The common truncation variant in pancreatic lipase related protein 2 (PNLIPRP2) is expressed poorly and does not alter risk for chronic pancreatitis

PLoS One. 2018 Nov 8;13(11):e0206869. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0206869. eCollection 2018.


A nonsense variant (p.W358X) of human pancreatic lipase related protein 2 (PNLIPRP2) is present in different ethnic populations with a high allele frequency. In cell culture experiments, the truncated protein mainly accumulates inside the cells and causes endoplasmic reticulum stress. Here, we tested the hypothesis that variant p.W358X might increase risk for chronic pancreatitis through acinar cell stress. We sequenced exon 11 of PNLIPRP2 in a cohort of 256 subjects with chronic pancreatitis (152 alcoholic and 104 non-alcoholic) and 200 controls of Hungarian origin. We observed no significant difference in the distribution of the truncation variant between patients and controls. We analyzed mRNA expression in human pancreatic cDNA samples and found the variant allele markedly reduced. We conclude that the p.W358X truncation variant of PNLIPRP2 is expressed poorly and has no significant effect on the risk of chronic pancreatitis.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Acinar Cells / metabolism
  • Acinar Cells / pathology
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alleles
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress / genetics*
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic
  • Gene Frequency
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease*
  • Humans
  • Lipase / genetics*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutant Proteins / genetics
  • Mutation / genetics
  • Pancreas / pathology
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic / genetics*
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic / physiopathology
  • Risk Factors


  • Mutant Proteins
  • Lipase
  • pancreatic lipase related protein 2