Eur J Med Genet. 2015 Apr;58(4):230-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmg.2015.02.004. Epub 2015 Feb 23.
Mutations in the insulin (INS) gene rarely occur in patients with Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY). We aimed to describe in detail two MODY families with INS mutations. The INS gene was screened by direct sequencing. The probands and their affected relatives underwent a mixed-meal test. Mutation predictions were modeled using I-TASSER and were visualized by Swiss-PdbViewer. A novel heterozygous frameshift mutation p.Gln78fs in the INS gene was found in three generations of patients with clinically distinct diabetes. The single nucleotide deletion (c.233delA) is predicted to change and prolong amino acid sequence, resulting in aberrant proinsulin without native structures of C-peptide and A-chain. In the second family, the heterozygous mutation c.188-31G>A within the terminal intron was detected. The mother and her daughter were misdiagnosed as having type 1 diabetes since the ages of 6 and 2 years, respectively. This result is in contrast to the previously described carrier of the same mutation who was diagnosed with permanent neonatal diabetes. We identified a novel coding frameshift mutation and an intronic mutation in the INS gene leading to childhood-onset diabetes. INS mutations may result in various phenotypes, suggesting that additional mechanisms may be involved in the pathogenesis and clinical manifestation of diabetes.