Seven mutant forms of human phosphomannomutase 2 were produced in Escherichia coli and purified. These mutants had a V(max) of 0.2-50% of the wild enzyme and were unstable. The least active protein (R141H) bears a very frequent mutation, which has never been found in the homozygous state whereas the second least active protein (D188G) corresponds to a mutation associated with a particularly severe phenotype. We conclude that total lack of phosphomannomutase 2 is incompatible with life. Another conclusion is that the elevated residual phosphomannomutase activity found in fibroblasts of some patients is contributed by their mutated phosphomannomutase 2. Copyright (C) 1999 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
Pirard, M., Matthijs, G., Heykants, L., Schollen, E., Grünewald, S., Jaeken, J., & Van Schaftingen, E. (1999). Effect of mutations found in carbohydrate-deficient glycoprotein syndrome type IA on the activity of phosphomannomutase 2. FEBS Letters, 452(3), 319–322. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0014-5793(99)00673-0