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Jing Jin, Lingfeng Cao, Zhuhui Zhao, Shuixian Shen, Wieland Kiess, Dijing Zhi, Rong Ye, Ruoqian Cheng, Lian Chen, Yi Yang, and Feihong Luo


Congenital generalized lipodystrophy (CGL) is a rare and heterogeneous disease of autosomal recessive inheritance. Until now, no genetic findings had been reported in Chinese patients with CGL.


To analyze Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy type 2 (BSCL2) and 1-acylglycerol-3-phosphate O-acyltransferase 2 (AGPAT2) gene variation in a Chinese boy with CGL and his family.

Design, setting, and participants

All exons of BSCL2 and AGPAT2 with adjacent intron–exon junctions were analyzed using direct sequencing.

Main outcome measures

Sequences of each exon and nearby intron of the BSCL2 and AGPAT2 genes of the family members were compared with the gene bank genomic sequences.


DNA sequence analysis of the entire coding regions and surrounding uncoding regions disclosed a novel homozygous G→T mutation at nucleotide 909 in exon 5 of the BSCL2 gene in the affected child. A heterozygous state of the G→T mutation of the BSCL2 gene was also found in other family members. This mutation predicts the substitution of glutamic acid at codon 189 by the stop codon (Glu189X or E189X). No variation was found in the AGPAT2 gene.


E189X is a novel BSCL2 gene mutation that contributes to CGL formation in a family of Chinese origin.

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Feng Sun, Jun-Xiu Zhang, Chang-Yi Yang, Guan-Qi Gao, Wen-Bin Zhu, Bing Han, Le-Le Zhang, Yue-Yue Wan, Xiao-Ping Ye, Yu-Ru Ma, Man-Man Zhang, Liu Yang, Qian-Yue Zhang, Wei Liu, Cui-Cui Guo, Gang Chen, Shuang-Xia Zhao, Ke-Yi Song, and Huai-Dong Song


Congenital hypothyroidism (CH), the most common neonatal metabolic disorder, is characterized by impaired neurodevelopment. Although several candidate genes have been associated with CH, comprehensive screening of causative genes has been limited.

Design and methods

One hundred ten patients with primary CH were recruited in this study. All exons and exon–intron boundaries of 21 candidate genes for CH were analyzed by next-generation sequencing. And the inheritance pattern of causative genes was analyzed by the study of family pedigrees.


Our results showed that 57 patients (51.82%) carried biallelic mutations (containing compound heterozygous mutations and homozygous mutations) in six genes (DUOX2, DUOXA2, DUOXA1, TG, TPO and TSHR) involved in thyroid hormone synthesis. Autosomal recessive inheritance of CH caused by mutations in DUOX2, DUOXA2, TG and TPO was confirmed by analysis of 22 family pedigrees. Notably, eight mutations in four genes (FOXE1, NKX2-1, PAX8 and HHEX) that lead to thyroid dysgenesis were identified in eight probands. These mutations were heterozygous in all cases and hypothyroidism was not observed in parents of these probands.


Most cases of congenital hypothyroidism in China were caused by thyroid dyshormonogenesis rather than thyroid dysgenesis. This study identified previously reported causative genes for 57/110 Chinese patients and revealed DUOX2 was the most frequently mutated gene in these patients. Our study expanded the mutation spectrum of CH in Chinese patients, which was significantly different from Western countries.

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Xiong-Fei Pan, Yichao Huang, Xinping Li, Yi Wang, Yi Ye, Huan Chen, Matti Marklund, Ying Wen, Yan Liu, Huayan Zeng, Xiaorong Qi, Xue Yang, Chun-Xia Yang, Ge Liu, Robert A Gibson, Shunqing Xu, Danxia Yu, Da Chen, Yuanyuan Li, Zhixiong Mei, An Pan, and Jason H Y Wu


We aimed to examine prospective associations between circulating fatty acids in early pregnancy and incident gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) among Chinese pregnant women.


Analyses were based on two prospective nested case-control studies conducted in western China (336 GDM cases and 672 matched controls) and central China (305 cases and 305 matched controls). Fasting plasma fatty acids in early pregnancy (gestational age at enrollment: 10.4 weeks(s.d., 2.0)) and 13.2 weeks (1.0), respectively) were determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and GDM was diagnosed based on the International Association of Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Groups criteria during 24–28 weeks of gestation. Multiple metabolic biomarkers (HOMA-IR (homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance), HbA1c, c-peptide, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, adiponectin, leptin, and blood lipids) were additionally measured among 672 non-GDM controls at enrollment.


Higher levels of saturated fatty acids (SFAs) 14:0 (pooled odds ratio, 1.41 for each 1-s.d. increase; 95% CI: 1.25, 1.59) and 16:0 (1.19; 1.05, 1.35) were associated with higher odds of GDM. Higher levels of n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) 18:2n-6 were strongly associated with lower odds of GDM (0.69; 0.60, 0.80). In non-GDM pregnant women, higher SFAs 14:0 and 16:0 but lower n-6 PUFA 18:2n-6 were generally correlated with unfavorable metabolic profiles.


We documented adverse associations of 14:0 and 16:0 but a protective association of 18:2n-6 with GDM among Chinese pregnant women. Our findings highlight the distinct roles of specific fatty acids in the onset of GDM.