Functional analysis of 13 GBA mutant alleles identified in Gaucher disease patients: Pathogenic changes and “modifier” polymorphisms

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  • Communicated by Dvorah Abeliovich

Abstract

Gaucher disease, the most prevalent sphingolipidosis, is caused by the deficient activity of acid β-glucosidase, mainly due to mutations in the GBA gene. Over 200 mutations have been identified worldwide, more than 25 of which were in Spanish patients. In order to demonstrate causality for Gaucher disease, some of them: c.662C>T (p.P182L), c.680A>G (p.N188S), c.886C>T (p.R257X), c.1054T>C (p.Y313H), c.1093G>A (p.E326K), c.1289C>T (p.P391L), c.1292A>T (p.N392I), c.1322T>C (p.I402T), and the double mutants [c.680A>G; c.1093G>A] ([p.N188S; p.E326K]) and [c.1448T>C; c.1093G>A] ([p.L444P; p.E326K]), were expressed in Sf9 cells using a baculovirus expression system. Other well-established Gaucher disease mutations, namely c.1226A>G (p.N370S), c.1342G>C (p.D409H), and c.1448T>C (p.L444P), were also expressed for comparison. The levels of residual acid β-glucosidase activity of the mutant enzymes produced by the cDNAs carrying alleles c.662C>T (p.P182L), c.886C>T (p.R257X), c.1054T>C (p.Y313H), c.1289C>T (p.P391L), and c.1292A>T (p.N392I) were negligible. The c.1226A>G (p.N370S), c.1322T>C (p.I402T), c.1342G>C (p.D409H), c.1448T>C (p.L444P), and [c.1448T>C; c.1093G>A] ([p.L444P; p.E326K]) alleles produced enzymes with levels ranging from 6 to 14% of the wild-type. The three remaining alleles, c.680A>G (p.N188S), c.1093G>A (p.E326K), and [c.680A>G; c.1093G>A] ([p.N188S; p.E326K]), showed higher activity (66.6, 42.7, and 23.2%, respectively). Expression studies revealed that the c.1093G>A (p.E326K) change, which was never found alone in a Gaucher disease-causing allele, when found in a double mutant such as [c.680A>G; c.1093G>A] ([p.N188S; p.E326K]) and [c.1448T>C; c.1093G>A] ([p.L444P; p.E326K]), decreases activity compared to the activity found for the other mutation alone. These results suggest that c.1093G>A (p.E326K) should be considered a “modifier variant” rather than a neutral polymorphism, as previously considered. Mutation c.680A>G (p.N188S), which produces a mutant enzyme with the highest level of activity, is probably a very mild mutation or another “modifier variant.” Hum Mutat 23:567–575, 2004. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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