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First report of MEFV duplication in FMF patient


Familial mediterranean fever (FMF) is a rare monogenic disease and the prototype of autoinflammatory disorders. It is caused by mutations in the MEFV gene and is autosomal recessively inherited. Most mutations are missense substitutions, small deletions are quite rare, and only three nonsense mutation has been described ( Large rearrangements have been searched for in the frame of a collaborative project including 216 patients but were not identified.


We report here the first case of MEFV duplication in a FMF patient.

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The proband is a 21 years-old woman who presented with classical FMF phenotype: recurrent fever, arthralgia, and abdominal pain with vomiting. Attacks lasted three days and biological inflammation was documented with elevated C-reactive protein. Her father is Armenian and her mother Malagasy, and both are asymptomatic. We performed Sanger analysis (ABI3130x, Life Technologies) of the MEFV gene, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) (LighCycler, Roche) and deep-sequencing (Nextera Rapid Capture, Illumina) (MiSeq, Illumina). Microsatellite analysis (ABI3130x, Life Technologies) was also performed.


We identified a well-known severe mutation: p.Met694Val, and a controversial variant: p.Glu148Gln. Parental testing confirmed that the variants were non-allelic. Sanger sequencing displayed unbalanced ratio of the mutated and wild type alleles. Mosaicism was excluded because all polymorphisms were found at the same 1:2 ratio. DNA contamination was ruled out through microsatellite analysis. We thus suspected a gene micro-rearrangement. qPCR and deep-sequencing revealed a heterozygous duplication of the entire wild MEFV gene. The two surrounding genes (NAA60 and OR1F1) were not duplicated demonstrating that this rearrangement was confined to the MEFV region. qPCR analysis showed that the duplication was inherited from the mother.


We report here the first FMF patient with 1/3 dose of p.Met694Val. Interestingly, the patient's phenotype seemed not to be impacted by the “dilution” of the pathological variants.

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Sarrabay, G., Méchin, D., Dumont, B. et al. First report of MEFV duplication in FMF patient. Pediatr Rheumatol 13 (Suppl 1), O15 (2015).

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