Further evidence for specificIFIH1mutation as a cause of Singleton–Merten syndrome with phenotypic heterogeneity

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Singleton–Merten syndrome (MIM 182250) is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder characterized by early onset periodontitis, root resorption, osteopenia, osteoporosis, and aortic valve or thoracic aorta calcification. The disorder can have significant intrafamilial phenotypic variability. Here, we present a mother and daughter with Singleton–Merten syndrome harboring a previously described pathogenic missense mutation, c.2465G>A p.(Arg822Gln), in IFIH1 (interferon induced with helicase C domain 1), encoding MDA5 (Melanoma Differentiation-Associated protein 5). These data confirm the pathogenicity of IFIH1 c.2465G>A p.(Arg822Gln) for Singleton–Merten syndrome and affirm the striking phenotypic heterogeneity of this disorder. In addition, we expand the Singleton–Merten phenotype by adding severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) to the clinical picture. Investigations of known SLE genes as well as a single nucleotide polymorphism suggested to be involved in development of SLE were normal.

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