DBT gene

dihydrolipoamide branched chain transacylase E2

The DBT gene provides instructions for making part of a group of enzymes called the branched-chain alpha-keto acid dehydrogenase (BCKD) enzyme complex. Specifically, the protein produced from the DBT gene forms a critical piece of the enzyme complex called the E2 component.

The BCKD enzyme complex is responsible for one step in the normal breakdown of three protein building blocks (amino acids). These amino acids—leucine, isoleucine, and valine—are obtained from the diet. They are present in many kinds of food, particularly protein-rich foods such as milk, meat, and eggs. The BCKD enzyme complex is active in mitochondria, which are specialized structures inside cells that serve as energy-producing centers. The breakdown of leucine, isoleucine, and valine produces molecules that can be used for energy.

More than 70 mutations in the DBT gene have been identified in people with maple syrup urine disease, most often in individuals with mild variants of the disorder. These variant forms become apparent later in infancy or childhood, and they lead to delayed development and other health problems if not treated.

Mutations in the DBT gene include changes in single DNA building blocks (base pairs) and insertions or deletions of a small amount of DNA in the DBT gene. These changes disrupt the normal function of the E2 component, preventing the BCKD enzyme complex from effectively breaking down leucine, isoleucine, and valine. As a result, these amino acids and their byproducts build up in the body. This accumulation is toxic to cells and tissues, particularly in the nervous system. The buildup of these substances can lead to developmental delay and the other health problems associated with maple syrup urine disease.

Cytogenetic Location: 1p21.2, which is the short (p) arm of chromosome 1 at position 21.2

Molecular Location: base pairs 100,186,922 to 100,249,864 on chromosome 1 (Homo sapiens Annotation Release 108, GRCh38.p7) (NCBI)

Cytogenetic Location: 1p21.2, which is the short (p) arm of chromosome 1 at position 21.2
  • BCATE2
  • dihydrolipoamide branched chain transacylase (E2 component of branched chain keto acid dehydrogenase complex; maple syrup urine disease)
  • E2 component of branched chain keto acid dehydrogenase complex
  • MSUD2