A novel splicing mutation in the ceruloplasmin gene responsible for hereditary ceruloplasmin deficiency with hemosiderosis

J Neurol Sci. 1998;156(1):30-4. doi: 10.1016/s0022-510x(98)00015-x.


Hereditary ceruloplasmin deficiency with hemosiderosis (aceruloplasminemia) is a newly recognized autosomal recessive disorder of copper-iron metabolism due to mutations in the ceruloplasmin (Cp) gene. We report here a novel mutation in the Cp gene in a 54-year-old Japanese woman with this disease. She showed clinical triad; diabetes mellitus, retinal degeneration and neurological disorder in her middle age. Laboratory findings were characteristic for no detectable serum ceruloplasmin and increased serum ferritin. Liver biopsy revealed excessive storage of iron in hepatocytes and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain was indicative of increased iron content in the basal ganglia, thalamus and dentate nucleus. The a-->g substitution at the splice acceptor site of the intron 6 (1209-2) caused a 8-bp deletion in Cp mRNA by defective splicing, resulting in a premature termination codon at the amino acid position 388. Truncation of Cp, even if effectively translated, may cause loss of its normal function because of drastic change in its triangular structure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Alternative Splicing*
  • Ceruloplasmin / deficiency*
  • Ceruloplasmin / genetics*
  • Female
  • Hemosiderosis / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation*
  • Pedigree
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • Ceruloplasmin