GATA6 haploinsufficiency causes pancreatic agenesis in humans

Nat Genet. 2011 Dec 11;44(1):20-22. doi: 10.1038/ng.1035.


Understanding the regulation of pancreatic development is key for efforts to develop new regenerative therapeutic approaches for diabetes. Rare mutations in PDX1 and PTF1A can cause pancreatic agenesis, however, most instances of this disorder are of unknown origin. We report de novo heterozygous inactivating mutations in GATA6 in 15/27 (56%) individuals with pancreatic agenesis. These findings define the most common cause of human pancreatic agenesis and establish a key role for the transcription factor GATA6 in human pancreatic development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • GATA6 Transcription Factor / genetics*
  • Haploinsufficiency*
  • Humans
  • Pancreas / abnormalities*
  • Phenotype


  • GATA6 Transcription Factor
  • GATA6 protein, human