Research Article

A novel missense mutation T101N in the melanocortin-4 receptor gene associated with obesity

Published: June 07, 2011
Genet. Mol. Res. 10 (2) : 1042-1049 DOI: 10.4238/vol10-2gmr948

Abstract

Mutations in the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) are associated with severe obesity, independent of their effect on cortisol or thyroid-stimulating hormone levels. We examined a morbidly obese male (BMI = 62 kg/m2) with a binge-eating disorder and eight family members for mutations in the MC4R gene and potential differences in leptin levels. Fifty healthy individuals served as controls. Sequence analysis revealed a novel heterozygous missense mutation (c.302 C>A, p.T101N) located in the second transmembrane domain of the receptor, which was not detected in controls. The Fisher exact test revealed an association between the T101N mutation and history of obesity (P

Mutations in the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) are associated with severe obesity, independent of their effect on cortisol or thyroid-stimulating hormone levels. We examined a morbidly obese male (BMI = 62 kg/m2) with a binge-eating disorder and eight family members for mutations in the MC4R gene and potential differences in leptin levels. Fifty healthy individuals served as controls. Sequence analysis revealed a novel heterozygous missense mutation (c.302 C>A, p.T101N) located in the second transmembrane domain of the receptor, which was not detected in controls. The Fisher exact test revealed an association between the T101N mutation and history of obesity (P