Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, affecting ∼65 million people worldwide. We identified and ascertained a large cohort of inbred families with multiple individuals manifesting cardinal symptoms of primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) to investigate the etiology of the disease at a molecular level. Ophthalmic examinations, including slit-lamp microscopy and applanation tonometry, were performed to characterize the causal phenotype and confirm that affected individuals fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for PCG. Subsequently, exclusion analysis was completed with fluorescently labeled short tandem repeat markers, followed by Sanger sequencing to identify pathogenic variants. Exclusion analysis suggested linkage to the CYP1B1 locus, with positive two-point logarithm of odds scores in 23 families, while Sanger sequencing identified a total of 11 variants, including two novel mutations, in 23 families. All mutations segregated with the disease phenotype in their respective families. These included the following seven missense mutations: p.Y81N, p.E229K, p.R368H, p.R390H, p.W434R, p.R444Q and p.R469W, as well as one nonsense mutation, p.Q37∗, and three frameshift mutations, p.W246Lfs81∗, p.T404Sfs30∗ and p.P442Qfs15∗. In conclusion, we identified a total of 11 mutations, reconfirming the genetic heterogeneity of CYP1B1 in the pathogenesis of PCG. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest study investigating the contribution of CYP1B1 to the pathogenesis of PCG in the Pakistani population.
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- Molecular Biology