ISSN: 1308-5727 | E-ISSN: 1308-5735
Volume: 14 Issue: 3 Year: 2022
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A Novel Mutation in the Thyroglobulin Gene Resulting in Neonatal Goiter and Congenital Hypothyroidism in an Eritrean Infant [J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol]
J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol. 2022; 14(2): 221-226 | DOI: 10.4274/jcrpe.galenos.2021.2020.0278

A Novel Mutation in the Thyroglobulin Gene Resulting in Neonatal Goiter and Congenital Hypothyroidism in an Eritrean Infant

Eve Stern1, Nadia Schoenmakers2, Adeline K. Nicholas2, Eran Kassif3, Orit Pinhas Hamiel4, Yonatan Yeshayahu5
1Edmond and Lily Safra Childrenís Hospital, Sheba Medical Center, Pediatric Endocrine and Diabetes Unit, Ramat-Gan, Israel
2Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
3Sheba Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tel Hashomer, Israel
4Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel
5Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Assuta Medical Center, Pediatric Endocrine and Diabetes Unit, Ashdod, Israel

Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) due to dyshormonogenesis may occur due to mutations in any of the key genes involved in thyroid hormone biosynthesis (TG, TPO, DUOX2, DUOXA2, SLC5A5, IYD, SLC26A4 and SLC26A7). Mutations in the thyroglobulin gene (TG) are frequently associated with goiter, which may present fetally or neonatally, although a spectrum of phenotypes is reported. We present the case of a woman of Eritrean origin who presented in the third trimester of pregnancy in the early stages of labor. Ultrasound at presentation revealed a fetal neck swelling consistent with a goiter. Following delivery by Caesarian section with minimal respiratory support, the infant was found to be hypothyroid with undetectable serum levels of thyroglobulin. Sequencing of the TG revealed a homozygous donor splice site pathogenic variant (c.5686+1delG) not previously described in the literature. Levothyroxine treatment resulted in normal growth and psychomotor development. Goitrous CH with inappropriately low thyroglobulin has previously been reported in patients harbouring homozygous single nucleotide substitutions at the same TG donor splice site, which result in exon skipping and retention of malformed thyroglobulin by the endoplasmic reticulum. We conclude that the TG c.5686+1delG pathogenic variant is the likely basis for our patientís fetal goiter and CH, and that the clinical phenotype associated with TG c.5686+1delG is comparable to that seen with single nucleotide substitutions at the same site.

Keywords: Congenital goiter, hypothyroidism, thyroglobulin, novel mutation, case report

Eve Stern, Nadia Schoenmakers, Adeline K. Nicholas, Eran Kassif, Orit Pinhas Hamiel, Yonatan Yeshayahu. A Novel Mutation in the Thyroglobulin Gene Resulting in Neonatal Goiter and Congenital Hypothyroidism in an Eritrean Infant. J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol. 2022; 14(2): 221-226

Corresponding Author: Eve Stern, Israel
Manuscript Language: English
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