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Variaciones geneticas en el gen MYH7 en pacientes venezolanos con miocardiopatia hipertrofica.

Genetic variations of [beta]-MYH7 in Venezuelan patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is defined as a primary cardiac disease (1, 2) characterized by left ventricular hypertrophy in the absence of any other disease (they can be cardiac or systemic) that can lead to a secondary hypertrophy. Histologically, there are structural hypertrophy and myocyte disarray with interstitial fibrosis (3-5). HCM is the leading cause of sudden death in young people and athletes (6). HCM affects 1 in 500 people worldwide (3-5). It is mainly caused by mutations in genes encoding sarcomere proteins (7-10). Presently, there are approximately 1400 mutations reported in 23 HCM related genes (11).

Mutations in two genes-[beta]-myosin heavy chain (MYH7) and myosin binding protein C (MYBPC3, cardiac isoform) are responsible for 50 to 70% of genetic cases of HCM (3, 12, 13). [beta]-myosin, a large 1935 amino acid protein located on the long arm of human chromosome 14, specifically 14q11. 2-q13, interacts with the thin filament during muscle contraction. The gene consists of 40 exons which produce a transcript of 6,027 bp (5, 14). Myosin is a hexameric protein that consists of two myosin heavy chains and two pairs of non-identical light chains, the regulatory (RLC) and essential (ELC) light chains (15, 7). The [beta]-myosin heavy chain is divided into three regions: the subfragment 1 (S1), subfragment 2 (S2) and light meromyosin (LMM) (Fig. 1) (15, 5). More than 200 different mutations have been identified in HCM with respect to the MYH7 gene (16) and most of them are found in the S1 and S2 regions. The mutations have been associated with marked hypertrophy and severe clinical phenotype (4, 17), although the frequency of mutations found in the MYH7 gene is variable and depends on the type of study (18).

There are no published studies regarding mutations on clinical cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Venezuela. In this study, we analyzed the coding region including the intron-exon boundaries of the MYH7 gene corresponding to patients diagnosed with HCM to establish the frequency and possible types of mutations shown by this gene in the Venezuelan population.



The study was performed between 2010-2012 on 58 individuals genetically independent, between 13 and 70 years of age, from Lara state, Venezuela and diagnosed at ASCARDIO Hospital with HCM by physical examination, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, and holter (Table I). The control samples were collected from 106 healthy blood donors from ASCARDIO Hospital and IVIC, with no history of heart disorders. The diagnostic criteria for inclusion in the study were: a left ventricular wall thickness or interventricular septum = 13 mm, with no cause of such hypertrophy, as well as the characteristic symptoms corresponding to HCM pathology as revealed by the echocardiograms. All subjects gave their informed consent to be included in this study, which was approved by the ASCARDIO and IVIC ethics committee.


Genetic analyses: DNA was isolated from samples of peripheral blood using the protocol described by Lahiri and Nurnberger (19). The coding sequences of the MYH7 gene were amplified with PCR using genomic DNA, with primers reported in: Polymerase chain reaction was carried out in 0.5 mL tubes. Each tube contained 10-20 ng of genomic DNA, 0.2 mM each of forward and reverse primer, 0.5-1 U of taq DNA polymerase enzyme, 0.2 mM of dNTP, 5 [micro]L PCR buffer and water to make up the final volume to 50 p,L.

Amplification was carried out with the annealing temperature varying from 58[degrees]C to 62[degrees]C (based on the exon). Amplified fragments were purified with the AxyPrep[TM] Blood Genomic DNA Miniprep Kit and sent to Macrogen (Korea) for direct sequencing. The sequences obtained were analyzed using the software McVector (Version 11.1.2) and compared with the sequences stored in the NCBI database (http://www.ncbi.nlm. of the MYH7 gene (NP_000248.2).

The changes observed in the sequences were confirmed by four additional sequence analyses from independent PCR reactions. All the possible mutations were validated by bi-directional DNA sequencing. Each of the possible mutations in this study were checked if present in the NCBI database on line or published. Additionally, we defined pathogenic mutations as those that were reported to be present in HCM patients, and not in healthy relatives. We also considered a mutation as pathogenic when the affected amino acid was in regions conserved among species. A polymorphism was defined as a change in nucleotide sequence present in control individuals or sequences previously reported in the database on line. (; http: //, http://www., and


In this study we report the screening of possible mutations of the MYH7 gene coding regions including the intron-exon boundaries, and not only exons coding for the head motor domain of the protein. We found 8 variants, reported as polymorphisms (Table II), and 2 intronic variations (Table III). We did not identify any missense mutations in the MYH7 gene in the HCM patients.

The analysis of exon 16 revealed the following changes: 4 patients and 5 controls exhibited the allele A for the polymorphism Glu535Glu (20), while only 1 control individual exhibited the C allele for the position 585. Three patients had the allele C for the Asn589Asn polymorphism.

In exon 12, we detected only one patient with the allele G for the Lys 365 Lys polymorphism (20-22) in homozygosis, and 7 patients plus 18 controls heterozygotes. Additionally, two patients and one control with the allele C for the Asp 376 Asp polymorphism (20) in homozygosis, and 19 controls plus 9 patients heterozygotes for the same polymorphism in exon 12.

The most common genetic variations were found in exon 23. In this study all the controls evaluated showed the allele T, in its heterozygous form, for the polymorphisms Ala 917 Ala and Leu 943 Leu, while only 29 out of 58 HCM patients showed the same changes.

In exon 3, 81 controls and 22 patients had the allele T for the Thr 63 Thr polymorphism (20-22), only four patients were homozygous, while the rest of individuals were heterozygous. On this study, only 1 patient carried 6 polymorphic variants, excluding the change Ile 585 Ile (Table II).

The sequencing results additionally revealed two genetic variants, located in two intronic regions: a transition C > T in intron 15 found in only 3 controls; a substitutions in intron 19 (-17 A>G) which was found in 55 controls plus 20 patients (Table III). All individuals were heterozygotes. Therefore, only polymorphisms in the MYH7 gene were found. We did not find any missense mutations or nonsense mutations. This could be probably due to their presence in other genes that might be responsible for the clinical symptoms observed, as all patients showed left ventricular hypertrophy consistent with the clinical features of HCM.


This study is the first report on the mutation frequency of the MYH7 gene in a population of patients clinically diagnosed with HCM in Venezuela. The MYH7 gene was the first gene associated with HCM in humans (23), and it has been reported that MYH7, together with MYBPC3--the gene encoding cardiac isoform of myosin-binding protein C--, are responsible for about 70% of genotyped HCM cases (24). In Venezuela, HCM patients are diagnosed exclusively by clinical evaluation because genetic trials are not available. It is therefore important to examine the genetic background in those individuals already diagnosed with HCM. The present study constitutes an important starting point which should lead to a better understanding of the genetic basis of HCM in Venezuela, and also contribute to the development of valuable diagnostic tools for identifying individuals of the patients family who are at risk for HCM. Examining all of the genes in which disease associated mutations have been described would entail considerably more resources and technology than the ones currently available.

The mutations that have been described in the MYH7 gene are predominantly missense mutations, located principally in the globular myosin head (25-27). There are also mutations, described in the rod region of the gene (5), that have been associated largely with dilated cardiomyopathy (5).

Here we report eight polymorphisms in exons and two genetic variations in intronic regions. In our studied population sample, we did not find any missense mutations in the MYH7 gene. The absence of missense mutations on these clinically diagnosed HCM patients, has several explanations. First, the population studied consisted of only clinically diagnosed patients not previously classified with specific heart pathologies, as it is done in a large reference center; second, the patient population in the study could represent sporadic cases of HCM. Other studies have noted that in sporadic cases of HCM there can be a scarcity of mutations in the genes most commonly mutated in HCM patients (28). Also, it has been demonstrated that the frequency of mutations in the MYH7 gene is low in patients diagnosed as mature adults (11, 18), which could explain the absence of mutations in the 55 years old patients in our study . According to Brito et al. (28) individuals with sporadic HCM exhibit the disease later in life and the causative mutations often remained unidentified in familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (FHC) cases.

The number of mutations associated with FHC is dependent upon the genetic characteristics of the population studied. In one study by Laredo et al. in Spain (18), mutations in the MYH7 gene were reported only in 10% to the families evaluated. Similar results were observed by Van driest et al. (29) and Garcia Castro et al. (30).

Additionally, Roncaratti et al. analyzed a population of 125 unrelated Italian patients and reported a low number of mutations in the MYH7 gene (31). Most studies point to an association between mutations in the MYH7 gene and familial history of HCM, but this was not found in the study of Bashyam et al. (32), which reported mutations in only seven of 80 patients, with familial history, suggesting that the role of the mutations in the MYH7 gene in FHC is not completed defined and may depend upon the genetic heterogeneity of the populations studied.

The clinical variability observed in HCM disease, could be influenced by several factors, such as modifier genes, epigenetic factors, microRNAs, posttranslation protein modifications and environmental factors (1, 24, 25). The clinical heterogeneity is demonstrated by instances where two individuals from the same family share the same mutation but exhibit different sympthomatology; or even cases where one individual remains asymptomatic while others with the same mutation develop clinical symptoms early in life, including cardiac failure, or severe arrhythmia (31).

According to Golbus et al. (33) the MYH7 gene compared to MYBPC3 and TNN, the gene that codes for Titin, has fewer protein-altering variation (PAV), such as missense or nonsense mutation polymorphisms, insertion/deletions in the coding regions and splice site altering variants. Therefore, it is not strange the absence of mutations found in the small group of patients studied in this research. In conclusion, the cardiac [beta]-myosin heavy chain gene is not the predominant gene for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Venezuelan patients.


We thank Dr. Raul Padron, for his comments on this work, Marinela Falcone MD, for the sending of blood samples, Dr. Gustavo Marquez, and Lic. Daniel Romero for their help with the manuscript.


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Rosalva Rodriguez [1], David Guerrero [1], Yoyna Rivas [1], Andrea Lacruz [1] and Yris Flores [2].

[1] Laboratorio de Genomica de Enfermedades Musculares, Centro de Biologia Estructural, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (IVIC). Miranda, Venezuela.

[2] Asociacion Cardiovascular Centro-Occidental (ASCARDIO). Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

Autor de correspondencia: Rosalva Rodriguez. Laboratorio de Genomica de Enfermedades Musculares, Centro de Biologia Estructural, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (IVIC). Miranda, Venezuela. Telef. 58-212-5041715. Correo electronico:


Description                        Patients (n=58)

Age of diagnosis (years)
  13-22                                  12
  26-49                                  28
  51-70                                  18
Male sex                                 30
Female sex                               28
Arterial Hypertension                    11
NYAI                                      3
NYAII                                    19
NYA III                                   8
Chest Pain                               16
Syncope                                   7
Shortness of breath (dyspnea)            30
Altered state of consciousness           10


Exon   Gen position     Protein     Control/Patients
                       position         N=106/58

E3      g.5909 T>C    Thr 63 Thr         81/22

E12     g.9633 G>A    Lys 365 Lys         18/8

E12     g.9666 C>T    Asp 376 Asp        20/11

E12     g.11573A>G    Glu 535 Glu         5/4

E16    g.11723 C>A    Ile 585 Ile         1/0

E16    g.11735 C>T    Asn 589 Asn         0/3

E16    g.15354 T>C    Ala 917 Ala        106/29

E23    g.15430 T>C    Leu 943 Leu        106/29

Exon    Allelic     Allelic         SNP
       frecuency   frecuency
       (control)   (Patients)

E3      T=0.382     T=0.224      rs2069540
        C=0.618     C=0.776
E12     G=0.084     G=0.077      rs735711
        A=0.915     A=0.922
E12     C=0.099     C=0.112      rs2231126
        T=0.900     T=0.887
E12     A=0.023     A=0.034      rs2069543
        G=0.976     G=0.966
E16     C=0.004       C=0       rs201860580
        A=0.995       A=1
E16       C=0       C=0.025      rs3729816
          T=1       T=0.974
E16      T=0.5       T=0.25      rs1041957
         C=0.5       C=0.75
E23      T=0.5       T=0.25      rs2856898
         C=0.5       C=0.75

SNP: Single nucleotide polymorphism.


Position       Intron     Change in the   Control/Patients
in the gene                nucleotide        N = 106/58

g.12721       IVS15-256        C>T              3/0

g.14788       IVS19-17         A>G             55/20

Position       Allelic      Allelic
in the gene   Frequency    Frequency
              (Controls)   (Patients)

g.12721        C=0.014        C= 0
               T=0.985        T=1
g.14788        A=0.259      A=0.172
               G=0.741      G=0.827

IVS: Intervening sequence N= Number of Control and Patients.
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