Mutations in RSPH1 cause primary ciliary dyskinesia with a unique clinical and ciliary phenotype.


Journal Article

RATIONALE: Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a genetically heterogeneous recessive disorder of motile cilia, but the genetic cause is not defined for all patients with PCD. OBJECTIVES: To identify disease-causing mutations in novel genes, we performed exome sequencing, follow-up characterization, mutation scanning, and genotype-phenotype studies in patients with PCD. METHODS: Whole-exome sequencing was performed using NimbleGen capture and Illumina HiSeq sequencing. Sanger-based sequencing was used for mutation scanning, validation, and segregation analysis. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: We performed exome sequencing on an affected sib-pair with normal ultrastructure in more than 85% of cilia. A homozygous splice-site mutation was detected in RSPH1 in both siblings; parents were carriers. Screening RSPH1 in 413 unrelated probands, including 325 with PCD and 88 with idiopathic bronchiectasis, revealed biallelic loss-of-function mutations in nine additional probands. Five affected siblings of probands in RSPH1 families harbored the familial mutations. The 16 individuals with RSPH1 mutations had some features of PCD; however, nasal nitric oxide levels were higher than in patients with PCD with other gene mutations (98.3 vs. 20.7 nl/min; P < 0.0003). Additionally, individuals with RSPH1 mutations had a lower prevalence (8 of 16) of neonatal respiratory distress, and later onset of daily wet cough than typical for PCD, and better lung function (FEV1), compared with 75 age- and sex-matched PCD cases (73.0 vs. 61.8, FEV1 % predicted; P = 0.043). Cilia from individuals with RSPH1 mutations had normal beat frequency (6.1 ± Hz at 25°C), but an abnormal, circular beat pattern. CONCLUSIONS: The milder clinical disease and higher nasal nitric oxide in individuals with biallelic mutations in RSPH1 provides evidence of a unique genotype-phenotype relationship in PCD, and suggests that mutations in RSPH1 may be associated with residual ciliary function.

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Cited Authors

  • Knowles, MR; Ostrowski, LE; Leigh, MW; Sears, PR; Davis, SD; Wolf, WE; Hazucha, MJ; Carson, JL; Olivier, KN; Sagel, SD; Rosenfeld, M; Ferkol, TW; Dell, SD; Milla, CE; Randell, SH; Yin, W; Sannuti, A; Metjian, HM; Noone, PG; Noone, PJ; Olson, CA; Patrone, MV; Dang, H; Lee, H-S; Hurd, TW; Gee, HY; Otto, EA; Halbritter, J; Kohl, S; Kircher, M; Krischer, J; Bamshad, MJ; Nickerson, DA; Hildebrandt, F; Shendure, J; Zariwala, MA

Published Date

  • March 15, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 189 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 707 - 717

PubMed ID

  • 24568568

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24568568

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1535-4970

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1164/rccm.201311-2047OC


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States