Leber congenital amaurosis: First genotyped Hungarian patients and report of 2 novel mutations in the CRB1 and CEP290 genes

Rita Vámos, Maigi Külm, Viktoria Szabó, Aune Ahman, Balázs Lesch, Miklós Schneider, Balázs Varsányi, Zoltán Zsolt Nagy, J. Németh, A. Farkas

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Purpose: To introduce the first Hungarian patients with genetically defined Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and to report 2 novel mutations. Methods: Seven otherwise healthy patients (4-29 years, 5 male and 2 female) who had an onset of severe visual impairment before age 2 years were investigated. The diagnosis was established in all individuals by medical history, funduscopy, and full-field electroretinogram (ERG). Ocular examination included visual acuity testing, digital fundus photography, and in 6 patients retinal imaging with optical coherence tomography (OCT). Arrayed primer extension microarray screening was performed in all probands. In 2 patients, further Sanger sequencing and targeted next-generation sequencing revealed the second disease allele. Results: A cone-rod type LCA was revealed in 4 patients and a rod-cone type disease in 3 patients. Five patients presented with maculopathy. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging showed diffuse retinal thickening in 3 probands with severe macular atrophy in one. Full-field ERGs were undetectable or residual in all patients. Genetic screening revealed AIPL1, CRB1, and CEP290 gene-related pathology in 6 patients; in 1 proband, no mutation was found. Three homozygous and 3 compound heterozygous mutations were identified. Two novel variants were detected: c.2536G>T (p.G846X) in the CRB1 gene and c.4929delA (p.Lys1643fsX2) in the CEP290 gene. Conclusions: Genetic subtypes identified are among the most common ones in LCA; the phenotypes are consistent with those reported previously. Both novel mutations are predicted to result in a premature translation termination. The phenotype related to the novel CRB1 mutation results in severe atrophic maculopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-84
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2 2015


  • AIPL1
  • CEP290
  • CRB1
  • Novel mutations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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