Classical xanthinuria in nine israeli families and two isolated cases from germany: Molecular, biochemical and population genetics aspects

Hava Peretz, Ayala Lagziel, Florian Bittner, Mustafa Kabha, Meirav Shtauber-Naamati, Vicki Zhuravel, Sali Usher, Steffen Rump, Silke Wollers, Bettina Bork, Hanna Mandel, Tzipora Falik-Zaccai, Limor Kalfon, Juergen Graessler, Avraham Zeharia, Nasser Heib, Hannah Shalev, Daniel Landau, David Levartovsky

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Classical xanthinuria is a rare autosomal recessive metabolic disorder caused by variants in the XDH (type I) or MOCOS (type II) genes. Thirteen Israeli kindred (five Jewish and eight Arab) and two isolated cases from Germany were studied between the years 1997 and 2013. Four and a branch of a fifth of these families were previously described. Here, we reported the demo- graphic, clinical, molecular and biochemical characterizations of the remaining cases. Seven out of 20 affected individuals (35%) presented with xanthinuria-related symptoms of varied severity. Among the 10 distinct variants identified, six were novel: c.449G>T (p.(Cys150Phe)), c.1434G>A (p.(Trp478*)), c.1871C>G (p.(Ser624*)) and c.913del (p.(Leu305fs*1)) in the XDH gene and c.1046C>T (p.(Thr349Ileu)) and c.1771C>T (p.(Pro591Ser)) in the MOCOS gene. Heterologous protein expression studies revealed that the p.Cys150Phe variant within the Fe/S-I cluster-binding site impairs XDH biogenesis, the p.Thr349Ileu variant in the NifS-like domain of MOCOS affects protein stability Biomedicines 2021, 9, 788. Biomedicines 2021, 9, 788 2 of 24 and cysteine desulfurase activity, while the p.Pro591Ser and a previously described p.Arg776Cys variant in the C-terminal domain affect Molybdenum cofactor binding. Based on the results of haplo-type analyses and historical genealogy findings, the potential dispersion of the identified variants is discussed. As far as we are aware, this is the largest cohort of xanthinuria cases described so far, substantially expanding the repertoire of pathogenic variants, characterizing structurally and functionally essential amino acid residues in the XDH and MOCOS proteins and addressing the population genetic aspects of classical xanthinuria.

Original languageEnglish
Article number788
Issue number7
StatePublished - 7 Jul 2021

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  • Arabs
  • Founder effects
  • Heterologous protein expression
  • XDH
  • Xanthinuria
  • Yemenite Jews


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