Author(s): Tang NL, Zhang W, Grabowski GA, To KF, Choy FY,
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Abstract We investigated 10 unrelated Chinese patients with type 2 Gaucher disease and performed ex vivo expression for the novel mutations to characterize their functional defects. These patients were diagnosed by enzymatic assays and clinicopathologic features over the past five years in a national centre in China. Genomic DNA was sequenced by a two-stage PCR approach for mutations in the functional GBA gene. Novel mutations were expressed with baculovirus-transfected Sf21 cells. Six novel mutations were found (in traditional nomenclature): P122L, Y363C, N382K, L383R, L385P, and M416V. Review of reported mutations indicated clustering of type 2 mutations in three regions of the GBA gene. Expression of novel mutations revealed that the enzyme defect could arise from one of two mechanisms: loss of catalytic activity (Y363C and M416V) or enzyme instability (P122L and N382K).
This article was published in Hum Mutat
and referenced in Journal of Proteomics & Bioinformatics