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New Mutations in DNHD1 Cause Multiple Morphological Abnormalities of the Sperm Flagella

Zeina Wehbe
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Angèle Boursier
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Nicolas Thierry-Mieg


Male infertility is a common and complex disease and presents as a wide range of heterogeneous phenotypes. Multiple morphological abnormalities of the sperm flagellum (MMAF) phenotype is a peculiar condition of extreme morphological sperm defects characterized by a mosaic of sperm flagellum defects to a total asthenozoospermia. At this time, about 40 genes were associated with the MMAF phenotype. However, mutation prevalence for most genes remains individually low and about half of individuals remain without diagnosis, encouraging us to pursue the effort to identify new mutations and genes. In the present study, an a cohort of 167 MMAF patients was analyzed using whole-exome sequencing, and we identified three unrelated patients with new pathogenic mutations in DNHD1, a new gene recently associated with MMAF. Immunofluorescence experiments showed that DNHD1 was totally absent from sperm cells from DNHD1 patients, supporting the deleterious effect of the identified mutations. Transmission electron microscopy reveals severe flagellum abnormalities of sperm cells from one mutated patient, which appeared completely disorganized with the absence of the central pair and midpiece defects with a shortened and misshapen mitochondrial sheath. Immunostaining of IFT20 was not altered in mutated patients, suggesting that IFT may be not affected by DNHD1 mutations. Our data confirmed the importance of DNHD1 for the function and structural integrity of the sperm flagellum. Overall, this study definitively consolidated its involvement in MMAF phenotype on a second independent cohort and enriched the mutational spectrum of the DNHD1 gene.
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hal-04011973 , version 1 (02-03-2023)




Guillaume Martinez, Anne-Laure Barbotin, Caroline Cazin, Zeina Wehbe, Angèle Boursier, et al.. New Mutations in DNHD1 Cause Multiple Morphological Abnormalities of the Sperm Flagella. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2023, 24 (3), pp.2559. ⟨10.3390/ijms24032559⟩. ⟨hal-04011973⟩
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