Mutation scanning the GJB1 gene with high-resolution melting analysis

implications for mutation scanning of genes for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

M. Marina Kennerson*, Trent Warburton, Eva Nelis, Megan Brewer, Patsie Polly, Peter De Jonghe, Vincent Timmerman, Garth A. Nicholson

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Background: X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 1 disease has been associated with 280 mutations in the GJB1 [gap junction protein, beta 1, 32kDa (connexin 32, Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy, X-linked)] gene. High-resolution melting analysis with an automated instrument can be used to scan DNA for alterations, but its use in X-linked disorders has not been described. Methods: A 96-well LightScanner for high resolution melting analysis was used to scan amplicons of the GJB1 gene. All mutations reported in this study had been confirmed previously by sequence analysis. DNA samples were amplified with the double-stranded DNA-binding dye LC Green Plus. Melting curves were analyzed as fluorescence difference plots. The shift and curve shapes of melting profiles were used to distinguish controls from patient samples. Results: The method detected each of the 23 mutations used in this study. Eighteen known mutations provided validation of the high-resolution melting method and a further 5 mutations were identified in a blind study. Altered fluorescence difference curves for all the mutations were easily distinguished from the wild-type melting profile. Conclusion: High-resolution melting analysis is a simple, sensitive, and cost-efficient alternative method to scan for gene mutations in the GJB1 gene. The technology has the potential to reduce sequencing burden and would be suitable for mutation screening of exons of large multiexon genes that have been discovered to be associated with Charcot Marie Tooth neuropathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-352
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

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