DTNBP1 gene


Gene (OMIM No.)
Function of gene/protein
  • Protein: dystrobrevin binding protein 1
  • A component of the BLOC-1 (biogenesis of lysosomal organelles complex 1) protein complex which regulates the trafficking of proteins in the lysosomal pathway
  • BLOC-1 is required for normal biogenesis of lysosome-related organelles such as melanosomes and platelet dense granules
  • Facilitates the transport of the TYRP1 protein
  • BLOC-1 also plays a role in CNS development and actin cytoskeleton reorganization (from UniProt)
Clinical phenotype
(OMIM phenotype no.)
  • Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome 7 (#614076)
  • Autosomal recessive
Ocular features
Systemic features
  • Skin and hair depigmentation
  • Bleeding diathesis (easy/prolonged bleeding, easy bruising, prolonged/heavy menorrhagia, epistaxis)
  • May be associated with granulomatous colitis
  • Susceptibility to schizophrenia has been reported
Key investigations
  • Orthoptic assessment and refraction
  • OCT to detect foveal hypoplasia
  • Visual evoked potentials to detect evidence of chiasmal misrouting
  • Eye movement recordings
  • Systemic assessment with a pediatrician, haematologists and other relevant specialists
Molecular diagnosisNext generation sequencing
  • Targeted gene panels (albinism)
  • Whole exome sequencing
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • Multidisciplinary approach
Therapies under research
  • None in clinical trials at present
Further information

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Updated on November 30, 2020
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