Phenotypic diversity, disease progression, and pathogenicity of MVK missense variants in mevalonic aciduria


Mevalonic aciduria (MVA) and Hyperimmunoglobulinemia D syndrome (HIDS) are disorders of cholesterol biosynthesis caused by variants in the MVK gene and characterized by increased urinary excretion of mevalonic acid. So far, 30 MVA patients have been reported, suffering from recurrent febrile crises and neurologic impairment. Here, we present an in-depth analysis of the phenotypic spectrum of MVA and provide an in-silico pathogenicity model analysis of MVK missense variants. The phenotypic spectrum of eleven MVA patients (age range 0-51 years) registered in the Unified European Registry for Inherited Metabolic Disorders database was systematically analyzed using terms of the Human Phenotype Ontology. Biochemical, radiological as well as genetic characteristics were investigated. Six of eleven patients have reached adulthood and four have reached adolescence. One of the adolescent patients died at the age of 16 years and one patient died shortly after birth. Symptoms started within the first year of life, including episodic fever, developmental delay, ataxia, and ocular involvement. We also describe a case with absence of symptoms despite massive excretion of mevalonic acid. Pathogenic variants causing MVA cluster within highly conserved regions, which are involved in mevalonate and ATP binding. The phenotype of adult and adolescent MVA patients is more heterogeneous than previously assumed. Outcome varies from an asymptomatic course to early death. MVK variants cluster in functionally important and highly conserved protein domains and show high concordance regarding their expected pathogenicity. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

In J Inherit Metab Dis. 2021;44:1272–1287
Heiko Brennenstuhl
Board-certified Pediatrician, Human Geneticist, Junior Research Group Leader

I am interested in genomic data generation and analysis for screening purposes.