Hyperphosphatasia with mental retardation syndrome (HPMRS), an autosomal-recessive form of intellectual disability characterized by facial dysmorphism, seizures, brachytelephalangy, and persistent elevated serum alkaline phosphatase (hyperphosphatasia), was recently shown to be caused by mutations in PIGV, a member of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchor-synthesis pathway. However, not all individuals with HPMRS harbor mutations in this gene. By exome sequencing, we detected compound-heterozygous mutations in PIGO, a gene coding for a membrane protein of the same molecular pathway, in two siblings with HPMRS, and we then found by Sanger sequencing further mutations in another affected individual; these mutations cosegregated in the investigated families. The mutant transcripts are aberrantly spliced, decrease the membrane stability of the protein, or impair enzyme function such that GPI-anchor synthesis is affected and the level of GPI-anchored substrates localized at the cell surface is reduced. Our data identify PIGO as the second gene associated with HPMRS and suggest that a deficiency in GPI-anchor synthesis is the underlying molecular pathomechanism of HPMRS.
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