A novel nonsense variant (c.1499C>G) in CRB1 caused Leber congenital amaurosis-8 in a Chinese family and a literature review

BMC Med Genomics. 2022 Sep 17;15(1):197. doi: 10.1186/s12920-022-01356-z.


Background: Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA) is a severe hereditary retinopathy disease that is characterized by early and severe reduction of vision, nystagmus, and sluggish or absent pupillary responses. To date, the pathogenesis of LCA remains unclear, and the majority of cases are caused by autosomal recessive inheritance. In this study, we explored the variant in the Crumbs homologue 1 (CRB1) gene in a Chinese family with LCA.

Methods: We conducted comprehensive ocular examinations and collected 5 ml of blood samples from members of a Chinese family with LCA. A pathogenic variant was identified by capturing (the panel in NGS) and Sanger sequencing validation.

Results: A nonsense variant (c.1499C>G) in the 6th exon of CRB1 gene in a Chinese family with LCA was identified, which predicted a change in the protein p. S500*, may lead to loss of gene function. We summarized the 76 variants reported thus far in CRB1 that caused LCA8.

Conclusions: This study reported a novel variant c.1499C>G (p. S500*) of the CRB1 gene occurred in a Chinese family with LCA, thus expanding the spectrum of CRB1 variants causing LCA.

Keywords: Crumbs homologue 1 (CRB1); Leber’s congenital amaurosis; Variant.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asian People / genetics
  • China
  • Codon, Nonsense / genetics
  • Eye Proteins* / genetics
  • Humans
  • Leber Congenital Amaurosis* / genetics
  • Membrane Proteins* / genetics
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins* / genetics
  • Pedigree


  • CRB1 protein, human
  • Codon, Nonsense
  • Eye Proteins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins