Characterization and structural impact of five novel PROS1 mutations in eleven protein S-deficient families.


Heterozygozity for four novel missense mutations (W108C, W342R. E349K and L485S) and one novel 4 bp deletion (ACdelAAAG affecting codons 632-633) was identified in PROS1 of unrelated thrombosis prone Danish families with protein S type I or III deficiency. The 4 bp deletion results in a frameshift leading to replacement of the coding sequence for the 3 C-terminal amino acids by an abnormal extended sequence that codes for 9 amino acids. The E349K substitution was found in 7 families. Haplotype analysis using 7 microsatellite markers flanking PROS1 was consistent with a common founder for this mutation. The mutations reported here are most likely the cause of the protein S deficiency. Firstly, the four missense mutations cosegregate with the abnormal plasma protein S phenotype and lead to the loss of highly conserved amino acids. Secondly, computer analysis of structural models of protein S predicts that the substitutions could affect proper protein folding and/or stability. Analysis of platelet mRNA from subjects with the W108C, E349K, L485S mutation or the 4 bp deletion showed that mutated mRNA was expressed in significant amounts suggesting that mutated molecules are synthesized. Our results are compatible with defective protein folding/unstable molecules, impaired secretion and intracellular degradation of mutated protein, which appear to be the major molecular disease mechanisms for missense mutations and certain other mutations found in genetic disorders.

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@article{Andersen2001CharacterizationAS, title={Characterization and structural impact of five novel PROS1 mutations in eleven protein S-deficient families.}, author={Bjarne D Andersen and M L Bisgaard and Bent Lind and Malou Philips and BO. Villoutreix and Sixtus Thorsen}, journal={Thrombosis and haemostasis}, year={2001}, volume={86 6}, pages={1392-9} }