Functional analysis of four CYP21 mutations from Spanish patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia

B. Scott Nunez, M. Natividad Lobato, Perrin C. White, Anna Meseguer

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Deleterious mutations in the CYP21 (steroid 21-hydroxylase) gene cause congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). These mutations usually result from recombinations between CYP21 and an adjacent pseudogene, CYP21P, including deletions and transfers of deleterious mutations from CYP21P to CYP21 (gene conversions). Additional rare mutations that are not gene conversions account for 5-10% of 21-hydroxylase deficiency alleles. Recently, four novel CYP21 point mutations leading to amino acid changes were identified in a population of 57 Spanish families with CAH. A nonsense mutation, K74X, was also identified. The enzymatic activities of 21-hydroxylase mutants G90V, G178A, G291C, and R354H were examined in transiently transfected CHOP cells using progesterone and 17α-hydroxyprogesterone as substrates. The G90V, G291C, and R354H mutations effectively eliminated 21-hydroxylase activity. However, the G178A mutant retained significant activity when 17α-hydroxyprogesterone was the substrate. These results correlate well with the identification of G90V, G291C, and R354H in patients with severe 'salt-wasting' disease and G178A in a patient with the milder simple virilizing form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-637
Number of pages3
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 7 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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