Crigler-Najjar syndrome type II in a Chinese boy resulting from three mutations in the bilirubin uridine 5'-diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT1A1) gene and a family genetic analysis

BMC Pediatr. 2014 Oct 15:14:267. doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-14-267.


Background: The UGT1A1 gene encodes a responsible enzyme, UDP-glucuronosyltransferase1A1 (UGT1A1), for bilirubin metabolism. Many mutations have already been identified in patients with inherited disorders with unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia, such as Crigler-Najjar syndromes and Gilbert's syndrome.

Case presentation: In this report, we presented a boy with intermittent unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia, whose genetic analysis showed a new compound heterozygote determined by three mutations, c.211G > A (p.G71R), c.508_510delTTC (p.F170-) and c.1456 T > G (p.Y486D) in the hotspot regions of the UGT1A1 gene (exons 1 and 5) in Asian populations, presenting a genotype compatible with clinical picture of CNS-II. The family genetic analysis confirmed the origin of these mutations.

Conclusion: UGT1A1 gene analysis should be performed in all cases with unexplained unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia. The description of patients with peculiar genotypes especially including family analysis could help explain the relationship between the genotype and phenotype,it is helpful for clinicians to predict the outcome of the patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Asian People / genetics
  • China
  • Crigler-Najjar Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Crigler-Najjar Syndrome / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Glucuronosyltransferase / genetics*
  • Heterozygote
  • Homozygote
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Mutation*
  • Pedigree*


  • UGT1A1 enzyme
  • Glucuronosyltransferase

Supplementary concepts

  • Crigler Najjar syndrome, type 2