Pseudodominant inheritance of the hyperimmunoglobulinemia D with periodic fever syndrome in a mother and her two monozygotic twins

Arthritis Rheum. 2005 Nov;52(11):3606-10. doi: 10.1002/art.21381.


Hyperimmunoglobulinemia D with periodic fever syndrome (HIDS) is a recessively inherited recurrent fever syndrome. We describe a family of 2 monozygotic twins and their mother with characteristic symptoms of HIDS, but normal levels of IgD and IgA, and with a dominant inheritance pattern. Mevalonate kinase (MK) activity was deficient in both children, and analysis of the MVK gene revealed compound heterozygosity for 2 new mutations, G25G and R277H. Being positioned adjacent to a donor splice site, the G25G mutation was shown by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analyses to cause aberrant splicing of the MVK messenger RNA, thus being disease-relevant. The mother, who was also symptomatic during her childhood and adolescence, was a compound heterozygote for I268T and R277H. Our findings expand the genetic and ethnic spectrum of HIDS and show that the possible presence of this disease cannot be excluded based solely on inheritance patterns. In each case in which HIDS is clinically suspected, analysis of MK activity and/or the MVK gene (especially exons 9 and 11) should be performed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Alternative Splicing
  • Base Sequence
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diseases in Twins / enzymology
  • Diseases in Twins / genetics*
  • Exanthema / pathology
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever / complications
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever / enzymology
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever / genetics*
  • Female
  • Fever / pathology
  • Genes, Dominant*
  • Humans
  • Hypergammaglobulinemia / complications
  • Hypergammaglobulinemia / enzymology
  • Hypergammaglobulinemia / genetics*
  • Immunoglobulin D / analysis*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mothers
  • Mutation
  • Pedigree
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor) / deficiency
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor) / genetics*
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Twins, Monozygotic


  • Immunoglobulin D
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor)
  • mevalonate kinase