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Expanding the clinical spectrum of hereditary fibrosing poikiloderma with tendon contractures, myopathy and pulmonary fibrosis due to FAM111B mutations

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Abstract

Background

Hereditary Fibrosing Poikiloderma (HFP) with tendon contractures, myopathy and pulmonary fibrosis (POIKTMP [MIM 615704]) is a very recently described entity of syndromic inherited poikiloderma. Previously by using whole exome sequencing in five families, we identified the causative gene, FAM111B (NM_198947.3), the function of which is still unknown. Our objective in this study was to better define the specific features of POIKTMP through a larger series of patients.

Methods

Clinical and molecular data of two families and eight independent sporadic cases, including six new cases, were collected.

Results

Key features consist of: (i) early-onset poikiloderma, hypotrichosis and hypohidrosis; (ii) multiple contractures, in particular triceps surae muscle contractures; (iii) diffuse progressive muscular weakness; (iv) pulmonary fibrosis in adulthood and (v) other features including exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, liver impairment and growth retardation. Muscle magnetic resonance imaging was informative and showed muscle atrophy and fatty infiltration. Histological examination of skeletal muscle revealed extensive fibroadipose tissue infiltration. Microscopy of the skin showed a scleroderma-like aspect with fibrosis and alterations of the elastic network. FAM111B gene analysis identified five different missense variants (two recurrent mutations were found respectively in three and four independent families). All the mutations were predicted to localize in the trypsin-like cysteine/serine peptidase domain of the protein. We suggest gain-of-function or dominant-negative mutations resulting in FAM111B enzymatic activity changes.

Conclusions

HFP with tendon contractures, myopathy and pulmonary fibrosis, is a multisystemic disorder due to autosomal dominant FAM111B mutations. Future functional studies will help in understanding the specific pathological process of this fibrosing disorder.

Background

Poikiloderma is a dermatologic condition characterized by skin atrophy, telangiectasias, and variegated pigmentation (hypo- and hyperpigmentation). Inherited poikiloderma is a group of rare disorders including Rothmund-Thomson syndrome (RTS [MIM 268400]), the eponymous Weary form of hereditary sclerosing poikiloderma [MIM 173700], Kindler syndrome [MIM 173650], and poikiloderma with neutropenia (PN [MIM 604173]) [14]. A distinct autosomal dominant form of hereditary fibrosing poikiloderma (HFP) was described in a South African family of European-descent [5]. In this two-generation family, five individuals were affected by this syndrome, including poikiloderma but with the additional features of muscle contractures, and progressive pulmonary fibrosis. Clinical manifestations were poikiloderma, telangiectasia and pigmentary anomalies especially on the face and sun-exposed areas from early childhood. Muscles contractures particularly involved the ankles and feet, and together with muscle involution caused gait disturbance. Pulmonary involvement was noted during the second decade of life; progressive dyspnoea and restrictive impairment of lung function were linked to pulmonary fibrosis. We previously identified HFP with tendon contractures, myopathy, and pulmonary fibrosis (POIKTMP) as a new clinical entity and we identified the causative mutations in the FAM111B gene (NM_198947.3) by whole-exome sequencing [6].

Here, we extend the description of the POIKTMP phenotype through observations made in two family cases and a series of eight sporadic cases with dominant causative FAM111B mutations. The main features consist of (i) early-onset poikiloderma, hypotrichosis, hypohidrosis; (ii) muscle contractures with varus foot deformity; (iii) progressive proximal and distal muscle weakness and (iv) progressive pulmonary fibrosis. In total, we identified five different missense mutations that are predicted to localize in the functional domain of the FAM111B protein. Histological data showed a multisystemic adiposis and fibrosis leading to this disorder.

Methods

Patient recruitment

All the patients were referred by their referent physicians (geneticists, dermatologists, neurologists or pulmonologists) either on typical clinical features and/or after FAM111B mutation identification by whole exome sequencing. The five members of the South African family F10 and individuals F1, proband F2, F3, F4 were previously reported [5, 6]. Individuals F1, proband F2, F3 and F4 were described in the initial report as individuals F1-II2, F2-II4, F3-II1 and F4-II1, respectively [6]. In family F2, the affected son was born after the diagnosis of POIKTMP in the father. Four additional cases were identified based on typical clinical features like poikiloderma and contractures for individuals F5, F6 and F8, and on lung fibrosis for individual F9. It is worth noting that Rothmund-Thomson syndrome (RTS) was suggested for almost all the patients in the first years of life (no mutation was found in the main causative gene for RTS, RECQL4 [MIM 603780]). Whole exome sequencing was performed in individuals F6 at the Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine at the University of Dundee and F7 at the Personalized Genomic Medicine laboratory at Columbia University and identified a FAM111B mutation leading to the diagnosis.

Clinical investigation and phenotype

Ethnic origin and family history information was collected. We routinely analyzed parameters such as auxology, skin examination, myopathic features and/or contractures, lung impairment or any other major medical event as shown in Table 1.

Table 1 Clinical and molecular data of affected individuals affected

Consent

This study was approved by the institutional review board of the Hospital of Nantes and other contributing institutions. Written informed consent was obtained from each adult participant and the parents of the participating children.

FAM111B gene identification and sequencing

As described in Mercier et al., 2013, a whole exome-sequencing strategy applied to two independent families of Caucasian descent, a simplex French one, F1, and a multiplex South African one, F10, highlighted the involvement of FAM111B mutations in POIKTMP [6]. More recently, we found de novo mutations in five additional independent cases: three were revealed by either high-throughput (with a minimal 100× read depth), and/or Sanger sequencing targeting FAM111B, and the two others were identified by whole-exome sequencing. In each family, parents’ samples were analysed for screening of the familial mutation when available, which enabled confirmation of the de novo nature of the variant encountered (Table 1). Besides, the absence of the FAM111B variants observed in POIKTMP patients was checked by Sanger sequencing in 388 healthy controls from different ethnic origins (including 96 Algerians, 127 Moroccans and 165 South Africans).

Results

Demographic data

Fifteen patients belonging to 10 independent families were diagnosed with POIKTMP (Table 1). A mutation in the FAM111B gene was identified in all the patients tested. Six were females and nine were males. They were of French, Algerian, Irish, Italian, Moroccan, Dominican Republic and South-African origins. The median age at last follow-up was 20.5 years (min = 8 months; max = 56 years).

Poikiloderma and ectodermal abnormalities

Skin abnormalities were the earliest findings in all patients. Poikiloderma appeared during early infancy, typically in the first six months of age. It was mainly localized to the face (Fig. 1). Transient exacerbations of facial erythema were seen following sun exposure. This erythema was complicated by bullous lesions in individual F1. Hyperpigmented and hypopigmented lesions are a constituent part of poikiloderma but individual F5 also had Blaschko linear hyperpigmentation (Fig. 2b).

Fig. 1
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Facial and scalp skin lesions. Poikiloderma and alopecia of the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes in individuals F1, F4, F5, F6, F8 and F9 (a-f)

Fig. 2
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Skin lesions of upper and lower limbs. Eczema-like and psoriasis-like dermatosis of the upper limbs in individual F4 (a); hyperpigmentated regions in individual F5 (b); chronic lymphoedema of lower limbs and hands in individuals F4 (c, d), F6 (e), F8 (f); diffuse skin lesions of lower limbs and cellulitis in individual F6 (e, g)

Sparse scalp hair, sparse or absent eyelashes and/or eyebrows was found in all patients with variable severity. Hair dysplasia and leukoplakia were not observed (Fig. 2). Three patients had nail dysplasia. Hypohidrosis with heat intolerance was observed in most of the patients (11/12).

In addition, seven patients had lymphoedema of lower and/or upper extremities that was complicated by cellulitis in three of them (Fig. 2g). Chronic erythematous and scaly skin lesions described by clinicians as eczema-like, ichthyosis-like or psoriasis-like lesions were often observed on the limbs. Some patients had palmoplantar erythrosis, mild palmoplantar keratoderma or sclerosis of the digits. Of note, skin lesions in particular facial poikiloderma improved with time.

Microscopic examination of the biopsied skin performed in four patients revealed a very characteristic pattern of epidermal atrophy with scleroderma-like features and conspicuous alterations of the elastic network in the superficial and deep dermis. Enlarged and fragmented elastic fibres were noted and the formation of elastic globes in the papillary dermis was associated with a diffuse slight collagen sclerosis (Fig. 3). Lesions could easily be misdiagnosed as RTS lesions, as it was the case for individual F4. In individual F6, hyperkeratosis, parakeratosis, hypergranulosis were observed as well as acanthosis and spongiosis with numerous apoptotic keratinocytes.

Fig. 3
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Muscle and skin microscopy. a-d Fatty tissue, fragmented muscle fascicles next to normal fascicles in individuals F1 (a-b) or nonspecific myopathic changes with variation in fiber size in proband F2 (c-d) (Hematoxylin and eosin staining [H&E]; ×20 (a) and ×100 magnification (b-d)). e-f Epidermal atrophy, scleroderma-like features with a diffuse mild collagen sclerosis (e) (individual F1; H&E; ×20 magnification); elastic dystrophy with formation of elastic globes (arrowheads) in the papillary dermis (f) (individual F1; Weigert staining; ×150 magnification)

Muscle contractures and myopathy

After cutaneous features, muscle contractures represent the second suggestive finding of POIKTMP. These can be seen as early as 2 years of age in some patients. The most commonly affected muscle was the triceps surae, leading to a shortening of Achilles tendons. Five patients underwent surgery for Achilles tendon lengthening at median age of 10 years (min = 5; max = 14). For example, individual F1 had very severe varus deformities of both feet. His gait impairment appeared at the age of 6 years and outdoor wheelchair use was required by the age of 7 years. Following tendon lengthening surgery, he was able to walk again. In four patients, contractures of upper limbs (biceps brachii and carpal extensors) were also noted. Thoracolumbar scoliosis was noticed in two patients (proband F2 and F3).

Muscle atrophy was observed in four patients (individuals F1, F3, F4 and proband F2) and in some cases, was diffuse and severe. The South African proband had atrophic thenar and hypothernar eminences. Similarly, individual F1 did not have the ability to oppose the thumb on both hands. The majority of patients (8/11) developed a progressive weakness of both proximal and distal muscles of all four limbs, although the first symptoms observed in lower limbs were rather proximal. The median age of onset of muscle involvement was 5.9 years (min = 1; max = 11). Clinical variability of muscle weakness was high. The most severe case, individual F4, lost ambulation at the age of 3 years old. At the age of 9 years she could no longer transfer from bed to wheelchair. Her muscle strength (MRC score) was graded globally between 2 and 3. The other individuals are still ambulatory. Of the adult patients, proband F2 was able to walk only a few steps before stopping and was unable to climb stairs at 31 years of age. He presented with a pronounced axial muscle impairment especially in the abdominal belt, trunk and neck extensors with dropped head. In contrast, muscle strength testing did not show any weakness in the 40-year-old individual F9. However, muscle involvement was confirmed in this individual by muscle MRI, which showed a selective involvement of the vastus lateralis muscles (Fig. 4). Muscle MRI was performed in two other patients (individuals F1 and proband F2), respectively at age 7 and 30. The older individual F2 had more severe muscle impairment. The MRI revealed a severe diffuse fatty infiltration of legs with a relative sparing of tibialis posterior and a severe fatty infiltration of the anterior compartment of thighs with a relative sparing of posterior compartment. Abdominal CT scan performed in individual F7 revealed atrophy of the paraspinal and rectus abdominis muscles.

Fig. 4
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Muscle MRI (coronal images: thighs (up); calves (down); T1-weighted sequence). Diffuse bright appearance of the anterior compartment of the thighs, particularly in the vastus lateralis muscles, and the posterior compartment of the calves in individual F1 at 7 years of age (a); more severe stage with a relative sparing of the posterior compartment of the thighs in proband F2 at 30 years (b). Specific involvement of the vastus lateralis muscles (asterisks) with sparing of other thigh muscles in individual F9 (c)

Serum creatine kinase was either normal (in 3/8 patients) or slightly increased (5/8 patients; max = 500 IU/L). When performed, electromyography showed a normal or myopathic pattern.

Muscle biopsy performed in six patients revealed the same histopathologic pattern (Fig. 3). There was extensive fatty infiltration and residual muscle tissue was composed of fragmented muscle fascicles with either normal fibers or atrophic fibers with central nuclei. No neuropathic features (i.e. normal ATPase pattern) or mitochondrial network abnormalities were found on histochemistry or immunolabelling. Western blot analysis in proband F2 showed a secondary reduction of calpain.

Pulmonary impairment

All patients for whom pulmonary data were available had abnormal lung function with a restrictive pulmonary pattern. Non-invasive ventilation was considered for proband F2 who had a severe restrictive pulmonary pattern. Individual F4 had recurrent bronchitis. Progressive interstitial pulmonary fibrosis was not observed in children, and found in only half of the adults (3/6): individual F9 and two men from the original South African family. Pulmonary complications were life-threatening in some individuals, as seen in these three individuals who died at 30, 40 and 56 years of age. Two of them died only three or four years after the first respiratory symptoms such as progressive breathlessness and dry cough.

Other systemic features

Growth retardation and delayed puberty

Growth retardation and/or hypotrophy were observed in six individuals with delayed puberty in two individuals. Enteral feeding was required in individual F4 due to low weight, which remained 15 kg (<−3 SD) at 6 years of age. In this individual, IGF1 level was low at 58 μg/L (95–240). No specific testing was performed in the other patients to investigate this feature.

Liver involvement

Liver impairment was reported in four patients. Individuals F5, F6 and F7 initially presented with mildly elevated transaminases, alkaline phosphatises, gamma-glutamyl transferase, and/or bilirubin, which fluctuated between normal and abnormal for F7. Furthermore, individual F3 had hepatomegaly and cholestasis, which was treated with ursodesoxycholic acid.

Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency

Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency was diagnosed in four individuals (F1, F5, F6 and F7). Symptoms included fatty stools and diarrhea, which normalized with pancreatic enzyme supplementation. A CT scan of abdomen showed severe pancreatic atrophy in individual F7. It is worth noting that post-mortem examination of one individual of the South African family F10 showed extensive fatty infiltration of the pancreas [5].

Ophthalmologic findings

Some ophthalmologic abnormalities were observed in three individuals viz: cataracts in individual F3, shallow orbits with mild restriction of medial rectus action OU and right macular pigmentary changes in individual F7 and corneal thickness in individual F9. No other ophthalmologic findings were associated.

Neurodevelopment

Cognitive development and function were totally normal in all patients. Of note, one individual (F9) had schizophrenia. No other psychiatric disorders were reported.

Haematological abnormalities

Eosinophilia was observed in three patients (individuals F1, F4 and F6). Individual F7 had a mild thrombocytopenia and a slightly increased mean corpuscular volume.

Genetics

To determine the molecular basis of POIKTMP, a whole-exome sequencing strategy was first applied to the French family F1 and the South African F10 as described in Mercier et al., 2013. FAM111B (NM_198947.3) appeared as the only candidate gene in common between the two families: c.1879A > G (p.Arg627Gly) was the unique de novo variant found in the individual F1 and c.1861 T > G (p.Tyr621Asp) was observed in the affected individuals of family F10.

We identified a causative mutation in each family of the series. The variants consist of five different missense mutations that are predicted to localize in the trypsin-like cysteine/serine peptidase domain of the protein (Fig. 5) and are absent from all public genetic variant databases tested (dbSNP142 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/snp/); Exome Variant Server, NHLBI GO Exome Sequencing Project (ESP), Seattle, WA (URL: http://evs.gs.washington.edu/EVS/) [accessed on October 2015]; Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC), Cambridge, MA (URL: http://exac.broadinstitute.org) [accessed on October 2015]; Genome of the Netherlands [7]) and from 388 healthy controls of different ethnic origin. Four variants are within seven consecutive codons and encode amino acids located in the loop of the predicted functional domain of FAM111B: c.1861 T > G (p.Tyr621Asp), c.1874C > A (p.Thr625Asn), c.1879A > G (p.Arg627Gly), and c.1883G > A (p.Ser628Asn). The last variant identified in individual F9 is located upstream of the loop, but still in the trypsin-like cysteine/serine peptidase domain (c.1289A > C (p.Gln430Pro)). Mutations reported in POIKTMP are available in the LOVD variant database dedicated to FAM111B (www.LOVD.nl/FAM111B).

Fig. 5
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Missense variants identified in FAM111B. Conserved amino acid sequences among mammals and cluster within a putative cysteine/serine trypsin-like peptidase domain of FAM111B. Variant #1 [c.1289A > C (p.Gln430Pro)] identified in individual F9; variant #2 [c.1861 T > G (p.Tyr621Asp)] in the South-African family F10; variant #3 [c.1874C > A (p.Thr625Asn)] in individual F8; variant #4 [c.1879A > G (p.Arg627Gly)] in individuals F1, F3 and family F2; variant #5 [c.1883G > A (p.Ser628Asn) in individuals F4, F5, F6 and F7

Discussion

We report a series of ten families of HFP with muscle contractures, myopathy, and pulmonary fibrosis due to dominant mutations in the FAM111B gene. Here we have added six new cases to the previously reported cases and confirm that POIKTMP is a multisystemic disorder involving the processes of fibrosis and adiposis [5, 6].

In our series, all patients had poikiloderma in early infancy, which is a key feature in diagnosing this disorder. The phenotypes presented here are distinct from other types of hereditary poikiloderma, such as RTS, hereditary sclerosing poikiloderma of Weary, Kindler syndrome or poikiloderma with neutropenia [14, 810]. In our cases, skin lesions improved with time whereas extracutaneous manifestations became more prominent. RTS is the main differential diagnosis for POIKTMP and most patients were initially misdiagnosed as RTS in childhood. POIKTMP and RTS share the following features: early-onset poikiloderma, ectodermal dysplasia features (hypotrichosis, hypohidrosis and nail dysplasia), palmoplantar keratoderma, growth delay, cataracts and haematological abnormalities [1].

Strikingly, myopathy appears to be specific to POIKTMP. Some patients presented with early prominent joint contractures, mainly in the triceps surae muscles. The severity of these contractures could impair the gait and Achilles tendon lengthening was performed successfully in affected patients. The patients with muscle involvement developed weakness in both distal and proximal leg muscles and in some of them muscle weakness extended to the upper limbs. Axial muscle involvement was also present, especially in the trunk extensors, neck flexors, abdominal belt and respiratory muscles. Muscle MRI is an easy and non-invasive procedure that can help identifying muscle involvement. Taking into account the small number of patients, MRI images revealed an early and selective involvement of the vastus lateralis muscle while posterior compartment of thighs were relatively spared. In the legs, a prominent fatty infiltration was observed in the posterior compartment while the tibialis posterior was spared. Proximodistal and axial muscle weakness was prominent in the lower legs with prominent joint contractures. Selective muscle involvement in muscle imaging in the context of poikiloderma should prompt diagnostic consideration of POIKTMP. Pulmonary fibrosis, liver and pancreatic impairment have also only been reported in POIKTMP. Some other findings such as congenital malformations (skeletal anomalies, visceral malformations) and cancer predisposition seem to be specific to RTS and are not described in POIKTMP to date.

As shown in our series, there is variability in the clinical features of POIKTMP. Some patients exhibit only cutaneous abnormalities with or without muscle involvement. We cannot predict the course of the disease and there may be long-term complications in the six patients who are younger than 13 years of age. Pulmonary fibrosis seems to affect adults only, even if a restrictive lung pattern is detected in childhood. The clinical course of pulmonary fibrosis may be rapidly progressive, as observed in individual F9 and the proband’s brother in family F10. Some patients only had restrictive lung function due to respiratory muscle involvement in the absence of pulmonary fibrosis. Regular lung function testing with monitoring of vital capacity and DLCO is recommended in the follow-up of these patients. Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is also part of the disease. It was observed in four individuals (F1, F5, F6 and F7) and a pancreatic fatty infiltration was identified in the South African man on post-mortem examination at 30 years of age.

In the literature, two articles have described pancreatic insufficiency with fatty pancreatic degeneration in RTS-like individuals without any mutation in the RECQL4 gene [11, 12]. Meier et al. reported in 2012 a woman with RTS who died at the age of 42 years, after multiple organ failure, including chronic end-stage renal disease, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, lung fibrosis and lethal respiratory insufficiency due to progressive systemic muscular atrophy [11]. Of note, an abdominal CT scan showed fatty pancreatic degeneration responsible for the exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Otsu et al. described in 2008 a 20-year-old male with exocrine pancreatic hypofunction caused by atrophy and fatty replacement of the pancreas [12]. In both cases, no mutation in RECQL4 gene was found [12]. We suggest that these two cases were probably due to mutations in FAM111B. Another RTS-like case is highly suggestive of POIKTMP in a female affected with epilepsy [13]. We found neurological features only in one individual (F9) who presented with schizophrenia. It is unclear if this is an incidental association or if there is a causal link with POIKTMP. The frequency of schizophrenia is as high as 1 % in the general population and thus no conclusion can be made based on this single observation [14]. The phenotypes of POIKTMP and RTS are overlapping and the frequency of POIKTMP is probably underestimated today. We recommend FAM111B screening in the evaluation of RTS or more widely of early-onset poikiloderma when no mutation is found in the RECQL4 gene (Küry et al., accepted in EJHG) [15].

As previously reported, the other major features of POIKTMP are the fatty muscle infiltration observed in muscle and skin biopsies (Figs. 3 and 4). Histological examination of skeletal muscle showed a partial loss of muscle tissue associated with an extensive fibrofatty tissue infiltration. There was no patent indication of denervation, necrosis, or inflammation (except for one isolated focus of inflammatory cells in individual F2). In the skin biopsy, the pathology studies revealed collagen sclerosis, elastic degeneration, and the absence of fatty infiltration, in contrast to the observation made in muscle tissue. In addition, the post-mortem study of one affected member of the South African family revealed a diffuse fatty infiltration and fibrosis of organs such as the lungs, oesophagus and pancreas. Similarly, the cholestasis and hepatomegaly observed in individual F3 could likely be related to such histological lesions, even if we do not have the confirmation of this assumption. In individuals F5 and F7, SGOT and SGPT may be elevated in parallel with creatine kinase as these enzymes are also found in muscle. However, the gamma-glutamyl transferase was also elevated and is specific to the hepatobiliary system. Liver blood tests were also abnormal in individual F6 with normal creatine kinase. These data are rather in favour of a liver impairment as shown in individual F3. In sum, the clinical, MRI and histological findings support a pathological process of multisystemic fibrosis and adiposis underlying this disorder.

FAM111B mutations were found in all the families. In individual F7, two additional variants were identified by whole exome sequencing in CLCN1, the gene implicated in Myotonia Congenita [MIM 255700]. We do not know if the combination of these variants could be pathogenic but the patient had no myotonia, nor myotonic discharges at EMG. Within the “family with sequence similarity 111” gene family, there are two members: FAM111A and FAM111B (NM_198947.3). In the literature, one article suggests the FAM111A-FAM111B locus to be involved in prostate cancer susceptibility [16]. Bioinformatic tools predict the FAM111B protein to contain a trypsin-like cysteine/serine peptidase enzymatic domain. This domain is 45 % homologous to the one predicted in FAM111A [MIM 615292], in which causative mutations have been recently reported to cause the Kenny-Caffey syndrome (KCS [MIM 127000]) and osteocraniostenosis (OCS [MIM 602361]), two clinical entities phenotypically distinct from POIKTMP [17]. It is worth noting that the FAM111B mutations are also located in the functional domain of the protein and consist of missense dominant mutations as well. This suggests either a gain-of-function or a dominant-negative effect.

FAM111B mRNA expression has been detected in many tissues, including keratinocytes, skeletal myocytes, adipose tissue and lung. We performed immunoblot analyses of tissue samples in individual F1 and detected FAM111B in skeletal striated muscle, but not in fibroblasts or in the control [6]. Functional studies are ongoing to determine the still-unknown function of FAM111B and the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying this disorder. This will hopefully lead to the identification of the pathway involved in POIKTMP pathogenesis. Advances in this area will be crucial to understand POIKTMP pathology with the aim of finding a treatment in the future. It could also be beneficial for other disorders like scleroderma or myopathies in which fibrosis and adiposis are also.

Some genotype-phenotype correlations are apparent from our observations. The most upstream mutation (codon 430) was located outside the loop of the functional domain and was identified in individual F9 who had asymptomatic muscle involvement, but severe pulmonary fibrosis in adulthood. These clinical features are very similar to the description of the South African adult patients whose mutation (codon 621) is located in the loop also upstream to the other FAM111B mutations. The mutations in codons 625, 627 and 628 were found in patients with an earlier onset of the disease and a more severe phenotype in terms of cutaneous, muscle and/or visceral findings. Long-term follow-up of these patients will be helpful in generating a more complete picture of this syndrome. Further case reports and case series will be needed to confirm these preliminary genotype-phenotype correlations. We postulate that mutations in other regions of FAM111B might lead to phenotypes different from POIKTMP, as observed in many other disorders [18, 19].

Conclusions

In conclusion, we describe in the largest series to date the specific features of POIKTMP: early-onset poikiloderma, ectodermal dysplasia features, muscle contractures, myopathy, pulmonary fibrosis, as well as growth retardation, liver impairment, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, cataracts and haematological abnormalities. An obscure process leading to adiposis and fibrosis is responsible for this multisystemic disorder due to FAM111B dominant mutations. Functional studies are ongoing to understand the pathological process in POIKTMP, which could also be beneficial for the understanding of other fibrotic disorders.

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We thank all the families who participated in this study. We are very grateful to all the collaborators who also contributed to this work: Nasreddine Benchick, Claire Bénéteau, Catherine Bodemer, Jean-Benoit Courcet, Isabelle Desguerre, Solange Duriez, Sylvie Fraitag, Jérôme Franques, Jocelyne Havard, Darren Houniet, Bernard Keavney, France Leturcq, Laëtitia de Peufeilhoux, Olivier Pichon, Gasnat Shaboodien and Marc Tardieu, as well as Réjane Troudet and Céline Chevrier. We thank Neil Wilson for technical assistance and Christian Cole for bioinformatics support.

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The Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine at the University of Dundee is supported by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award (098439/Z/12/Z to W.H.I.M.).

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SMe collected all the clinical and molecular data and drafted the manuscript. SK, FB, PB, SBé, SMG, FS carried out the molecular genetic studies. SMe, ESC, AMa, UA, NB, BC, FC, VCD, AD, BE, EF, MG, AG, AH, JI, ADI, DIB, CK, BM, JYM, SMa, MMA, CM, AMu, GOR, JPe, JPi, EP, JBS, NS, NPK, SBa, IML, JO, CU, RW are the clinicians who examined the patients and collected the clinical and imaging data. DFB, RG, JMM, PLN, KT carried out the pathological studies. CBH, CL, CLC carried out the FAM111B protein studies. CT, LF, CK helped in recruiting patients, collecting data and providing DNA. SK, ESC, AMa, SBa, SBé, ADI, JBS, BM, MMA, GOR, FS, RW, UA, TB, YP helped in revising the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Keywords

  • Poikiloderma
  • Myopathy
  • Contractures
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Adiposis