Analysis of Inherited Optic Neuropathies

Background Inherited optic neuropathies (IONs) cover a spectrum of clinically and genetically heterogenic conditions. Genetic evaluation of patients with IONs may enable their better clinico-diagnostic assessment and management of the disease. The aim of the present study was to determine the genetic condition related to the phenotype in patients with diverse inherited optic neuropathies. Patients and Methods A retrospective study was performed in 12 adults and 8 children of 8 non-related families. Clinical phenotyping, supported by color fundus, FAF, and OCT imaging, was performed. Genetic testing was obtained for all family members suspected for ION. Results Identification of pathogenic mutations in eight non-related families helped to confirm the diagnosis of ION. Affected from ION were ten patients (eight adults and two children; four women and six men). Bilateral Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) was linked to the m.11778G>A mutation in two families (two affected and five carriers). Secondary homoplasmic LHON mutations in MT-ND1 (m.4216T>C) and MT-CO3 genes (m.9804G>A) were confirmed in two families (each one subject, three eyes affected), without detection of a primary LHON mutation. One member presented a picture of right-sited optic neuropathy associated with a c.220C>G mutation in the ACO2 gene and a heterozygous c.185C>T mutation in the LDLR gene. Autosomal dominant optic atrophy was confirmed in three non-related families (five subjects with bilateral ION), where molecular genetic analyses confirmed four different heterozygous mutations in OPA1: c.1847+1G>T; c.2497-1G>A, 297A>G and c.(2983+1_2984-1)_(c.*3211) (2 splicing mutations, 1 missense mutation, and 1 gross deletion encompassing exons 30 and 31). Conclusions Combining clinics and molecular genetics when evaluating patients with IONs helps in characterizing disease and, therefore, is strongly recommended for such patients.


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Klinische Monatsblatter Fur Augenheilkunde, 236, 4, 451-461
Year:
Apr 01 2019
ISSN:
0023-2165
1439-3999
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