead to pseudodominant inheritance.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

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Deladoëy, Johnny, Vuissoz, Jean-Marc






Endocrine Society




Anette van Dorland

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04 Oct 2013 14:55

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12 Oct 2023 15:47

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