The single nucleotide variant at c.662A>G in human RRM2B is a loss-of-function mutation

Yen Tzu Tseng, Shang Wei Li, Wei Chun HuangFu, Yun Yen, I. Hsuan Liu

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Background: Mitochondrial DNA maintenance defects (MDMDs) is one of the critical pediatric dysfunction. One of the recent report indicated that a severe patient of MDMDs carries the NP_056528.2:p.Asn221Ser (N221S) variation in the RRM2B gene (NM_015713.5). However, there is no direct evidence demonstrating the nature of the N221S variation. Materials and Methods: This study aimed to utilize zebrafish and morpholino oligomer (MO) knockdown technique to provide direct evidence for the nature of the N221S variation in the RRM2B. Results: The results showed that two distinct MOs were both able to perturb the expression of rrm2b in zebrafish and dose-dependently induced morphological defects. Furthermore, co-injection of human wild-type RRM2B mRNA with MO-e4i4 successfully rescued the developmental defects, whereas co-injection of RRM2B/N221S mRNA with MO-e4i4 did not rescue the developmental defects. Conclusion: In conclusion, the functional assay in this study provided the direct evidence proving that the N221S variation is a loss-of-function mutation and plausibly related to the pathogenic developmental defects found in the infants of previous clinical reports.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1497
JournalMolecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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