Identification of mutations underlying 20 inborn errors of metabolism in the united arab emirates population

Imen Ben-Rebeh, Jozef L. Hertecant, Fatma A. Al-Jasmi, Hanan E. Aburawi, Said A. Al-Yahyaee, Lihadh Al-Gazali, Bassam R. Ali

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Abstract

Inborn errors of metabolism (IEM) are frequently encountered by physicians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, the mutations underlying a large number of these disorders have not yet been determined. Therefore, the objective of this study was to identify the mutations underlying a number of IEM disorders among UAE residents from both national and expatriate families. A case series of patients from 34 families attending the metabolic clinic at Tawam Hospital were clinically evaluated, and molecular testing was carried out to determine their causative mutations. The mutation analysis was carried out at molecular genetics diagnostic laboratories. Thirty-eight mutations have been identified as responsible for twenty IEM disorders, including in the metabolism of amino acids, lipids, steroids, metal transport and mitochondrial energy metabolism, and lysosomal storage disorders. Nine of the identified mutations are novel, including two missense mutations, three premature stop codons and four splice site mutations. Mutation analysis of IEM disorders in the UAE population has an important impact on molecular diagnosis and genetic counseling for families affected by these disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-371
Number of pages6
JournalGenetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)

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