CCDC47 mutations cause rare multisystem disorder

Four individuals with developmental delay and various symptoms were found to have mutations in the same gene: CCDC47.

CCDC47 gene governs cell signaling by calcium molecules. In mice models, depletion of CCDC47 leads to embryonic death. However, humans can live with disrupted gene – but those individuals develop complex disorder involving malfunctions of many body’s systems.

As researchers note, main symptoms include:

woolly hair, liver dysfunction, pruritus, dysmorphic features, hypotonia, and global developmental delay

No name for the disorder was proposed, therefore it can be called CCDC47-associated disorder.

Mutations reside in segments of the gene: exon 7 and exon 11. They lead to disruption of a protein product of the gene, significantly harming many pathways relying on calcium signaling.

More: “Bi-allelic CCDC47 Variants Cause a Disorder Characterized by Woolly Hair, Liver Dysfunction, Dysmorphic Features, and Global Developmental Delay”, M. Morimoto et al., 2018, doi:10.1016/j.ajhg.2018.09.014.