To assess the phenotype of patients with X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP) with RP2 mutations and to correlate the findings with their genotype.
Six hundred eleven patients with RP were screened for RP2 mutations. From this screen, 18 patients with RP2 mutations were evaluated clinically with standardized electroretinography, Goldmann visual fields, and ocular examinations. In addition, 7 well-documented cases from the literature were used to augment genotype-phenotype correlations.
Of 11 boys younger than 12 years, 10 (91%) had macular involvement and 9 (82%) had best-corrected visual acuity worse than 20/50. Two boys from different families (aged 8 and 12 years) displayed a choroideremia-like fundus, and 9 boys (82%) were myopic (mean error, −7.97 diopters [D]). Of 10 patients with electroretinography data, 9 demonstrated severe rod-cone dysfunction. All 3 female carriers had macular atrophy in 1 or both eyes and were myopic (mean, −6.23 D). All 9 nonsense and frameshift and 5 of 7 missense mutations (71%) resulted in severe clinical presentations.
Screening of the RP2 gene should be prioritized in patients younger than 16 years characterized by X-linked inheritance, decreased best-corrected visual acuity (eg, >20/40), high myopia, and early-onset macular atrophy. Patients exhibiting a choroideremia-like fundus without choroideremia gene mutations should also be screened for RP2 mutations.
An identifiable phenotype for RP2-XLRP aids in clinical diagnosis and targeted genetic screening.