Consequences of Two Different Amino-Acid Substitutions at the Same Codon in KRT14 Indicate Definitive Roles of Structural Distortion in Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex Pathogenesis Academic Article uri icon


  • Numerous inherited diseases develop due to missense mutations, leading to an amino-acid substitution. Whether an amino-acid change is pathogenic depends on the level of deleterious effects caused by the amino-acid alteration. We show an example of different structural and phenotypic consequences caused by two individual amino-acid changes at the same position. Epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS) is a genodermatosis resulting from KRT5 or KRT14 mutations. Mutation analysis of an EBS family revealed that affected individuals were heterozygous for a, to our knowledge, previously unreported mutation of c.1237G>C (p.Ala413Pro) in KRT14. Interestingly, 2 of 100 unrelated normal controls were heterozygous, and 1 of the 100 was homozygous for a different mutation in this position, c.1237G>A (p.Ala413Thr). In silico modeling of the protein demonstrated deleterious structural effects from proline substitution but not from threonine substitution. In vitro transfection studies revealed a significantly larger number of keratin-clumped cells in HaCaT cells transfected with mutant KRT14 complementary DNA (cDNA) harboring p.Ala413Pro than those transfected with wild-type KRT14 cDNA or mutant KRT14 cDNA harboring p.Ala413Thr. These results show that changes in two distinct amino acids at a locus are destined to elicit different phenotypes due to the degree of structural distortion resulting from the amino-acid alterations.


  • Natsuga, Ken
  • Nishie, Wataru
  • Smith, Brian J
  • Shinkuma, Satoru
  • Smith, Thomasin A
  • Parry, David AD
  • Oiso, Naoki
  • Kawada, Akira
  • Yoneda, Kozo
  • Akiyama, Masashi
  • Shimizu, Hiroshi

publication date

  • September 2011

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