Mutations in STT3A and STT3B cause two congenital disorders of glycosylation

Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Nov 15;22(22):4638-45. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddt312. Epub 2013 Jul 10.


We describe two unreported types of congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) which are caused by mutations in different isoforms of the catalytic subunit of the oligosaccharyltransferase (OST). Each isoform is encoded by a different gene (STT3A or STT3B), resides in a different OST complex and has distinct donor and acceptor substrate specificities with partially overlapping functions in N-glycosylation. The two cases from unrelated consanguineous families both show neurologic abnormalities, hypotonia, intellectual disability, failure to thrive and feeding problems. A homozygous mutation (c.1877T > C) in STT3A causes a p.Val626Ala change and a homozygous intronic mutation (c.1539 + 20G > T) in STT3B causes the other disorder. Both mutations impair glycosylation of a GFP biomarker and are rescued with the corresponding cDNA. Glycosylation of STT3A- and STT3B-specific acceptors is decreased in fibroblasts carrying the corresponding mutated gene and expression of the STT3A (p.Val626Ala) allele in STT3A-deficient HeLa cells does not rescue glycosylation. No additional cases were found in our collection or in reviewing various databases. The STT3A mutation significantly impairs glycosylation of the biomarker transferrin, but the STT3B mutation only slightly affects its glycosylation. Additional cases of STT3B-CDG may be missed by transferrin analysis and will require exome or genome sequencing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Child, Preschool
  • Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation / genetics*
  • Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation / metabolism
  • Consanguinity
  • Female
  • Glycosylation
  • HeLa Cells
  • Hexosyltransferases / genetics*
  • Hexosyltransferases / metabolism
  • Homozygote
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics*
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism
  • Point Mutation
  • Substrate Specificity
  • Transferrin / metabolism


  • Membrane Proteins
  • Transferrin
  • Hexosyltransferases
  • STT3A protein, human
  • STT3B protein, human