Next-generation Sequencing Extends the Phenotypic Spectrum for LCA5 Mutations: Novel LCA5 Mutations in Cone Dystrophy

Sci Rep. 2016 Apr 12:6:24357. doi: 10.1038/srep24357.


We aim to characterize the clinical features and genetic causes for two affected siblings from a Chinese family with cone dystrophy (CD). Two patients and four unaffected family members were recruited and received complete ophthalmic examinations. Genomic DNA was isolated from the peripheral blood samples from all patients. Targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) approach followed by intrafamilal cosegregation and in silico analyses were employed to determine the genetic defects. Ophthalmic evaluations finalized the clinical diagnosis of CD for the two patients in this family, both of whom presented macular atrophy with no remarkable changes in the peripheral retina. Comprehensive genetic screening approach revealed biallelic missense mutations in the Leber congenital amaurosis 5 (LCA5) gene, p.[Ala212Pro];[Tyr441Cys], as disease causative for this family. Both mutations were novel. The first substitution was predicted to eliminate a hydrogen bond and alter the tertiary structure of lebercilin, protein encoded by LCA5. We for the first time report novel biallelic LCA5 mutations in causing CD. Our study extends the phenotypic and genotypic spectrums for LCA5-associated retinopathies and better illustrates its genotype-phenotype correlations, which would help with better genetic diagnosis, prognosis, and personalized treatment for CD patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asian People
  • Eye Proteins / chemistry
  • Eye Proteins / genetics*
  • Family Health
  • Genetic Association Studies*
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing*
  • Humans
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / chemistry
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / genetics*
  • Mutation, Missense*
  • Protein Conformation
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa / genetics*
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa / pathology*
  • Siblings


  • Eye Proteins
  • LCA5 protein, human
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins

Supplementary concepts

  • Cone Dystrophy 3