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Griscelli Syndrome Type 3: A Case Report from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Noufa Alonazi*, Aisha Alanazi, Rozeena Huma, Abdulrahman Alnemri and Abbas Hawwari
Department of Pediatrics, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author : Noufa Alonazi
Department of Pediatrics
Prince Sultan Military Medical City
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 15, 2015 Accepted: March 25, 2016 Published: March 30, 2016
Citation: Alonazi N, Alanazi A, Huma R, Alnemri A, Hawwari A (2016) Griscelli Syndrome Type 3: A Case Report from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. J Clin Case Rep 6:750. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000750
Copyright: © 2016 Alonazi N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Griscelli syndrome (GS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by partial albinism. GSis a rare condition; its prevalence is unknown. Type 2 appears to be the most common of the three known types. The three different types of GS are caused by mutations in three different genes. Patients with GS type 1 have primary central nervous system dysfunction, resulting from mutations in the MYO5A gene. Type 2 patients commonly develop hemophagocytic. Lymphohistiocytosis, caused by mutations in the RAB27A gene, and type 3 have only partial albinism resulting from mutations in the MLPH. While hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is lifesaving in type 2, no specific therapy is required for types 1 and 3. Patients with GS types 1 and 3 are very rare. To date, 12 patients with similar presentation of GS-3 as our case have been reported. About 20 GS type 1 patients, including the patients described as Elejalde syndrome, have been reported. We report a 11 years old child with type 3 GS, referred to our clinic for partial albinism, healthy otherwise, having only pigmentary dilution; silvery gray hair, eye brows, and eyelashes. Though GS type1 and 2 have been reported in the literature; however reports on GS type 3 from Saudi Arabia are very scanty. In communities with high incidence of consanguinity possibility of GS should be kept in mind.

Griscelli syndrome type 3; Gene mutation; Saudi Arabia
Griscelli syndrome (GS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder, first described by Griscelli in 1978 as partial albinism with cellular immunodeficiency [1]. Characterized by a silver-gray sheen of the hair and the presence of large clusters of pigment in the hair shaft, and the occurrence of either a primary neurological impairment or a severe immunological disorder. Immunodeficiency leads to frequent pyogenic infections and episodes of acute fever, neutropenia, and thrombocytopenia, pigmentary dilution of hair, Hypogammaglobinemia, and deficient antibody production (Figures 1 and 2a, 2b).
Three types of this disorder are distinguished by its genetic cause and pattern of signs and symptoms [2-5]. GS type 1 is caused by mutation in the MYO5A gene, causing severe primary neurological impairment such as developmental delay and mental retardation, in addition to the distinctive skin and hair coloring. Affected individual may have intellectual disability, seizures, and weak muscle tone (hypotonia) eye and vision abnormalities. Patients with GS type 2 caused by mutation in RAB27A gene, associated with a primary immunodeficiency due to an impairment of T cell and natural killer cytotoxic activity, which leads to susceptibility to recurrent infections. They also develop an immune condition called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), in which the immune system produces too many activated immune cells called T-lymphocytes and macrophages (histiocytes). Over activity of these cells can damage organs and tissues throughout the body, causing lifethreatening complications if the condition is untreated. Patients with GS type 2 do not have the neurological abnormalities like type 1 [1-5].
Light skin and hair coloring are the only features of GS type 3. People with this form of the disorder do not have neurological abnormalities or immune system problems. Light microscopy examination of the hair shaft is an easy way to diagnose GS, typically with a large cluster of pigment unevenly distributed in the hair shaft predominantly in the medulla [6,7]. Electron microscopy of skin biopsy shows massive accumulation of mature Melanosomes within the melanocytes of the skin, contrasting with spare pigment in the adjacent keratinocytes [8]. Prevalence of GS is unknown in Saudi Arabia; Type 2 appears to be the most common of the three known types. GS type1 and 2 are reported in the literature however GS type 3 from Saudi Arabia is rarely reported [9]. Here we are reporting a case of GS Type 3 from KSA.
Case Presentation
Eleven Years old Saudi boy, followed up at our clinic since the age of 2 months, for Partial Albinism since birth. The patient is a product of full term pregnancy, born by spontaneous vaginal delivery with good APGAR score and normal birth weight (3.1 kg), with no postnatal complications and discharged home with mother. He was born to consanguineous healthy parents (first degree cousins) with no history of similar condition in the family. The patient had no history of recurrent Sino pulmonary infection or skin infection. He is not dysmorphic, with silvery-gray hair including the eyebrows and eyelashes with normal skin (Figure 1). There was no lymphadenopathy or hepatosplenomegaly. Regularly performed neurologic assessments showed normal muscle tone and reflexes. Gross motor activities and cognitive functions, normal. His investigations revealed normal blood count, differential and peripheral blood smear. Immunoglobulin levels were normal. Nitro blue tetrazolium test (NBT) and lymphocyte subset analysis were normal with normal lymphocyte cytotoxic activities.
Light microscopy examination of his hair showed large clumps of pigment irregularly distributed along the hair shaft. Genomic DNA sequencing revealed a novel, homozygous mutation in MLHP gene at Exon 1. The patient genome contained a missense mutation (c.104 G>A) ) which resulted in an amino acid change from a conserved positively charged hydrophilic amino acid (Arginine; R) to a neutral amino acid (Glutamine; Q) at amino acid position of 35 (R35Q). Both parents were heterozygote for this mutation. This mutation has not been described previously (Figure 2c).
Three types of GS have been identified, silvery gray hair is common to all three, but immunological defects are onsly seen in the patients with GS type 2 [10,11]. GS types 1 and 3 are caused by mutations in the MYO5A and MLPH genes, respectively, whereas type 2 is caused by mutations in RAB27A (Figure 2) [12,13].
Oculo-cutaneous hypopigmentation may be associated with primary immunodeficiency diseases involving immune dys-regulation. The definitive diagnosis can only be made after molecular analysis.
Only 12 patients with confirm diagnoses of GS3 have been reported [14-17]. In this paper we are reporting the 13th case of GS3 in a normal 10 year old boy from Saudi Arabia. Only Two patients out of the reported 12 have congenital heart defect (one with hypoplastic left heart syndrome [14], the other one with an innocent cardiac murmur [15]. Fortunately our patient have no Cardiac involvement. Unlike all patients with GS3 in the literature, our patient was diagnosed during infancy. While the average age at GS3 diagnosed is 9.9 years which may highlight on that the GS3 may be under diagnosed. In addition our patient was born to a consanguineous parents similar to the 11 cases which have been reported with one case reported to be an Arab origin with no consanguinity.
Moreover our patient Genomic DNA sequencing revealed a novel, homozygous Mutation in MLHP gene (c.104G>A) whereas all reported cases have a homozygous for (c.102>T) [14-17]. GS is a fatal disorder leading to death in early life if not treated. However genotype-phenotype correlation suggests that the natural course of the disease and outcome is dictated by the site and type of the genetic mutation. Prognosis of GS type 2 is poor, and patients usually die in early childhood of complications such as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, unless they undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. However the prognosis of GS3 is good where no special treatment needed [17,18].
GS3 patients have no need for treatment and as seen in the present case the patient has attained 11 year of age and doing well with no deficit or medical illness.
GS is a fatal disorder leading to death in early life. However genotype-phenotype correlation suggests that the natural course of the disease and outcome is dictated by the site and type of the genetic mutation.
Survival of the patient beyond the second decade in the absence of specific treatment suggests some unusual or mild form of GS. Bone marrow transplant (BMT) or peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) is advised as the curative therapy for GS as early as possible in the course of the disease, which suggests that the cells of hematopoietic origin are responsible for the fatal outcome in GS. However in present case the child is growing normal without any deficit.
Since prognosis, treatment options, and genetic counseling markedly differ among different types, molecular characterization has utmost importance in GS [19].
With high rate of consanguineous marriage in our country premarital Genetic counseling and educational programs for the families are essential in this regions. Moreover, we need to educate the physician about different phenotypes of GS. So any pediatric patient with striking presentation like grey hair color can be referred to pediatrician for evaluation of GS as to start early intervention to improve outcome.

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  1. Catherine
    Posted on Jul 28 2016 at 6:53 pm
    The authors present a detailed and convincing account of a child with Griscelli syndrome 3 with a novel mutation in the MLPH gene encoding for melanophilin. The authors also describe the fact that the 3 forms of Griscelli syndrome are indistinguishable on the basis of hair shaft examination with regard to pigment distribution. The authors describe a novel mutation in the MLPH gene which is repeatedly mentioned as MLHP in the text that has not been reported in the SNP database. The article adds to the current knowledge on Griscelli syndrome.

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