LTBP2 mutations cause Weill–Marchesani and Weill–Marchesani-like syndrome and affect disruptions in the extracellular matrix


  • Communicated by Daniel F. Schorderet


Latent transforming growth factor (TGF) beta-binding protein 2 (LTBP2) is an extracellular matrix (ECM) protein that associates with fibrillin-1 containing microfibrils. Various factors prompted considering LTBP2 in the etiology of isolated ectopia lentis and associated conditions such as Weill–Marchesani syndrome (WMS) and Marfan syndrome (MFS). LTBP2 was screened in 30 unrelated Iranian patients. Mutations were found only in one WMS proband and one MFS proband. Homozygous c.3529G>A (p.Val1177Met) was shown to cause autosomal recessive WMS or WM-like syndrome by several approaches, including homozygosity mapping. Light, fluorescent, and electron microscopy evidenced disruptions of the microfibrillar network in the ECM of the proband's skin. In conjunction with recent findings regarding other ECM proteins, the results presented strongly support the contention that anomalies in WMS patients are due to disruptions in the ECM. Heterozygous c.1642C >T (p.Arg548*) possibly contributed to MFS-related phenotypes, including ocular manifestations, mitral valve prolapse, and pectus excavatum, but was not cause of MFS. Hum Mutat 33:1182–1187, 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.