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Title: Mutations in TBL1X Are Associated With Central Hypothyroidism.
Authors: Heinen, Charlotte A.
Losekoot, Monique
Sun, Yu
Watson, Peter J.
Fairall, Louise
Joustra, Sjoerd D.
Zwaveling-Soonawala, Nitash
Oostdijk, Wilma
van den Akker, Erica L. T.
Alders, Mariëlle
Santen, Gijs W. E.
van Rijn, Rick R.
Dreschler, Wouter A.
Surovtseva, Olga V.
Biermasz, Nienke R.
Hennekam, Raoul C.
Wit, Jan M.
Schwabe, John W. R.
Boelen, Anita
Fliers, Eric
van Trotsenburg, A. S. Paul
First Published: 7-Sep-2016
Publisher: Endocrine Society
Citation: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2016, 101 (12), pp. 4564-4573
Abstract: CONTEXT: Isolated congenital central hypothyroidism (CeH) can result from mutations in TRHR, TSHB, and IGSF1, but its etiology often remains unexplained. We identified a missense mutation in the transducin β-like protein 1, X-linked (TBL1X) gene in three relatives diagnosed with isolated CeH. TBL1X is part of the thyroid hormone receptor-corepressor complex. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of the study were the identification of TBL1X mutations in patients with unexplained isolated CeH, Sanger sequencing of relatives of affected individuals, and clinical and biochemical characterization; in vitro investigation of functional consequences of mutations; and mRNA expression in, and immunostaining of, human hypothalami and pituitary glands. DESIGN: This was an observational study. SETTING: The study was conducted at university medical centers. PATIENTS: Nineteen individuals with and seven without a mutation participated in the study. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Outcome measures included sequencing results, clinical and biochemical characteristics of mutation carriers, and results of in vitro functional and expression studies. RESULTS: Sanger sequencing yielded five additional mutations. All patients (n = 8; six males) were previously diagnosed with CeH (free T4 [FT4] concentration below the reference interval, normal thyrotropin). Eleven relatives (two males) also carried mutations. One female had CeH, whereas 10 others had low-normal FT4 concentrations. As a group, adult mutation carriers had 20%-25% lower FT4 concentrations than controls. Twelve of 19 evaluated carriers had hearing loss. Mutations are located in the highly conserved WD40-repeat domain of the protein, influencing its expression and thermal stability. TBL1X mRNA and protein are expressed in the human hypothalamus and pituitary. CONCLUSIONS: TBL1X mutations are associated with CeH and hearing loss. FT4 concentrations in mutation carriers vary from low-normal to values compatible with CeH.
DOI Link: 10.1210/jc.2016-2531
ISSN: 0021-972X
eISSN: 1945-7197
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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