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A deletion mutation in TMEM38B associated with autosomal recessive osteogenesis imperfecta.
Autosomal recessive osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) was diagnosed in three unrelated Israeli Bedouin consanguineous families. Fractures were evident in all cases in infancy. Genome-wide linkage analysis ruled out association with any of the known OI genes, and identified a single homozygosity locus of approximately 2 Mb on chromosome 9 common to all affected individuals (maximum multipoint lod score 6.5). Whole exome sequencing identified only a single mutation within this locus that was shared by all affected individuals: a homozygous deletion mutation of exon 4 of TMEM38B, leading to an early stop codon and a truncated protein, as well as low TMEM38B mRNA levels. TMEM38B encodes TRIC-B, a ubiquitous component of TRIC, a monovalent cation-specific channel involved in Ca(2+) release from intracellular stores that has been shown to act in cell differentiation. Molecular mechanisms through which a TMEM38B mutation might lead to an OI phenotype are yet to be explored.
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