Relationship between fibrillin-1 genotype and severity of cardiovascular involvement in Marfan syndrome

Romy Franken, Gisela Teixido-Tura, Maria Brion, Alberto Forteza, Jose Rodriguez-Palomares, Laura Gutierrez, David Garcia Dorado, Gerard Pals, Barbara Jm Mulder, Artur Evangelista

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Background The effect of FBN1 mutation type on the severity of cardiovascular manifestations in patients with Marfan syndrome (MFS) has been reported with disparity results. Objectives This study aims to determine the impact of the FBN1 mutation type on aortic diameters, aortic dilation rates and on cardiovascular events (ie, aortic dissection and cardiovascular mortality). Methods MFS patients with a pathogenic FBN1 mutation followed at two specialised units were included. FBN1 mutations were classified as being dominant negative (DN; incorporation of non-mutated and mutated fibrillin-1 in the extracellular matrix) or having haploinsufficiency (HI; only incorporation of non-mutated fibrillin-1, thus a decreased amount of fibrillin-1 protein). Aortic diameters and the aortic dilation rate at the level of the aortic root, ascending aorta, arch, descending thoracic aorta and abdominal aorta by echocardiography and clinical endpoints comprising dissection and death were compared between HI and DN patients. Results Two hundred and ninety patients with MFS were included: 113 (39%) with an HI-FBN1 mutation and 177 (61%) with a DN-FBN1. At baseline, patients with HI-FBN1 had a larger aortic root diameter than patients with DN-FBN1 (HI: 39.3 +/- 7.2 mm vs DN: 37.3 +/- 6.8 mm, p=0.022), with no differences in age or body surface area. After a mean follow-up of 4.9 +/- 2.0 years, aortic root and ascending dilation rates were increased in patients with HI-FBN1 (HI: 0.57 +/- 0.8 vs DN: 0.28 +/- 0.5 mm/year, p=0.004 and HI: 0.59 +/- 0.9 vs DN: 0.30 +/- 0.7 mm/year, p=0.032, respectively). Furthermore, patients with HI-FBN1 tended to be at increased risk for the combined endpoint of dissection and death compared with patients with DN-FBN1 (HR: 3.3, 95% CI 1.0 to 11.4, p=0.060). Conclusions Patients with an HI mutation had a more severely affected aortic phenotype, with larger aortic root diameters and a more rapid dilation rate, and tended to have an increased risk of death and dissections compared with patients with a DN mutation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1795-1799
Number of pages5
JournalHeart (British Cardiac Society)
Issue number22
Early online date2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • FBN1
  • Marfan syndrome
  • aortic dilation
  • aortic dissection
  • haploinsufficiency

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