Functional Analysis of a Novel Connexin30 Mutation in a Large Family with Hearing Loss, Pesplanus, Ichthyosis, Cutaneous Nodules, and Keratoderma

Nishtha Pandey, Dennis F. Xavier, Arunima Chatterjee, Ram Shankar Mani, Ravi Hiremagalore, Ajith Tharakan, B. Rajashekhar, Anuranjan Anand

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Mutations in the gap-junction gene Cx30 (Connexin30, GJB6) are a known cause of hearing loss. Here, we report our findings on a large multigeneration family in which severe to profound sensorineural hearing impairment is associated with a variety of skin-related anomalies. Genome-wide analysis of the family showed that the locus maps to chromosome region 13ptel-q12.1 and that a novel mutation, p.N54K, in Cx30, cosegregates with the phenotype. Unlike wild-type Cx30, p.N54K Cx30 is predominantly localized in the cytoplasm and does not permit transfer of neurobiotin, suggesting improper cellular localization and abolishment of gap-junction activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Human Genetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016



  • Connexin30
  • Cutaneous nodules
  • Gap junction
  • Ichthyosis
  • Neurobiotin
  • Palmoplantar keratoderma
  • Sensorineural hearing loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics

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