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Expressivity of hearing loss in cases with Usher syndrome type IIA
The Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg, Sweden.
Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, USA.
University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA.
Siemens AB, Upplands Väsby, Sweden.
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2013 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 52, no 12, p. 832-837Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare the genotype/ phenotype relationship between siblings with identical USH2A pathologic mutations and the consequent audiologic phenotypes, in particular degree of hearing loss (HL). Decade audiograms were also compared among two groups of affected subjects with different mutations of USH2A.

Design: DNA samples from patients with Usher syndrome type II were analysed. The audiological features of patients and affected siblings with USH2A mutations were also examined to identify genotype-phenotype correlations.

Study sample : Genetic and audiometric examinations were performed in 18 subjects from nine families with Usher syndrome type IIA.

Results: Three different USH2A mutations were identified in the affected subjects. Both similarities and differences of the auditory phenotype were seen in families with several affected siblings. A variable degree of hearing loss, ranging from mild to profound, was observed among affected subjects. No significant differences in hearing thresholds were found the group of affected subjects with different pathological mutations.

Conclusions: Our results indicate that mutations in the USH2A gene and the resulting phenotype are probably modulated by other variables, such as modifying genes, epigenetics or environmental factors which may be of importance for better understanding the etiology of Usher syndrome.

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2013. Vol. 52, no 12, p. 832-837
Keywords [en]
Hereditary hearing loss, retinitis pigmentosa, USH2A, Usherin, genotype-phenotype correlation
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Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-32756DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2013.839885ISI: 000327258800005PubMedID: 24160897OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-32756DiVA, id: diva2:679168
Available from: 2013-12-13 Created: 2013-12-13 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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