EPHA2 gene


Gene (OMIM No.)
Function of gene/protein
  • Protein: Ephrin A2 receptor (EphA2)
  • Functions as a tyrosine kinase receptor for ephrin A ligands, facilitating signaling between neighboring cells
  • When interacting with its ligand ephrin-A5, it regulates lens fiber cell shape in the developing lens
  • Also key in regulating lens transparency
Clinical phenotype
(OMIM phenotype no.)
  • Cataract 6, multiple types (#116600)
  • Autosomal dominant
Ocular features
  • Congenital cataract (posterior polar, posterior subcapsular, persistent foetal vasculature)
  • Age-related cortical cataract
  • Microcornea
  • Phacodenesis
Systemic features
  • Neurodevelopmental delay
  • Mild dysmorphic features
Key investigations
  • B-scan USS to measure axial length to document microphthalmia and detect any posterior segment abnormalities
  • Electrophysiology
  • TORCH screen
  • Systemic assessment with a paediatrician may be required
Molecular diagnosisNext generation sequencing
  • Targeted gene panels (cataract)
  • Whole exome sequencing
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • Multidisciplinary approach
Therapies under research
  • None at present
Further information

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  3.  Jun G, Guo H, Klein BE, et al. EPHA2 is associated with age-related cortical cataract in mice and humans. PLoS Genet. 2009;5(7):e1000584
  4.  McKay JD, Patterson B, Craig JE, et al. The telomere of human chromosome 1p contains at least two independent autosomal dominant congenital cataract genes. Br J Ophthalmol. 2005;89(7):831‐834
  5.  Shiels A, Bennett TM, Knopf HL, et al. The EPHA2 gene is associated with cataracts linked to chromosome 1p. Mol Vis. 2008;14:2042‐2055
  6.  Zhang T, Hua R, Xiao W, et al. Mutations of the EPHA2 receptor tyrosine kinase gene cause autosomal dominant congenital cataract. Hum Mutat. 2009;30(5):E603‐E611

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Updated on November 30, 2020
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