A single-base-pair deletion in the β-glucuronidase gene accounts for the phenotype of murine mucopolysaccharidosis type VII

M. S. Sands, E. H. Birkenmeier

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Abstract

Murine mucopolysaccharidosis type VII is a heritable disease caused by a spontaneous mutation, gus(mps), closely linked to the β-glucuronidase structural gene on chromosome 5. Mice homozygous for the mutation have a >200-fold decrease in β-glucuronidase mRNA levels and virtually no enzyme activity detectable by a sensitive fluorometric assay. Approximately 20 kb of genomic DNA containing the β-glucuronidase gene Gus and >2 kb of 5' and 3' flanking sequences were cloned from both a gus(mps)/gus(mps) mouse and a +/+ mouse of the progenitor strain. Restriction enzyme digests containing DNA fragments 20-400 bp in length were generated from each of the two Gus alleles and then compared by using nondenaturing polyacrylamide DNA-sequencing gels. This method rapidly identified a large number of restriction sites and was sensitive enough to detect a restriction fragment length variation resulting from a 1-bp deletion in the gus(mps) allele. DNA-sequence analysis of the mutant genomic fragment showed that the 1-bp deletion created a frameshift mutation within exon 10. Insertion of the deleted nucleotide by oligonucleotide site-directed mutagenesis restored function to the corrected mutant gene when transfected into gus(mps)/gus(mps) fibroblasts. We concluded that the frameshift mutation, which introduces a premature stop codon at codon 497 in exon 10, accounts for the molecular, biochemical, and pathological abnormalities associated with the gus(mps) phenotype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6567-6571
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume90
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

Keywords

  • animal models
  • mRNA metabolism
  • restriction fragment length variation detection
  • translation termination

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