Haploinsufficiency of RPS14 in 5q- syndrome is associated with deregulation of ribosomal- and translation-related genes

Br J Haematol. 2008 Jul;142(1):57-64. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2141.2008.07178.x. Epub 2008 May 8.


We have previously demonstrated haploinsufficiency of the ribosomal gene RPS14, which is required for the maturation of 40S ribosomal subunits and maps to the commonly deleted region, in the 5q- syndrome. Patients with Diamond-Blackfan anaemia (DBA) show haploinsufficiency of the closely related ribosomal protein RPS19, and show a consequent downregulation of multiple ribosomal- and translation-related genes. By analogy with DBA, we have investigated the expression profiles of a large group of ribosomal- and translation-related genes in the CD34(+) cells of 15 myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients with 5q- syndrome, 18 MDS patients with refractory anaemia (RA) and a normal karyotype, and 17 healthy controls. In this three-way comparison, 55 of 579 ribosomal- and translation-related probe sets were found to be significantly differentially expressed, with approximately 90% of these showing lower expression levels in the 5q- syndrome patient group. Using hierarchical clustering, patients with the 5q- syndrome could be separated both from other patients with RA and healthy controls solely on the basis of the deregulated expression of ribosomal- and translation-related genes. Patients with the 5q- syndrome have a defect in the expression of genes involved in ribosome biogenesis and in the control of translation, suggesting that the 5q- syndrome represents a disorder of aberrant ribosome biogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chromosome Deletion
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 5 / genetics*
  • Down-Regulation
  • Haploidy
  • Humans
  • Karyotyping
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes / genetics*
  • Protein Biosynthesis / genetics*
  • Ribosomal Proteins / genetics*


  • RPS14 protein, human
  • Ribosomal Proteins