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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 65  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 426-427
Dyskeratosis congenita with DKC1 mutation: A case report

1 Department of Dermatology, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital; Shenzhen Key Laboratory for Translational Medicine of Dermatology, Shenzhen, China
2 Department of Dermatology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China
3 Department of Dermatology, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, China
4 Shenzhen Key Laboratory for Translational Medicine of Dermatology, Shenzhen, China

Date of Web Publication11-Aug-2020

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Bo Yu
Department of Dermatology, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital; Shenzhen Key Laboratory for Translational Medicine of Dermatology, Shenzhen
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DOI: 10.4103/ijd.IJD_716_18

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Zhao XY, Zhong WL, Zhang J, Ma G, Hu H, Yu B. Dyskeratosis congenita with DKC1 mutation: A case report. Indian J Dermatol 2020;65:426-7

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Zhao XY, Zhong WL, Zhang J, Ma G, Hu H, Yu B. Dyskeratosis congenita with DKC1 mutation: A case report. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 30];65:426-7. Available from: https://www.e-ijd.org/text.asp?2020/65/5/426/291826


Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is a rare inherited disease characterized by mucocutaneous triad (reticular skin pigmentation, nail dystrophy, and oral leukoplakia), bone marrow failure, and cancer susceptibility.[1],[2] To date, 12 genes involved in telomere length maintenance have been reported to be associated with DC.[3]DKC1 was identified as the causative gene for DC with an X-linked pattern of inheritance.[3] Here, we present a recurrent DKC1 mutation in a Chinese DC family.

A nonconsanguineous Chinese family with X-linked recessive DC was referred to our department [Figure 1]a. The proband was a 24-year-old male who developed reticulate hyperpigmented and hypopigmented macules on the neck at 12 year of age [Figure 1]b. These macules gradually spread to the face, extremities, and trunk. Two years later, fragile nails in all fingers and toes were noted [Figure 1]c. At the age of 18, blisters and erosions, followed by white spots, appeared on the oral mucosa and tongue [Figure 1]d. He was otherwise healthy. Two other affected brothers showed similar progression. His younger brother showed additional thrombocytopenia, and the other brother had surgical removal of his oral leukoplakia at 20 year of age as the leukoplakia had progressed to squamous cell carcinoma [Figure 1]e. A skin biopsy from hyperpigmented macules on the upper chest of the proband showed marked thinning and flattening of the epidermis and melanophages in the upper dermis [Figure 1]f.
Figure 1: Clinical and histopathological features of the proband. (a) The pedigree of the family. The arrow indicates the proband. (b) Reticulate interspersed pigmentation with hypopigmented macules on the neck in the proband. (c) Finger nail ridging and longitudinal splitting in the proband. (d) Mucosal leukoplakia on the tongue in the proband. (e) Tongue squamous carcinoma after surgery in the second younger brother of the proband. (f) Histopathology of hyperpigmented macules on the upper chest of the proband showed marked thinning and flattening of epidermis and melanophages in the upper dermis (H and E, ×40)

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Sanger sequencing targeting DKC1 was performed after informed consent was obtained and revealed a recurrent hemizygous c. 1226C > G (p.P409R) mutation in exon 12 in the proband. The mutation segregated perfectly with the phenotypes in this family and was predicted to be damaged in silico.

The proband showed typical mucocutaneous manifestations and had a recurrent P409R mutation in DKC1, which led to the diagnosis of DC. Previously, one case with the same mutation reported that some female carriers also manifested features of DC due to X-chromosome skewing.[4] These phenotypic invariances may be due to unknown environmental or other genetic factors.DKC1 encodes dyskerin, which is the nucleolar protein associated with small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNP) in H/ACA snoRNP complexes.[2],[5] Most mutations were single base substitutions, which were mainly located in exons 3, 4, 10, 11, and 12 [Figure 2]. Exons 3, 4, and 5 encode the DKCLD domain, in which mutations may affect domain–domain interactions. The other mutations were clustered in exons 10, 11, and 12, which encoded the telomerase RNA binding and the pseudouridine synthase domain.[2],[5] These mutations caused defects in pseudouridylation and ribosome biogenesis, which led to the consequent phenotype of DC.
Figure 2: Sequence results of the proband with the DKC1 mutation and structural representation of DKC1. (a) Sequence results revealed a hemizygous mutation c. 1226C > G (p.P409R) in exon 12 of DKC1 in the proband (upper panel) and a heterozygous mutation in his mother (middle panel). Healthy control individuals have the wildtype sequence (lower panel). (b) Schematic representation of the gene structure of DKC1 and dyskerin protein (NP_001354.1). The coding exons are represented by blue boxes numbered “1” to “15.” The locations of the NLSs (amino acids 11–20; 446–458), DKCLD domains (amino acids 49–106), Trub-N domains (amino acids 107–247) and PUA domains (amino acids 297–371) are indicated. The number of gene mutations reported on different exons is shown in red

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Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Financial support and sponsorship

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 81673053), the fund of “San-ming” Project of Medicine in Shenzhen (no. SZSM201812059) and Shenzhen Research Grants (JCYJ20160428173958860, JCYJ20170411090739316, JCYJ20170306161807726).

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

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