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Genotype-phenotype correlations in Chinese patients with TGFBI gene-linked corneal dystrophy

Yan LONG 1,Yang-shun GU 1,Wei HAN 1,Xiu-yi LI 1,Ping YU 2,Ming QI 2 (1 Department of Ophthalmology,the First Affiliated Hospital,School of Medicine,Zhejiang University,Hangzhou 310003,China) (2 Department of Medical Genetics,School of Medicine,Zhejiang University,Hangzhou 310029,China)  
In this paper,we report the clinical and molecular features of the distinct TGFBI (human transforming growth factor β-induced,OMIM No.601692) gene-linked corneal dystrophy.Altogether,five pedigrees and ten unrelated individuals diagnosed as corneal dystrophy were recruited.Peripheral venous DNA was extracted,and then amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and scanned for mutation by single-stranded conformation polymorphism (SSCP).Direct DNA sequencing was used to analyze the mutations of the TGFBI gene.In our study,thirty patients from five pedigrees and ten sporadic patients were diagnosed as four TGFBI gene-linked corneal dystrophies of granular corneal dystrophy type I (GGCD I),Avellino corneal dystrophy (ACD),lattice corneal dystrophy type I (LCD I),and lattice corneal dystrophy type ⅢA (LCD IIIA),and in total,seven disease-causing mutations,namely R555W,A546D,A546T,and T538P mutations in exon 12,R124H and R124C mutations in exon 4,and P501T mutation in exon 11,were identified,while four polymorphisms of V327V,L472L,F540F,and 1665-1666insC were screened in exons 8,11,and 12.The study ascertained the tight genotype-phenotype relationship and confirmed the clinical and genetic features of four TGFBI gene-linked corneal dystrophies.
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