Special Issue "Inherited Retinal Disease: Novel Candidate Genes, Genotype–Phenotype Correlations and Inheritance Models"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Frans P.M. Cremers

Department of Human Genetics and Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Medical Center, P.O. Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Interests: genetics of inherited retinal dystrophies; Stargardt disease; genomics; stem cell technology; transcriptomics; non-coding variants
Co-Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Camiel J.F. Boon

Department of Ophthalmology, Leiden University Medical Center, P.O. Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands; Department of Ophthalmology, Academic Medical Center, P.O. Box 22660, 1100 DD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Interests: clinical and genetic characteristics of inherited retinal diseases; gene therapy; central serous chorioretinopathy; age-related macular degeneration; vitreoretinal surgery
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Kinga Bujakowska

Ocular Genomics Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, MA 02114, USA
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Interests: genetics of inherited retinal degenerations, modeling of the inherited retinal degenerations in cell, zebrafish and mouse models
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Christina Zeitz

INSERM, UMR_S968, CNRS, UMR_7210, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6 Institut de la Vision, Department of Genetics, 17, rue Moreau, 75012 Paris, France
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Interests: Gene defect identification underlying progressive and non progressive retinal disorders, prevalence studies, prepare patients for therapeutic trials, in vitro and in vivo functional analysis of novel gene defects, gene therapies, decipher retinal signaling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Knowledge on the genetic defects and molecular mechanisms underlying inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) has steadily grown in the last three decades. Based on comprehensive genotyping studies (e.g., using whole-exome sequencing, WES) we can deduce that the majority of genetic defects can be found in the currently identified ~150 genes implicated in non-syndromic IRDs. The downside of this huge genetic heterogeneity is that we are now facing new challenges to identify the remaining genetic causes. An increasing number of candidate IRD genes is being identified which are mutated in a single patient or family. Due to the large genetic heterogeneity in IRDs, a significant proportion of healthy individuals and IRD cases carry heterozygous variants in one or a few IRD-associated genes. This could be coincidental findings, but also may mean that we are missing ‘second alleles’ because of their location outside the coding segments that are not analyzed using WES. We are beginning to understand the complex interplay between variants in different IRD genes and still need to investigate the nature of modifiers in IRD-associated genes and in other genes, and how they influence the clinical characteristics in patients. Importantly, knowing the genetic defects and molecular mechanisms of disease is not only important for accurate genetic counseling and disease prognosis, but also is necessary to select patients for gradually emerging therapies, many of which are based on knowledge of the mutated gene or genetic variant(s).This issue is not meant to include papers on multifactorial eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma or myopia, unless they deal with familial forms of these macular degeneration or glaucoma. We also do not invite paper submissions on therapeutics of IRDs.

Prof. Dr. Frans P.M. Cremers
Guest Editor

Prof. Dr. Camiel J.F. Boon
Dr. Kinga Bujakowska
Dr. Christina Zeitz
Co-Guest Editors

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  • Retina
  • Genetics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Modifiers
  • Genomics
  • Digenic inheritance

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Open AccessArticle Mutations in the Genes for Interphotoreceptor Matrix Proteoglycans, IMPG1 and IMPG2, in Patients with Vitelliform Macular Lesions
Genes 2017, 8(7), 170; doi:10.3390/genes8070170
Received: 19 May 2017 / Revised: 20 June 2017 / Accepted: 20 June 2017 / Published: 23 June 2017
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A significant portion of patients diagnosed with vitelliform macular dystrophy (VMD) do not carry causative mutations in the classic VMD genes BEST1 or PRPH2. We therefore performed a mutational screen in a cohort of 106 BEST1/PRPH2-negative VMD patients in two genes
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A significant portion of patients diagnosed with vitelliform macular dystrophy (VMD) do not carry causative mutations in the classic VMD genes BEST1 or PRPH2. We therefore performed a mutational screen in a cohort of 106 BEST1/PRPH2-negative VMD patients in two genes encoding secreted interphotoreceptor matrix proteoglycans-1 and -2 (IMPG1 and IMPG2). We identified two novel mutations in IMPG1 in two simplex VMD cases with disease onset in their early childhood, a heterozygous p.(Leu238Pro) missense mutation and a homozygous c.807 + 5G > A splice site mutation. The latter induced partial skipping of exon 7 of IMPG1 in an in vitro splicing assay. Furthermore, we found heterozygous mutations including three stop [p.(Glu226*), p.(Ser522*), p.(Gln856*)] and five missense mutations [p.(Ala243Pro), p.(Gly1008Asp), p.(Phe1016Ser), p.(Tyr1042Cys), p.(Cys1077Phe)] in the IMPG2 gene, one of them, p.(Cys1077Phe), previously associated with VMD. Asymptomatic carriers of the p.(Ala243Pro) and p.(Cys1077Phe) mutations show subtle foveal irregularities that could characterize a subclinical stage of disease. Taken together, our results provide further evidence for an involvement of dominant and recessive mutations in IMPG1 and IMPG2 in VMD pathology. There is a remarkable similarity in the clinical appearance of mutation carriers, presenting with bilateral, central, dome-shaped foveal accumulation of yellowish material with preserved integrity of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Clinical symptoms tend to be more severe for IMPG1 mutations. Full article

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