TARGOVNIK Hector Manuel
A novel 1297-1304delGCCTGCCA mutation in the exon 10 of the thyroid hormone receptor beta gene causes resistance to thyroid hormone.
RIVOLTA, CARINA M.; MALLEA GIL, M. SUSANA; BALLARINO, CAROLINA; RIDRUEJO, M. CAROLINA; MIGUEL, CARLOS M.; GIMENEZ, SILVIA B.; BERNACCHI, SILVIA S.; TARGOVNIK, HÉCTOR M.
Adis Data Information BV
Año: 2004 vol. 8 p. 163 - 163
INTRODUCTION: Resistance to the thyroid hormone (RTH) is an inherited syndrome of reduced tissue responsiveness to hormonal action caused by mutations located in the ligand-binding domain and adjacent hinge region of the thyroid hormone receptor b (TRb) gene. PATIENT: The patient in this study, a 42-year-old Caucasian male, came to medical attention because he experienced atrial fibrillation. Clinical evaluation showed a small and diffuse goiter and biochemical tests revealed markedly elevated concentrations of total T4, total T3, and free T4, normal thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) values and slightly increased I131 thyroid uptake at 24 hours. The thyroperoxidase, thyroglobulin, and TSH receptor antibodies were positive. He was treated with cabergoline plus methimazole. This treatment was stopped because of the inconsistent response, monotherapy with tri-iodothyroacetic acid (TRIAC) was then prescribed after molecular diagnosis confirmed RTH syndrome. METHODS: The exons 9 and 10 of the TRb gene, including splicing signals and the flanking intronic regions of each intron, were amplified with PCR. DNA sequences from each amplified fragment were performed with the Taq polymerase-based chain terminator method and using the specific TRb forward and reverse primers. RESULTS: Direct sequence analysis of the exons 9 and 10 of the TRb gene revealed an eight basepair deletion, 1297-1304delGCCTGCCA in exon 10. The mutation produces a frameshift at amino acid 433 and introduces a stop codon TGA at position 461, 85 nucleotides downstream from deletion. This alteration was not detected in either the father or mother of the patient, suggesting a de novo mutation that was confirmed by DNA fingerprint analysis. CONCLUSIONS: In the present study we have identified a novel sporadic mutation corresponding to 1297-1304delGCCTGCCA deletion in the activating function 2 (AF-2) region of TRb. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the presence of a partial deletion of eight nucleotides in the TRb has been reported.