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In genetics, a missense mutation (a type of nonsynonymous mutation) is a point mutation in which a single nucleotide change results in a codon that codes for a different amino acid. Missense mutations can render the resulting protein nonfunctional, and such mutations are responsible for diseases such as Epidermolysis bullosa, sickle-cell disease, and SOD1 mediated ALS (Boillée 2006, p. 39). A special type of missense mutation that results in truncation of code is the nonsense mutation in which a codon is changed to a stop codon.
The most common variant of sickle-cell disease, the 20th nucleotide of the gene for the beta chain of hemoglobin is altered from the codon GAG to GUG. Thus, the 6th amino acid glutamic acid is substituted for valine — notated as an "E6V" mutation — and the protein is sufficiently altered to cause the sickle-cell disease.
Not all missense mutations lead to appreciable protein changes. An amino acid may be replaced by an amino acid of very similar chemical properties, in which case, the protein may still function normally; this is termed a neutral, "quiet", "silent" or conservative mutation. Alternatively, the amino acid substitution could occur in a region of the protein which does not significantly affect the protein secondary structure or function. When an amino acid may be encoded by more than one codon (so-called "degenerate coding") a mutation in a codon may not produce any change in translation; this would be a synonymous mutation (a form of silent mutation) and not a missense mutation.
DNA: 5' - ATG ACT CAC CAC GCG CGA AGC TGA - 3' 3' - TAC TGA GTG GTG CGC GCT TCG ACT - 5' mRNA: 5' - AUG ACU CAC CAC GCG CGA AGC UGA - 3' Protein: Met Thr His His Ala Arg Ser Stop
Suppose that a missense mutation was introduced at the fourth triplet in the DNA sequence (CAC) causing the adenine to be replaced with cytosine, yielding CCC in the DNA sequence. The resulting transcript and protein product would be:
DNA: 5' - ATG ACT CAC CCC GCG CGA AGC TGA - 3' 3' - TAC TGA GTG GGG CGC GCT TCG ACT - 5' mRNA: 5' - AUG ACU CAC CCC GCG CGA AGC UGA - 3' Protein: Met Thr His Pro Ala Arg Ser Stop
Cancer associated missense mutations can lead to drastic destabilisation of the resulting protein. A novel method to screen for such changes was proposed recently, namely Fast parallel proteolysis (FASTpp).
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