FLNA mutations in surviving males presenting with connective tissue findings: two new case reports and review of the literature

BMC Med Genet. 2018 Aug 8;19(1):140. doi: 10.1186/s12881-018-0655-0.


Background: Mutations in the X-linked gene filamin A (FLNA), encoding the actin-binding protein FLNA, cause a wide spectrum of connective tissue, skeletal, cardiovascular and/or gastrointestinal manifestations. Males are typically more severely affected than females with common pre- or perinatal death.

Case presentation: We provide a genotype- and phenotype-oriented literature overview of FLNA hemizygous mutations and report on two live-born male FLNA mutation carriers. Firstly, we identified a de novo, missense mutation (c.238C > G, p.(Leu80Val)) in a five-year old Indian boy who presented with periventricular nodular heterotopia, increased skin laxity, joint hypermobility, mitral valve prolapse with regurgitation and marked facial features (e.g. a flat face, orbital fullness, upslanting palpebral fissures and low-set ears). Secondly, we identified two cis-located FLNA mutations (c.7921C > G, p.(Pro2641Ala); c.7923delC, p.(Tyr2642Thrfs*63)) in a Bosnian patient with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome-like features such as skin translucency and joint hypermobility. This patient also presented with brain anomalies, pectus excavatum, mitral valve prolapse, pulmonary hypertension and dilatation of the pulmonary arteries. He died from heart failure in his second year of life.

Conclusions: These two new cases expand the list of live-born FLNA mutation-positive males with connective tissue disease from eight to ten, contributing to a better knowledge of the genetic and phenotypic spectrum of FLNA-related disease.

Keywords: Connective tissue disease; Filaminopathy; Live-born males; Periventricular nodular heterotopia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Connective Tissue / metabolism
  • Connective Tissue Diseases / genetics*
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome / genetics
  • Filamins / metabolism*
  • Genes, X-Linked / genetics
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation / genetics*
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype
  • Young Adult


  • FLNA protein, human
  • Filamins