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Normotriglyceridemic abetalipoproteinemia (ABL)" was originally described as a clinical entity distinct from either ABL or hypobetalipoproteinemia. Subsequent studies identified mutations in APOB gene which encoded truncated apoB longer than apoB48. Therefore, "Normotriglyceridemic ABL" can be a subtype of homozygous familial hypobetalipoproteinemia. Here, we report an atypical female case of ABL who was initially diagnosed with "normotriglyceridemic ABL", because she had normal plasma apoB48 despite the virtual absence of apoB100 and low plasma TG level. Next generation sequencing revealed that she was a compound heterozygote of two novel MTTP mutations: nonsense (p.Q272X) and missense (p.G709R). We speculate that p.G709R might confer residual triglyceride transfer activity of MTTP preferentially in the intestinal epithelium to the hepatocytes, allowing production of apoB48. Together, "normotriglyceridemic ABL" may be a heterogenous disorder which is caused by specific mutations in either APOB or MTTP gene. Copyright © 2021. Published by Elsevier Inc.


Manabu Takahashi, Nobuaki Ozaki, Shuichi Nagashima, Tetsuji Wakabayashi, Sadahiko Iwamoto, Shun Ishibashi. Normal plasma apoB48 despite the virtual absence of apoB100 in a compound heterozygote with novel mutations in the MTTP gene. Journal of clinical lipidology. 2021 Jul-Aug;15(4):569-573

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