Leaky splicing mutation in the acid maltase gene is associated with delayed onset of glycogenosis type II

Am J Hum Genet. 1995 Apr;56(4):887-97.


An autosomal recessive deficiency of acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA), type II glycogenosis, is genetically and clinically heterogeneous. The discovery of an enzyme-inactivating genomic deletion of exon 18 in three unrelated genetic compound patients--two infants and an adult--provided a rare opportunity to analyze the effect of the second mutation in patients who displayed dramatically different phenotypes. A deletion of Lys-903 in one patient and a substitution of Arg for Leu-299 in another resulted in the fatal infantile form. In the adult, a T-to-G base change at position -13 of intron 1 resulted in alternatively spliced transcripts with deletion of exon 2, the location of the start codon. The low level of active enzyme (12% of normal) generated from the leakage of normally spliced mRNA sustained the patient to adult life.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Exons
  • Female
  • Glucan 1,4-alpha-Glucosidase / genetics*
  • Glycogen Storage Disease Type II / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation*
  • Point Mutation
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • RNA Splicing / genetics*
  • Time Factors
  • alpha-Glucosidases


  • alpha-Glucosidases
  • Glucan 1,4-alpha-Glucosidase