Constitutional delay of growth and puberty is not commonly associated with mutations in the acid labile subunit gene

I Banerjee, D Hanson, R Perveen, A Whatmore, G C Black, P E Clayton

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Objectives: Constitutional delay of growth and puberty (CDGP) is a common clinical condition that may be inherited as an autosomal dominant, recessive or X-linked trait. However, single-gene defects underlying CDGP have not yet been identified. A small number of children (to date 10) with modest growth failure and in the majority delayed puberty, a phenotype similar to that of CDGP, have been reported to carry mutations in the IGF acid labile subunit (IGFALS) gene which encodes the ALS, a part of the ternary complex carrying IGF-I in the circulation. The aim of our study was to screen a well- characterised CDGP cohort exhibiting a range of growth retardation and pubertal delay for pathogenic sequence variants in IGFALS. Design and methods: We used denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (dHPLC) to screen for IGFALS mutations in DNA samples from 90 children (80 males) with CDGP of predominantly White European origin. DNA fragments generating abnormal waveforms were directly sequenced. Results: No IGFALS mutation was identified in the coding sequences or exon-intron boundaries in our CDGP cohort. One abnormal waveform pattern in dHPLC in 15 children with CDGP was found to represent a recognised synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphism of the coding transcript in the second exon in residue 210 of IGFALS. Conclusions: IGFALS sequence variants are unlikely to be a common association with pubertal delay in children with CDGP. © 2008 Society of the European Journal of Endocrinology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-477
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Endocrinology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


  • Adolescent
  • genetics: Carrier Proteins
  • Child
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Female
  • Gene Frequency
  • genetics: Glycoproteins
  • complications: Growth Disorders
  • Humans
  • Linkage (Genetics)
  • Male
  • Mutation
  • Phenotype
  • complications: Puberty, Delayed
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


Dive into the research topics of 'Constitutional delay of growth and puberty is not commonly associated with mutations in the acid labile subunit gene'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this