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    To analyze a pathogenic variant of MEFV gene in a family with autosomal dominant-familial Mediterranean fever (AD-FMF). A 5-year-old boy presented with recurrent aseptic meningitis and his major symptoms included recurrent fever with headache and vomiting. His family members including his mother, sister and brother also had recurrent fever. A genetic disease was considered. DNAs were extracted from patient and all his family members' blood samples. Whole exome sequencing was performed to identify putative pathogenic variants that can explain this family's condition and Sanger sequencing was conducted. The impact of detected variants were predicted and validated by bioinformatics. A missense variant c.2229C>G (p.Phe743Leu) in MEFV gene was identified in the proband and his family members including his mother, sister and brother. This variant had not been reported in China previously, but the locus of it had already been reported in Arabic patient with AD-FMF (PS1). This variant was absent in major allele frequency databases (PM2) and had been predicted to be pathogenic based on Mutationtaster, PROVEAN and PolyPhen-2. In addition, the change of amino acid, locating in 743 locus of pyrin protein, encoding by MEFV gene, was found to cause SPRY_PRY_TRIM20 and SPRY_superfamily domain destroyed and finally influenced the fuction of pyrin protein. On the other hand, using UCSF chimera software, we find the variant c.2229C>G (p.Phe743Leu) can induce serious influence to the spatial structure of pyrin protein and loss of protein fuction (PP3). According to the ACMG variant classification guideline, the variant c.2229C>G (p.Phe743Leu) in MEFV gene was classified as likely pathogenic (PS1+PM2+PP3). The condition of this AD-FMF family may be attributed to the missense variant c.2229C>G (p.Phe743Leu) in MEFV gene. The recurrent aseptic meningitis was a very rare manifestation in AD-FMF patients and had not been reported in China previously. The clinical and genetic findings of the present study are helpful for the further understanding of AD-FMF.


    Dongfang Li, Wenting Tang, Kunyin Qiu, Liangwu Pan, Xiaojuan Li, Ruohao Wu. Clinical and genetic analysis of a family with autosomal dominant-familial Mediterranean fever]. Zhonghua yi xue yi chuan xue za zhi = Zhonghua yixue yichuanxue zazhi = Chinese journal of medical genetics. 2021 Aug 10;38(8):719-722

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    PMID: 34365609

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