Novel mutations in ETFDH gene in Chinese patients with riboflavin-responsive multiple acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency

Clin Chim Acta. 2009 Jun 27;404(2):95-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2009.02.015. Epub 2009 Mar 3.


Background: Multiple acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MADD, OMIM 231680) or glutaric aciduria type II (GAII) is an inherited autosomal recessive disease affecting fatty acid, amino acid and choline metabolism, due to mutations in one of three genes namely, electron transfer flavoprotein alpha-subunit, ETFA (OMIM 608053), electron transfer flavoprotein beta-subunit, ETFB (OMIM 130410) and electron transfer flavoprotein dehydrogenase, ETFDH (OMIM 231675). Some MADD patients are responsive to riboflavin treatment with an excellent prognosis. Recently, mutations in ETFDH were found to be responsible for all riboflavin-responsive MADD patients. In this study, we present the clinical features and molecular studies of 2 Chinese families with riboflavin-responsive MADD.

Methods: Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood samples or skin fibroblast cultures from the patients and normal controls. The thirteen exons of ETFDH were amplified by PCR. PCR products were sequenced in both forward and reverse directions. To rule out mutations in other genes, phenotype segregation was studied in the families by microsatellite markers in the proximity of the 3 genes, ETFA, ETFB and ETFDH.

Results: Four novel mutations in ETFDH were detected in the 2 families. In family 1, a frame shift mutation, c.1355delG which introduced a premature-termination codon (PTC), I454X in exon 11 of ETFDH was found. Another mutation was a c.250G>A transition in exon 3 of ETFDH, A84T. In family 2, two novel missense mutations were identified, P137S, in exon 4 and G467R in exon 11. No carrier of these four mutations was identified from about 150 alleles of healthy Chinese control subjects.

Conclusions: Four novel mutations (3 missenses and 1 deletion) in ETFDH were found in Chinese families that presented with riboflavin-responsive MADD, which further expands the list of mutations found in patients with riboflavin-responsive MADD. Furthermore, we illustrated the utility of phenotype-genotype segregation in MADD families to prioritize genes for sequencing or to rule out the presence of disease causing mutation in other genes in MADD and other diseases caused by multiple genes.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • China
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Electron-Transferring Flavoproteins / drug effects
  • Electron-Transferring Flavoproteins / genetics*
  • Exons / genetics
  • Female
  • Frameshift Mutation / genetics
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Iron-Sulfur Proteins / drug effects
  • Iron-Sulfur Proteins / genetics*
  • Microsatellite Repeats / genetics
  • Multiple Acyl Coenzyme A Dehydrogenase Deficiency / drug therapy*
  • Multiple Acyl Coenzyme A Dehydrogenase Deficiency / genetics*
  • Mutation, Missense / genetics
  • Oxidoreductases Acting on CH-NH Group Donors / drug effects
  • Oxidoreductases Acting on CH-NH Group Donors / genetics*
  • Riboflavin / therapeutic use
  • Young Adult


  • Electron-Transferring Flavoproteins
  • Iron-Sulfur Proteins
  • Oxidoreductases Acting on CH-NH Group Donors
  • electron-transferring-flavoprotein dehydrogenase
  • Riboflavin