ISSN 1470-3947 (print) | ISSN 1479-6848 (online)

Endocrine Abstracts (2010) 24 OC2.6

Novel TSHR mutations in a large cohort of consanguineous families with congenital non-goitrous hypothyroidism

H Cangul1, Z Aycan4, H Saglam2, T Yakut2, M Karkucak2, V Bas4, E Eren2, S Yuca6, K Demir5, S Cetinkaya4, G A Kirby1, N V Morgan1, J R Forman3, O Tarim2, E Bober5, Y Cesur6, M Kendall2, W Hogler7, T G Barrett1 & E R Maher1

1University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; 2Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey; 3Institut Pasteur, Paris, France; 4Dr Sami Ulus Woman Health, Children Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey; 5Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey; 6Yuzuncu Yil University, Van, Turkey; 7Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, UK.

Introduction: Non-syndromic autosomal recessively inherited non-goitrous congenital hypothyroidism (CHNG) can be caused by mutations in TSHR, PAX8, TSHB, and NKX2-5. We aimed to investigate mutational frequencies of these genes and genotype/phenotype correlations in consanguineous families with CHNG.

Design: Since consanguinity in individuals with a presumptive genetic condition is often an indicator of an autosomal recessive inheritance and allows firmer correlations to be established between genotype and phenotype, we planned to execute our study in consanguineous families.

Methods: One hundred and thirty-nine children with CHNG phenotype born to consanguineous families were first investigated for evidence of linkage to the four known-CHNG genes by microsatellite marker analysis. Mutation analysis by direct sequencing was then performed in those cases in whom linkage to the relevant candidate gene could not be excluded. In addition in silico analysis of the predicted structural effects of TSHR mutations was performed and related to the mutation specific disease phenotype.

Results: Homozygous germline TSHR mutations were detected in 6 families (5%), but no mutations were detected in PAX8, TSHB, and NKX2-5. Four of TSHR mutations had not previously been described. Genotype-phenotype correlations were established and found to be related to the predicted structural effects of the mutations.

Conclusions: Known-causative genes account for the development of CHNG only in a minority of cases and our cohort should provide a powerful resource to identify novel causative genes and to delineate the extent of locus heterogeneity in autosomal recessively inherited CHNG.