Identification of a new defective SERPINA1 allele (PI*Z la palma) encoding an alpha-1-antitrypsin with altered glycosylation pattern

Respir Med. 2017 Oct;131:114-117. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2017.08.015. Epub 2017 Aug 16.


Background: Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is a genetic condition that arises from mutations in the SERPINA1 gene and predisposes to develop pulmonary emphysema and, less frequently, liver disease. Occasionally, new defective SERPINA1 alleles are detected as an outcome of targeted-screening programs or case-findings.

Methods: This study began with a female patient showing bronchial hyperreactivity. Serum level and phenotype for AAT was analysed by immunonephelometry and isoelectric focusing electrophoresis. The SERPINA1 gene of the proband was genotyped by PCR amplification and DNA sequencing. Analysis of AAT deficiency was extended to the proband's family.

Results: An abnormal AAT variant that migrated to a more cathodal position than PiZ AAT was detected in the proband's serum. Genetic analysis demonstrated that proband is heterozygous for a new defective SERPINA1 allele (PI*Zla palma) characterized by the c.321C > A (p.Asn83Lys) mutation in the M1Val213 background. This mutation abolishes the N-glycosylation site in position 83 of the mature AAT. Eight relatives of the proband are carriers of the PI*Zla palma allele and four of them have shown symptoms of bronchial asthma or bronchial hyperreactivity. The mean α1AT level in the serum of PI*MZla palma individuals was 87.1 mg/dl.

Conclusion: The reduction in circulating AAT levels associated to the PI*Zla palma allele was similar to that of PI*Z allele, representing a risk of impairment in lung function.

Keywords: Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency; Bronchial asthma; Bronchial hyperreactivity; Defective SERPINA1 allele.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Asthma / genetics*
  • Bronchial Hyperreactivity / genetics*
  • Female
  • Glycosylation*
  • Humans
  • Isoelectric Focusing
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation
  • Nephelometry and Turbidimetry
  • Pedigree
  • Spain
  • alpha 1-Antitrypsin / genetics*
  • alpha 1-Antitrypsin Deficiency / genetics*


  • SERPINA1 protein, human
  • alpha 1-Antitrypsin