Clinical significance of E148Q heterozygous variant in paediatric familial Mediterranean fever

Irit Tirosh*, Yonatan Yacobi, Asaf Vivante, Ortal Barel, Yishay Ben-Moshe, Ortal Erez Granat, Shiri Spielman, Rotem Semo Oz, Yael Shinar, Maya Gerstein

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Objectives. FMF results from mutations in the Mediterranean fever (MEFV) gene. The p. E148Q protein alternation is one of the most frequent in the MEFV gene, yet the exact E148Q genotype-phenotype correlation remains unclear. The aim of this study was to examine clinical significance of heterozygous E148Q variant in a paediatric FMF cohort. Methods. We compared the clinical manifestations and disease severity score of four genetic subgroups: (group 1) patients harbouring a single heterozygous p. E148Q variant (n=6); (group 2) patients harbouring a single p. M694V heterozygous variant (n=88); (group 3) patients harbouring compound heterozygous p. M694V and p. E148Q variants (n=36); and (group 4) homozygotes for p. M694V variant (n=160). Results. Of 646 FMF children from our centre, only 1% (six patients) of our genetically characterized FMF cohort had a single E148Q variant, most presenting with recurrent fevers and abdominal pain. None of the participants was found to harbour homozygous E148Q. Overall, M694V/E148Q compound heterozygosity did not exhibit a more severe phenotype compared with patients with a single M694V variant. The former group were less likely to have abdominal pain and exertional leg pain (P<0.004 and P<0.001, respectively) and more likely to have chest pain (P<0.01). Both subgroups showed milder clinical phenotype compared with patients with M694V homozygosity. Conclusion. Our findings demonstrate that a single heterozygous E148Q variant is unlikely to cause FMF in children and that E148Q/M694V is clinically indistinguishable from a single M694V variant. Thus, E148Q heterozygosity does not result in clinically meaningful phenotype in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5447-5451
Number of pages5
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • E148Q
  • FMF
  • children


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