Genotype-Phenotype Characterization of Novel Variants in Six Italian Patients with Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy

Giancarlo Iarossi, Matteo Bertelli, Paolo Enrico Maltese, Elena Gusson, Giorgio Marchini, Alice Bruson, Sabrina Benedetti, Sabrina Volpetti, Gino Catena, Luca Buzzonetti, Lucia Ziccardi

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Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is a complex disorder characterized by incomplete development of the retinal vasculature. Here, we report the results obtained on the spectrum of genetic variations and correlated phenotypes found in a cohort of Italian FEVR patients. Eight probands (age range 7-19 years) were assessed by genetic analysis and comprehensive age-appropriate ophthalmic examination. Genetic testing investigated the genes most widely associated in literature with FEVR:FZD4,LRP5,TSPAN12, andNDP. Clinical and genetic evaluations were extended to relatives of probands positive to genetic testing. Six out of eight probands (75%) showed a genetic variation probably related to the phenotype. We identified four novel genetic variants, one variant already described in association with Norrie disease and one previously described linked to autosomal dominant FEVR. Pedigree analysis of patients led to the classification of four autosomal dominant cases of FEVR (caused byFZD4andTSPAN12variants) and two X-linked FEVR probands (NDPvariants). None of the patients showed variants in theLRP5gene. This study represents the largest cohort study in Italian FEVR patients. Our findings are in agreement with the previous literature confirming that FEVR is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous retinal disorder, even when it manifests in the same family.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3080245
JournalJournal of Ophthalmology
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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