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Identification of a Novel Frame-Shift Mutation in PRSS1 Gene in Han Patients with Autoimmune Pancreatitis

[ Vol. 14 , Issue. 3 ]


F. Gao, Y. Li, C. Wang, Z. Zhuang, Q.C. Liu, J. Chen, G. Hong and Z. Xu   Pages 340 - 348 ( 9 )


Objective: To detect mutations of trypsinogen gene (PRSS1) in patients with autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) and to determine the underlying pathogenesis.

Methods: DNA sequencing was used to detect full-length of PRSS1, cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), and pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitor (SPINK1) genes mutations in an AIP family and a sporadic case and 520 normal controls. Furthermore, a mutant-expressing system was constructed for functional confirmation.

Results: For the first time, we report a deletion mutation at exon 2 of PRSS1 gene (IVS 2 +56_60 del CCCAG) which encoded a truncated PRSS1 protein without trypsinogen activation peptide (TAP). Vitro functional study suggested the identified mutation would result in loss of PRSS1 activity. Mutant trypsinogen activated at a faster rate than wild-type trypsinogen in the autoactivation experiment. Histopathologic examination revealed the ratio of IgG4/IgG-positive plasma cells exceeded 0.455 in pancreas, and the patients responded to glucocorticoids.

Conclusion: PRSS1: IVS 2 +56_60 del CCCAG is a noval mutant which may contribute to AIP pathogenesis.


Autoimmune pancreatitis, IVS 2 +56_60 del CCCAG mutation, molecular mechanism, PRSS1 gene.


Department of Laboratory Medicine, the first Affiliated Hospital, Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou 350005, China.

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