A rare frameshift variant in trans with the IVS9-5T allele of CFTR in a Chinese pedigree with congenital aplasia of vas deferens

  • Bin Ge
  • Mingzhe Zhang
  • Ruyi Wang
  • Dejing Wang
  • Tengyan Li
  • Hongjun LiEmail author
  • Binbin WangEmail author



Congenital aplasia of vas deferens (CAVD) is an atypical form of cystic fibrosis (CF) and causes obstructive azoospermia and male infertility. Compound heterozygous variants of CFTR are the main cause of CAVD. However, most evidence comes from genetic screening of sporadic cases and little is from pedigree analysis. In this study, we performed analysis in a Chinese pedigree with two CAVD patients in order to determine the genetic cause of this familial disorder.


In the present study, we performed whole-exome sequencing and co-segregation analysis in a Chinese pedigree involving two patients diagnosed with CAVD.


We identified a rare frameshift variant (NM_000492.3: c.50dupT;p.S18Qfs*27) and a frequent CBAVD-causing variant (IVS9-TG13-5T) in both patients. The frameshift variant introduced a premature termination codon and was not found in any public databases or reported in the literature. Co-segregation analysis confirmed these two variants were in compound heterozygous state. The other male members, who harbored the frameshift variant and benign IVS9-7T allele, did not have any typical clinical manifestations of CF or CAVD.


Our findings may broaden the mutation spectrum of CFTR in CAVD patients and provide more familial evidence that the combination of a mild variant and a severe variant in trans of CFTR can cause vas deferens malformation.


CFTR CBAVD Compound heterozygous Chinese pedigree 


Funding information

This work was supported by funds from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant numbers 81671448 and 81871152).

Compliance with ethical standards

Written informed consent was obtained from all participants. This research was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi Medical University.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Reproductive Medicine Centerthe Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi Medical UniversityZunyiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Center for GeneticsNational Research Institute for Family PlanningBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Urology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Peking Union Medical CollegeChinese Academy of Medical SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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