Functional characterisation of the H365Y mutation of the 21-hydroxylase gene in congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Dairena Gaffney, A. Forbes Howie, Anwar M. El Bakkush, Thorsten M. Hoffmann, J. Ian Mason, A. Michael Wallace, Malcolm D. C. Donaldson

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The study subject was a 13 day-old boy admitted to hospital, with weight loss since birth. He presented with the vomiting and hypotension that are classical features of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). The most common type of CAH is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the 21-hydroxylase (CYP21A2) gene. To examine the CYP21A2 gene, gene-specific PCR was carried out, followed by sequencing. The baby was shown to be a compound heterozygote H365Y/R356W for two CYP21A2 gene mutations each inherited from a different parent. One of the mutations has not previously been functionally characterised. The mutations were reconstructed in an expression plasmid and characterised in vitro after transient transfection into human embryonic kidney (HEK293T) and hepatoblastoma (C3A) cell lines followed by measurement of enzyme activity. The CYP21A2 H365Y mutant exhibited minimal 21-hydroxylase activity to convert 17-hydroxyprogesterone to 11-deoxycortisol or progesterone to 11-deoxycorticosterone. Western immunoblotting indicated that the H365Y enzyme was produced in more variable amounts than wild type; in particular, the H365Y mutant protein may be unstable and/or subject to a more rapid degradation by the human proteosome as well as catalytically inefficient. The double mutant genotype with a severe mutation on each allele is compatible with the clinical presentation. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-114
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Issue number3-5
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


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