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The role of the Met98Lys optineurin variant in inherited optic nerve diseases


Craig, JE and Hewitt, AW and Dimasi, DP and Howell, N and Toomes, C and Cohn, AC and Mackey, DA, The role of the Met98Lys optineurin variant in inherited optic nerve diseases, British Journal of Ophthalmology, 90, (11) pp. 1420-1424. ISSN 0007-1161 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1136/bjo.2006.099333


Aims: To investigate the role of the common OPTN Met98Lys variant as a risk allele in open-angle glaucoma (OAG), autosomal dominant optic atrophy (ADOA) and Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON).

Methods: The presence of the Met98Lys variant was determined in a total of 498 (128 with normal-tension glaucoma (NTG)) patients with OAG, 29 patients who had myocilin-related OAG, 101 patients from ADOA pedigrees, 157 patients from LHON pedigrees and 218 examined OAG age-matched normal controls.

Results: 17 of 218 (7.8%) controls had the Met98Lys variant. 28 (5.6%) patients with OAG were Met98Lys positive. More Met98Lys carriers were found in the NTG group than in the high-tension glaucoma (HTG) group (p = 0.033). However, no significant difference was observed between the NTG and control cohorts (p = 0.609). Two MYOC mutation carriers were found to have the variant. The variant was found in 1 of 10 pedigrees with ADOA and in 8 of 35 pedigrees with LHON.

Conclusion: Data from this study do not support a strong role for the OPTN Met98Lys variant in glaucoma, ADOA or LHON. However, a weak association was observed of the variant with NTG compared with that with HTG. Meta-analysis of all published data on the variant and glaucoma confirmed that the association, although weak, is highly statistically significant in the cohort with glaucoma versus controls.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Ophthalmology and optometry
Research Field:Ophthalmology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hewitt, AW (Professor Alex Hewitt)
UTAS Author:Mackey, DA (Professor David Mackey)
ID Code:41587
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2014-10-06

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