Clinical Characterization of 66 Patients With Congenital Retinal Disease Due to the Deep-Intronic c.2991+1655A>G Mutation in CEP290

Dyon Valkenburg, Caroline van Cauwenbergh, Birgit Lorenz, Mies M van Genderen, Mette Bertelsen, Jan-Willem R Pott, Frauke Coppieters, Julie de Zaeytijd, Alberta A H J Thiadens, Caroline C W Klaver, Hester Y Kroes, Mary J van Schooneveld, Markus Preising, Carel B Hoyng, Bart P Leroy, L Ingeborgh van den Born, Rob W J Collin

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Purpose: To describe the phenotypic spectrum of retinal disease caused by the c.2991+1655A>G mutation in CEP290 and to compare disease severity between homozygous and compound heterozygous patients.

Methods: Medical records were reviewed for best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), age of onset, fundoscopy descriptions. Foveal outer nuclear layer (ONL) and ellipsoid zone (EZ) presence was assessed using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Differences between compound heterozygous and homozygous patients were analyzed based on visual performance and visual development.

Results: A total of 66 patients were included. The majority of patients had either light perception or no light perception. In the remaining group of 14 patients, median BCVA was 20/195 Snellen (0.99 LogMAR; range 0.12-1.90) for the right eye, and 20/148 Snellen (0.87 LogMAR; range 0.22-1.90) for the left. Homozygous patients tended to be more likely to develop light perception compared to more severely affected compound heterozygous patients (P = 0.080) and are more likely to improve from no light perception to light perception (P = 0.022) before the age of 6 years. OCT data were available in 12 patients, 11 of whom had retained foveal ONL and EZ integrity up to 48 years (median 23 years) of age.

Conclusions: Homozygous patients seem less severely affected compared to their compound-heterozygous peers. Improvement of visual function may occur in the early years of life, suggesting a time window for therapeutic intervention up to the approximate age of 17 years. This period may be extended by an intact foveal ONL and EZ on OCT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4384-4391
Number of pages8
JournalInvestigative ophthalmology & visual science
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2018


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Antigens, Neoplasm/genetics
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Electroretinography
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gene Amplification
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Introns/genetics
  • Leber Congenital Amaurosis/diagnosis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation
  • Neoplasm Proteins/genetics
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Retina/diagnostic imaging
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence
  • Visual Acuity/physiology
  • Young Adult


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