JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM, vol.25, pp.419-426, 2012 (SCI-Expanded)
Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) is the most common neonatal endocrine disorder and results in mental retardation if untreated. Eighty-five percent of CH cases are due to disruptions in thyroid organogenesis and are mostly sporadic, but about 2% of thyroid dysgenesis is familial, indicating the involvement of genetic factors in the aetiology of the disease. In this study, we aimed to investigate the Mendelian (single-gene) causes of non-syndromic and non-goitrous congenital hypothyroidism (CHNG) in consanguineous or multicase families. Here we report the results of the second part (n=105) of our large cohort (n=244), representing the largest such cohort in the literature, and interpret the overall results of the whole cohort. Additionally, 50 sporadic cases with thyroid dysgenesis and 400 unaffected control subjects were included in the study. In familial cases, first, we performed potential linkage analysis of four known genes causing CHNG (TSHR, PAX8, TSHB, and NKX2-5) using microsatellite markers and then examined the presence of mutations in these genes by direct sequencing. In addition, in silico analyses of the predicted structural effects of TSHR mutations were performed and related to the mutation specific disease phenotype. We detected eight new TSHR mutations and a PAX8 mutation but no mutations in TSHB and NKX2-5. None of the biallelic TSHR mutations detected in familial cases were present in the cohort of 50 sporadic cases. Genotype/phenotype relationships were established between TSHR mutations and resulting clinical presentations. Here we conclude that TSHR mutations are the main detectable cause of autosomal recessively inherited thyroid dysgenesis. We also outline a new genetic testing strategy for the investigation of suspected autosomal recessive non-goitrous CH.