A structure-function study of MID1 mutations associated with a mild Opitz phenotype

Laila Mnayer, Sawsan Khuri, Hassan Al-Ali Merheby, Germana Meroni, Louis J. Elsas

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The X-linked form of Opitz syndrome (OS) affects midline structures and produces a characteristic, but heterogeneous, phenotype that may include severe mental retardation, hypertelorism, broad nasal bridge, widow's peak, cleft lip/cleft palate, congenital heart disease, laryngotracheal defects, and hypospadias. The MID1 gene was implicated in OS by linkage to Xp22. It encodes a 667 amino acid protein that contains a RING finger motif, two B-box zinc fingers, a coiled-coil, a fibronectin type III (FNIII) domain, and a B30.2 domain. Several mutations in MID1 are associated with severe OS. Here, we describe an intelligent male with a milder phenotype characterized by hypertelorism, broad nasal bridge, widow's peak, mild hypospadias, pectus excavatum, and a surgically corrected tracheo-esophageal fistula. He has an above average intelligence and no cleft lip/palate or heart disease. We identified a novel mutation in MID1 (P441L) which is in exon 8 and functionally associated with the FNIII domain. While OS phenotypes have been attributed to mutations in the C-terminal part of MID1, little is currently known about the structure-function relationships of MID1 mutations, and how they affect phenotype. We find from a literature review that missense mutations within the FNIII domain of MID1 are associated with a milder presentation of OS than missense mutations elsewhere in MID1. All truncating mutations (frameshift, insertions/deletions) lead to severe OS. We used homology analysis of the MID1 FNIII domain to investigate structure-function changes caused by our missense mutation. This and other missense mutations probably cause disruption of protein-protein interactions, either within MID1 or between MID1 and other proteins. We correlate these protein structure-function findings to the absence of CNS or palatal changes and conclude that the FNIII domain of the MID1 protein may be involved in midline differentiation after neural tube and palatal structures are completed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-203
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular Genetics and Metabolism
Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Mar 2006


  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Fibronectin III
  • Hypertelorism
  • Hypospadias
  • MID1 protein
  • Ubiquitin ligase
  • X-linked Opitz

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Endocrinology


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