Transient neonatal diabetes mellitus and hypomethylation at additional imprinted loci: novel ZFP57 mutation and review on the literature.


Department of Human Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics and Reproductive Biology, Farhat HACHED University Hospital, 4000, Sousse, Tunisia. [Email]


OBJECTIVE : 6q24-related transient neonatal diabetes mellitus (6q24-TNDM) is a rare imprinting disorder characterized by uncontrolled hyperglycemia during the first 6 months of life. The molecular etiology of 6q24-TNDM is attributable to overexpression of the paternally inherited PLAGL1 and HYMAI genes located on the 6q24 locus. One of these major defects is maternal loss of methylation (LOM) at 6q24. In addition, approximately 50% of TNDM patients that present LOM at 6q24 can also display hypomethylation at additional imprinted loci (multilocus imprinting disturbances, MLID). Interestingly, the majority of these patients carry mutations in the ZFP57 gene, a transcription factor required for the adequate maintenance of methylation during early embryonic development.
METHODS : Methylation analysis of 6q24 and additional imprinted loci was carried out by MS-MLPA in a Tunisian male patient with clinical diagnosis of TNMD. For the same patient, mutation analysis of the ZFP57 gene was conducted by direct Sanger sequencing.
RESULTS : We report a novel nonsense mutation (c.373C > T; p.R125*; ENST00000376883.1) at the ZFP57 gene causing TNDM-MLID and describe detailed phenotype/epigenotype analysis of TNMD patients carrying ZFP57 mutations.
CONCLUSIONS : We provide additional support to the role of ZFP57 as a genetic determinant cause of MLID in patients with TNMD.


Multilocus imprinting disturbances (MLID),Transient neonatal diabetes mellitus,Tunisia,ZFP57 gene,