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Abstract We report the molecular analysis of the β subunit of the rod phosphodiesterase (PDEB) gene in a consanguineous autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa family that shows homozygosity for polymorphisms in the genomic region comprising this gene, and positive linkage between a PDEB marker and the diesease. The two affected sisters are homozygous for a T to G transversion in codon 699 of the PDEB gene, leading to the substitution of a leucine by an arginine residue. This change, enclosed in the catalytic domain of the PDEB, could result in a modification of the protein structure preventing the physiological hydrolysis of cGMP.
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