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We have recently shown that the hemorrhagic destruction of the brain, subependymal, calcification, and congenital cataracts is caused by biallelic mutations in the gene encoding junctional adhesion molecule 3 (JAM3) protein. Affected members from three new families underwent detailed clinical examination including imaging of the brain. Affected individuals presented with a distinctive phenotype comprising hemorrhagic destruction of the brain, subependymal calcification, and congenital cataracts. All patients had a catastrophic clinical course resulting in death. Sequencing the coding exons of JAM3 revealed three novel homozygous mutations: c.2T>G (p.M1R), c.346G>A (p.E116K), and c.656G>A (p.C219Y). The p.M1R mutation affects the start codon and therefore is predicted to impair protein synthesis. Cellular studies showed that the p.C219Y mutation resulted in a significant retention of the mutated protein in the endoplasmic reticulum, suggesting a trafficking defect. The p.E116K mutant traffics normally to the plasma membrane as the wild-type and may have lost its function due to the lack of interaction with an interacting partner. Our data further support the importance of JAM3 in the development and function of the vascular system and the brain.

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Journal article


Hum Mutat

Publication Date





498 - 505


Australia, Brain, Calcinosis, Cataract, Cell Adhesion Molecules, Cerebral Hemorrhage, Exons, Female, HeLa Cells, Homozygote, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Intensive Care Units, Neonatal, Male, Microscopy, Confocal, Mutation, Missense, Pedigree, Phenotype, Sequence Analysis, DNA, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates