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      Variants of the Myocilin Gene in Japanese Patients with Normal-Tension Glaucoma

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          Myocilin (MYOC) mutations are associated with juvenile- and adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). The purpose of this study was to determine whether MYOC gene mutations are associated with normal-tension glaucoma (NTG). The prevalence of MYOC mutations was determined in 80 Japanese NTG patients and 100 control subjects. In addition, the expression of mutant MYOC was determined by transforming COS-1 cells with five myocilin variants (R158Q, D208E, I360N, A363T, and I477S) and examining whether myocilin was present in the cultured cells and/or the culture medium by western blotting. Six different nucleotide sequence variants, R46Stop, R76K, R158Q, D208E, A488A, and one in the 3′ non-coding region, were identified in 80 NTG patients. Variants in codon 46 (R46Stop), codon 158 (R158Q), and codon 488 (A488A) were not found in the 100 normal controls. The frequency of other sequence changes (R76K, D208E, and 3′ non-coding) in NTG patients did not differ significantly from the frequencies in the control subjects. COS-1 cells transfected with the wild type, R158Q, or D208E variants secreted myocilin into the culture medium. On the other hand, the detected myocilin was significantly reduced in the medium of cells transfected with the I360N, A363T, or I477S variants that were previously identified as mutations for POAG. Definitive evidence of MYOC variants associated with NTG was not found.

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          To uncover risk factors for the highly variable individual rates of progression in cases of untreated normal-tension glaucoma. Visual field data were assembled from 160 subjects (160 eyes) enrolled in the collaborative normal-tension glaucoma study during intervals in which the eye under study was not receiving intraocular pressure-lowering treatment during prerandomization and postrandomization intervals. Analyses included multivariate analysis of time-dependent Cox proportional hazard, Kaplan-Meier analysis of "survival" without an increment of visual field worsening, and comparison of slopes of change in mean deviation global index over time. Most migraine occurred in women, but analysis demonstrated that gender and presence of migraine contribute separately to the overall risk. The risk ratio for migraine, adjusted for the other variables was 2.58 (P =.0058), for disk hemorrhage was 2.72 (P =.0036), and for female gender 1.85 (P =.0622). The average fall in the mean deviation index was faster in nonmigrainous women than in nonmigrainous men (P =.05). Suggesting genetic influence, Asians had a slower rate of progression (P =.005), and the few black patients enrolled had a tendency for faster progression. However, self-declared history of family with glaucoma or treated for glaucoma did not affect the rate of progression. Neither age nor the untreated level of intraocular pressure affected the rate of untreated disease progression, despite their known influence on prevalence. Whereas risk factors for prevalence help select populations within which to screen for glaucoma, the factors that affect the rate of progression help decide the expected prognosis of the individual's untreated disease and thereby the frequency of follow-up and aggressiveness of the therapy to be undertaken.
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            Clinical features associated with mutations in the chromosome 1 open-angle glaucoma gene (GLC1A)

            A substantial proportion of cases of glaucoma have a genetic basis. Mutations causing glaucoma have been identified in the chromosome 1 open-angle glaucoma gene (GLC1A), which encodes a 57-kd protein known as myocilin. The normal role of this protein and the mechanism by which mutations cause glaucoma are not known. We screened 716 patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and 596 control subjects for sequence changes in the GLC1A gene. We identified 16 sequence variations that met the criteria for a probable disease-causing mutation because they altered the predicted amino acid sequence and they were found in one or more patients with glaucoma, in less than 1 percent of the control subjects. These 16 mutations were found in 33 patients (4.6 percent). Six of the mutations were found in more than 1 subject (total, 99). Clinical features associated with these six mutations included an age at diagnosis ranging from 8 to 77 years and maximal recorded intraocular pressures ranging from 12 to 77 mm Hg. A variety of mutations in the GLC1A gene are associated with glaucoma. The spectrum of disease can range from juvenile glaucoma to typical late-onset primary open-angle glaucoma.
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              Age-dependent prevalence of mutations at the GLC1A locus in primary open-angle glaucoma.

              To screen a population with primary open-angle glaucoma for mutations in the gene that encodes the trabecular meshwork inducible glucocorticoid response protein (TIGR), also known as myocilin (MYOC). Ophthalmologic information was collected for study subjects with primary open-angle glaucoma and their relatives. Mutation screening of 74 primary open-angle glaucoma probands was conducted by sequencing TIGR/MYOC coding sequence and splice sites. In 23 families we detected 13 nonsynonymous sequence changes, nine of which appear to be mutations likely to cause or contribute to primary open-angle glaucoma. Two mutations, Arg272Gly and Ile499Ser, and one nonsynonymous sequence variant, Asn57Asp, are novel. We found mutations in nine of 25 juvenile glaucoma probands (36%) and two of 49 adult-onset glaucoma probands (4%). Age classification of families rather than individual probands revealed mutations in three of nine families with strictly juvenile primary open-angle glaucoma (33%), and no mutations in 39 families with strictly adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma (0%). In families with mixed-onset primary open-angle glaucoma containing both juvenile primary open-angle glaucoma and adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma cases, we found mutations in eight of 26 families (31%). Our data suggest that Gly252Arg, Arg272Gly, Glu323Lys, Gln368STOP, Pro370Leu, Thr377Met, Val426Phe, Ile477Asn, and Ile499Ser are likely to play roles that cause or contribute to the etiology of autosomal dominant primary open-angle glaucoma. Our finding of more TIGR/MYOC mutations in families with mixed-onset primary open-angle glaucoma than in the families with strictly adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma implies that the presence of relatives with juvenile primary open-angle glaucoma in a family could be used as a basis for identifying a subset of the population with adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma with higher prevalence of TIGR/MYOC mutations. To address this issue, and to refine estimations of mutation prevalence in these age-defined subpopulations, prospective study of a larger population ascertained entirely through adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma probands will be needed.

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                Ophthalmic Res
                Ophthalmic Research
                S. Karger AG
                December 2003
                29 December 2003
                : 35
                : 6
                : 345-350
                aNational Institute of Sensory Organs, National Tokyo Medical Center, Tokyo, and bDepartment of Ophthalmology, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
                74075 Ophthalmic Res 2003;35:345–350
                © 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel

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