Lack of homozygotes for the most frequent disease allele in carbohydrate-deficient glycoprotein syndrome type 1A

Am J Hum Genet. 1998 Mar;62(3):542-50. doi: 10.1086/301763.


Carbohydrate-deficient-glycoprotein syndrome type 1 (CDG1; also known as "Jaeken syndrome") is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by defective glycosylation. Most patients show a deficiency of phosphomannomutase (PMM), the enzyme that converts mannose 6-phosphate to mannose 1-phosphate in the synthesis of GDP-mannose. The disease is linked to chromosome 16p13, and mutations have recently been identified in the PMM2 gene in CDG1 patients with a PMM deficiency (CDG1A). The availability of the genomic sequences of PMM2 allowed us to screen for mutations in 56 CDG1 patients from different geographic origins. By SSCP analysis and by sequencing, we identified 23 different missense mutations and 1 single-base-pair deletion. In total, mutations were found on 99% of the disease chromosomes in CDG1A patients. The R141H substitution is present on 43 of the 112 disease alleles. However, this mutation was never observed in the homozygous state, suggesting that homozygosity for these alterations is incompatible with life. On the other hand, patients were found homozygous for the D65Y and F119L mutations, which must therefore be mild mutations. One particular genotype, R141H/D188G, which is prevalent in Belgium and the Netherlands, is associated with a severe phenotype and a high mortality. Apart from this, there is only a limited relation between the genotype and the clinical phenotype.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles*
  • Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation / enzymology
  • Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation / genetics*
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Heterozygote
  • Homozygote*
  • Humans
  • Mutation
  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphomutases) / genetics*
  • Polymorphism, Single-Stranded Conformational


  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphomutases)
  • phosphomannomutase