Y-position cysteine substitution in type I collagen (alpha1(I) R888C/p.R1066C) is associated with osteogenesis imperfecta/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome phenotype

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Hum Mutat

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Human mutation

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The most common mutations in type I collagen causing types II-IV osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) result in substitution for glycine in a Gly-Xaa-Yaa triplet by another amino acid. We delineated a Y-position substitution in a small pedigree with a combined OI/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) phenotype, characterized by moderately decreased DEXA z-score (-1.3 to -2.6), long bone fractures, and large-joint hyperextensibility. Affected individuals have an alpha1(I)R888C (p.R1066C) substitution in one COL1A1 allele. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) of [(3)H]-proline labeled steady-state collagen reveals slight overmodification of the alpha1(I) monomer band, much less than expected for a substitution of a neighboring glycine residue, and a faint alpha1(I) dimer. Dimers form in about 10% of proband type I collagen. Dimer formation is inefficient compared to a possible 25%, probably because the SH-side chains have less proximity in this Y-position than when substituting for a glycine. Theoretical stability calculations, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) thermograms, and thermal denaturation curves showed only weak local destabilization from the Y-position substitution in one or two chains of a collagen helix, but greater destabilization is seen in collagen containing dimers. Y-position collagen dimers cause kinking of the helix, resulting in a register shift that is propagated the full length of the helix and causes resistance to procollagen processing by N-proteinase. Collagen containing the Y-position substitution is incorporated into matrix deposited in culture, including immaturely and maturely cross-linked fractions. In vivo, proband dermal fibrils have decreased density and increased diameter compared to controls, with occasional aggregate formation. This report on Y-position substitutions in type I collagen extends the range of phenotypes caused by nonglycine substitutions and shows that, similar to X- and Y-position substitutions in types II and III collagen, the phenotypes resulting from nonglycine substitutions in type I collagen are distinct from those caused by glycine substitutions.


Adult, Amino Acid Sequence, Amino Acid Substitution, Cells, Cultured, Child, Collagen Type I/chemistry/genetics/ultrastructure, Cysteine/genetics, Dimerization, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome/diagnosis/genetics, Humans, Infant, Male, Microscopy, Electron, Transmission, Mutation, Missense, Osteogenesis Imperfecta/diagnosis/genetics, Pedigree, Phenotype, Protein Structure, Tertiary, Sequence Analysis, Protein

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Human mutation, 28:4 (2007) pp.396-405. DOI:10.1002/humu.20456.

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