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Eur J Hum Genet ; 2021 Jan 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33437032

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Witteveen-Kolk syndrome (OMIM 613406) is a recently defined neurodevelopmental syndrome caused by heterozygous loss-of-function variants in SIN3A. We define the clinical and neurodevelopmental phenotypes related to SIN3A-haploinsufficiency in 28 unreported patients. Patients with SIN3A variants adversely affecting protein function have mild intellectual disability, growth and feeding difficulties. Involvement of a multidisciplinary team including a geneticist, paediatrician and neurologist should be considered in managing these patients. Patients described here were identified through a combination of clinical evaluation and gene matching strategies (GeneMatcher and Decipher). All patients consented to participate in this study. Mean age of this cohort was 8.2 years (17 males, 11 females). Out of 16 patients ≥ 8 years old assessed, eight (50%) had mild intellectual disability (ID), four had moderate ID (22%), and one had severe ID (6%). Four (25%) did not have any cognitive impairment. Other neurological symptoms such as seizures (4/28) and hypotonia (12/28) were common. Behaviour problems were reported in a minority. In patients ≥2 years, three were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and four with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We report 27 novel variants and one previously reported variant. 24 were truncating variants; three were missense variants and one large in-frame gain including exons 10-12.

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Hum Genet ; 2021 Jan 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33417013

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The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is associated with a wide spectrum of cognitive and psychiatric symptoms. Despite the considerable work performed over the past 20 years, the genetic etiology of the neurodevelopmental phenotype remains speculative. Here, we report de novo heterozygous truncating variants in the HIRA (Histone cell cycle regulation defective, S. Cerevisiae, homolog of, A) gene associated with a neurodevelopmental disorder in two unrelated patients. HIRA is located within the commonly deleted region of the 22q11DS and encodes a histone chaperone that regulates neural progenitor proliferation and neurogenesis, and that belongs to the WD40 Repeat (WDR) protein family involved in brain development and neuronal connectivity. To address the specific impact of HIRA haploinsufficiency in the neurodevelopmental phenotype of 22q11DS, we combined Hira knock-down strategies in developing mouse primary hippocampal neurons, and the direct study of brains from heterozygous Hira+/- mice. Our in vitro analyses revealed that Hira gene is mostly expressed during neuritogenesis and early dendritogenesis stages in mouse total brain and in developing primary hippocampal neurons. Moreover, shRNA knock-down experiments showed that a twofold decrease of endogenous Hira expression level resulted in an impaired dendritic growth and branching in primary developing hippocampal neuronal cultures. In parallel, in vivo analyses demonstrated that Hira+/- mice displayed subtle neuroanatomical defects including a reduced size of the hippocampus, the fornix and the corpus callosum. Our results suggest that HIRA haploinsufficiency would likely contribute to the complex pathophysiology of the neurodevelopmental phenotype of 22q11DS by impairing key processes in neurogenesis and by causing neuroanatomical defects during cerebral development.

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Genet Med ; 2020 Oct 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33110267

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PURPOSE: Heterozygous pathogenic variants in various FOXP genes cause specific developmental disorders. The phenotype associated with heterozygous variants in FOXP4 has not been previously described. METHODS: We assembled a cohort of eight individuals with heterozygous and mostly de novo variants in FOXP4: seven individuals with six different missense variants and one individual with a frameshift variant. We collected clinical data to delineate the phenotypic spectrum, and used in silico analyses and functional cell-based assays to assess pathogenicity of the variants. RESULTS: We collected clinical data for six individuals: five individuals with a missense variant in the forkhead box DNA-binding domain of FOXP4, and one individual with a truncating variant. Overlapping features included speech and language delays, growth abnormalities, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, cervical spine abnormalities, and ptosis. Luciferase assays showed loss-of-function effects for all these variants, and aberrant subcellular localization patterns were seen in a subset. The remaining two missense variants were located outside the functional domains of FOXP4, and showed transcriptional repressor capacities and localization patterns similar to the wild-type protein. CONCLUSION: Collectively, our findings show that heterozygous loss-of-function variants in FOXP4 are associated with an autosomal dominant neurodevelopmental disorder with speech/language delays, growth defects, and variable congenital abnormalities.

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Am J Med Genet A ; 182(10): 2384-2390, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32783353

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Witteveen-Kolk syndrome (WITKOS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by developmental delay/intellectual disability, facial dysmorphisms, and short stature. The syndrome is caused by loss of function of switch-insensitive 3 transcription regulator family member A (SIN3A). Regarding behavioral functioning, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), obsessive-compulsive behaviors, as well as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms (ADHD) have been suggested. The present study explores various aspects of neurocognitive functioning in five individuals (age range 10-23) with WITKOS. Medical records and results of extensive neuropsychological assessment are used to describe developmental trajectories and neurocognitive profiles. Systematic analysis of medical records displays developmental difficulties described as ASD or ADHD in childhood, sleep problems and internalizing problems during adolescence. Results of cognitive assessments indicate profoundly disabled (n = 1), mildly disabled (n = 2), borderline (n = 1), and average (n = 1) levels of intelligence. Furthermore, results indicate weaknesses in speed of information processing/sustained attention in all participants, and difficulties in planning and maintaining overview in three participants. Furthermore, parent reports of behavioral functioning primarily suggest problems in social functioning. Implications of both cognitive problems and social-emotional vulnerabilities for counseling are discussed and supplemented with suggestions for interventions.

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Mol Psychiatry ; 2020 Apr 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32346159

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Defects in histone methyltransferases (HMTs) are major contributing factors in neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). Heterozygous variants of SETD1A involved in histone H3 lysine 4 (H3K4) methylation were previously identified in individuals with schizophrenia. Here, we define the clinical features of the Mendelian syndrome associated with haploinsufficiency of SETD1A by investigating 15 predominantly pediatric individuals who all have de novo SETD1A variants. These individuals present with a core set of symptoms comprising global developmental delay and/or intellectual disability, subtle facial dysmorphisms, behavioral and psychiatric problems. We examined cellular phenotypes in three patient-derived lymphoblastoid cell lines with three variants: p.Gly535Alafs*12, c.4582-2_4582delAG, and p.Tyr1499Asp. These patient cell lines displayed DNA damage repair defects that were comparable to previously observed RNAi-mediated depletion of SETD1A. This suggested that these variants, including the p.Tyr1499Asp in the catalytic SET domain, behave as loss-of-function (LoF) alleles. Previous studies demonstrated a role for SETD1A in cell cycle control and differentiation. However, individuals with SETD1A variants do not show major structural brain defects or severe microcephaly, suggesting that defective proliferation and differentiation of neural progenitors is unlikely the single underlying cause of the disorder. We show here that the Drosophila melanogaster SETD1A orthologue is required in postmitotic neurons of the fly brain for normal memory, suggesting a role in post development neuronal function. Together, this study defines a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by dominant de novo LoF variants in SETD1A and further supports a role for H3K4 methyltransferases in the regulation of neuronal processes underlying normal cognitive functioning.

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Hum Mutat ; 41(7): 1263-1279, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32196822

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Heterozygous de novo variants in the eukaryotic elongation factor EEF1A2 have previously been described in association with intellectual disability and epilepsy but never functionally validated. Here we report 14 new individuals with heterozygous EEF1A2 variants. We functionally validate multiple variants as protein-damaging using heterologous expression and complementation analysis. Our findings allow us to confirm multiple variants as pathogenic and broaden the phenotypic spectrum to include dystonia/choreoathetosis, and in some cases a degenerative course with cerebral and cerebellar atrophy. Pathogenic variants appear to act via a haploinsufficiency mechanism, disrupting both the protein synthesis and integrated stress response functions of EEF1A2. Our studies provide evidence that EEF1A2 is highly intolerant to variation and that de novo pathogenic variants lead to an epileptic-dyskinetic encephalopathy with both neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative features. Developmental features may be driven by impaired synaptic protein synthesis during early brain development while progressive symptoms may be linked to an impaired ability to handle cytotoxic stressors.

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Cell Rep ; 30(1): 173-186.e6, 2020 01 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31914384

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Pathogenic mutations in either one of the epigenetic modifiers EHMT1, MBD5, MLL3, or SMARCB1 have been identified to be causative for Kleefstra syndrome spectrum (KSS), a neurodevelopmental disorder with clinical features of both intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To understand how these variants lead to the phenotypic convergence in KSS, we employ a loss-of-function approach to assess neuronal network development at the molecular, single-cell, and network activity level. KSS-gene-deficient neuronal networks all develop into hyperactive networks with altered network organization and excitatory-inhibitory balance. Interestingly, even though transcriptional data reveal distinct regulatory mechanisms, KSS target genes share similar functions in regulating neuronal excitability and synaptic function, several of which are associated with ID and ASD. Our results show that KSS genes mainly converge at the level of neuronal network communication, providing insights into the pathophysiology of KSS and phenotypically congruent disorders.


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Transtorno Autístico/genética , Transtorno Autístico/patologia , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/patologia , Rede Nervosa/metabolismo , Animais , Deleção Cromossômica , Cromossomos Humanos Par 9/genética , Anormalidades Craniofaciais/genética , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Células HEK293 , Cardiopatias Congênitas/genética , Antígenos de Histocompatibilidade/metabolismo , Histona-Lisina N-Metiltransferase/deficiência , Histona-Lisina N-Metiltransferase/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Inibição Neural , Neurônios/metabolismo , Neurônios/patologia , Fenótipo , Ratos Wistar , Sinapses/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 4928, 2019 10 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31666522

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Kleefstra syndrome (KS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the histone methyltransferase EHMT1. To study the impact of decreased EHMT1 function in human cells, we generated excitatory cortical neurons from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells derived from KS patients. Neuronal networks of patient-derived cells exhibit network bursting with a reduced rate, longer duration, and increased temporal irregularity compared to control networks. We show that these changes are mediated by upregulation of NMDA receptor (NMDAR) subunit 1 correlating with reduced deposition of the repressive H3K9me2 mark, the catalytic product of EHMT1, at the GRIN1 promoter. In mice EHMT1 deficiency leads to similar neuronal network impairments with increased NMDAR function. Finally, we rescue the KS patient-derived neuronal network phenotypes by pharmacological inhibition of NMDARs. Summarized, we demonstrate a direct link between EHMT1 deficiency and NMDAR hyperfunction in human neurons, providing a potential basis for more targeted therapeutic approaches for KS.


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Anormalidades Craniofaciais/genética , Cardiopatias Congênitas/genética , Histona-Lisina N-Metiltransferase/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Neurônios/metabolismo , Receptores de N-Metil-D-Aspartato/genética , Animais , Córtex Cerebral/citologia , Deleção Cromossômica , Cromossomos Humanos Par 9/genética , Cromossomos Humanos Par 9/metabolismo , Anormalidades Craniofaciais/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Maleato de Dizocilpina/farmacologia , Antagonistas de Aminoácidos Excitatórios/farmacologia , Feminino , Cardiopatias Congênitas/metabolismo , Histona-Lisina N-Metiltransferase/metabolismo , Humanos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes Induzidas , Deficiência Intelectual/metabolismo , Mutação com Perda de Função , Masculino , Camundongos , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Neurônios/efeitos dos fármacos , Cultura Primária de Células , Receptores de AMPA/metabolismo , Receptores de N-Metil-D-Aspartato/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptores de N-Metil-D-Aspartato/metabolismo , Regulação para Cima
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 4679, 2019 10 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31616000

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Postsynaptic density (PSD) proteins have been implicated in the pathophysiology of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. Here, we present detailed clinical and genetic data for 20 patients with likely gene-disrupting mutations in TANC2-whose protein product interacts with multiple PSD proteins. Pediatric patients with disruptive mutations present with autism, intellectual disability, and delayed language and motor development. In addition to a variable degree of epilepsy and facial dysmorphism, we observe a pattern of more complex psychiatric dysfunction or behavioral problems in adult probands or carrier parents. Although this observation requires replication to establish statistical significance, it also suggests that mutations in this gene are associated with a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders consistent with its postsynaptic function. We find that TANC2 is expressed broadly in the human developing brain, especially in excitatory neurons and glial cells, but shows a more restricted pattern in Drosophila glial cells where its disruption affects behavioral outcomes.


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Transtornos Mentais/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Proteínas/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Animais , Transtorno Autístico/genética , Transtorno Autístico/psicologia , Comportamento Animal , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Anormalidades Craniofaciais/genética , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/genética , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/psicologia , Proteínas de Drosophila/genética , Proteínas de Drosophila/metabolismo , Drosophila melanogaster , Epilepsia/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/psicologia , Transtornos do Desenvolvimento da Linguagem/genética , Transtornos do Desenvolvimento da Linguagem/psicologia , Masculino , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Transtornos Mentais/psicologia , Proteínas Musculares/genética , Proteínas Musculares/metabolismo , Mutação , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/psicologia , Neuroglia/metabolismo , Neurônios/metabolismo , Proteínas/metabolismo , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma , Adulto Jovem
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Front Genet ; 10: 611, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31417602

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The clinical utility of computational phenotyping for both genetic and rare diseases is increasingly appreciated; however, its true potential is yet to be fully realized. Alongside the growing clinical and research availability of sequencing technologies, precise deep and scalable phenotyping is required to serve unmet need in genetic and rare diseases. To improve the lives of individuals affected with rare diseases through deep phenotyping, global big data interrogation is necessary to aid our understanding of disease biology, assist diagnosis, and develop targeted treatment strategies. This includes the application of cutting-edge machine learning methods to image data. As with most digital tools employed in health care, there are ethical and data governance challenges associated with using identifiable personal image data. There are also risks with failing to deliver on the patient benefits of these new technologies, the biggest of which is posed by data siloing. The Minerva Initiative has been designed to enable the public good of deep phenotyping while mitigating these ethical risks. Its open structure, enabling collaboration and data sharing between individuals, clinicians, researchers and private enterprise, is key for delivering precision public health.

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Am J Hum Genet ; 105(2): 395-402, 2019 08 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31353022

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The glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor links over 150 proteins to the cell surface and is present on every cell type. Many of these proteins play crucial roles in neuronal development and function. Mutations in 18 of the 29 genes implicated in the biosynthesis of the GPI anchor have been identified as the cause of GPI biosynthesis deficiencies (GPIBDs) in humans. GPIBDs are associated with intellectual disability and seizures as their cardinal features. An essential component of the GPI transamidase complex is PIGU, along with PIGK, PIGS, PIGT, and GPAA1, all of which link GPI-anchored proteins (GPI-APs) onto the GPI anchor in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Here, we report two homozygous missense mutations (c.209T>A [p.Ile70Lys] and c.1149C>A [p.Asn383Lys]) in five individuals from three unrelated families. All individuals presented with global developmental delay, severe-to-profound intellectual disability, muscular hypotonia, seizures, brain anomalies, scoliosis, and mild facial dysmorphism. Using multicolor flow cytometry, we determined a characteristic profile for GPI transamidase deficiency. On granulocytes this profile consisted of reduced cell-surface expression of fluorescein-labeled proaerolysin (FLAER), CD16, and CD24, but not of CD55 and CD59; additionally, B cells showed an increased expression of free GPI anchors determined by T5 antibody. Moreover, computer-assisted facial analysis of different GPIBDs revealed a characteristic facial gestalt shared among individuals with mutations in PIGU and GPAA1. Our findings improve our understanding of the role of the GPI transamidase complex in the development of nervous and skeletal systems and expand the clinical spectrum of disorders belonging to the group of inherited GPI-anchor deficiencies.


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Aciltransferases/genética , Encefalopatias/etiologia , Epilepsia/etiologia , Glicosilfosfatidilinositóis/biossíntese , Glicosilfosfatidilinositóis/deficiência , Deficiência Intelectual/etiologia , Mutação , Convulsões/patologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Encefalopatias/patologia , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Epilepsia/patologia , Feminino , Glicosilfosfatidilinositóis/genética , Humanos , Lactente , Recém-Nascido , Deficiência Intelectual/patologia , Masculino , Linhagem , Convulsões/genética , Homologia de Sequência , Adulto Jovem
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Mol Genet Genomic Med ; 7(8): e849, 2019 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31290275

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BACKGROUND: The minimal critical region in 2q23.1 deletion syndrome comprises one gene only, that is, the methyl-CpG-binding domain protein 5 (MBD5) gene. Since the phenotypes of patients with deletions, duplications or pathogenic variants of MBD5 show considerable overlap, the term MBD5-associated neurodevelopmental disorder (MAND) was proposed. These syndromes are characterized by intellectual disability, seizures of any kind and symptoms from the autism spectrum. In a very limited number of patients, MAND may be associated with regression starting either at early infancy or at midlife. METHODS: The present paper describes a severely intellectually disabled autistic female with therapy resistant complex partial epilepsy starting at her 16the with gradual cognitive and behavioral regression towards her sixth decade. RESULTS: Cognitive and behavioral regression occurred towards the patient's sixth decade. Exome sequencing disclosed a novel heterozygous pathogenic frameshift mutation of MBD5 that was considered to be causative for the combination of intellectual disability, treatment-resistant epilepsy and autism. CONCLUSION: The presented patient is the second with a pathogenic MBD5 mutation in whom the course of disease is suggestive of early onset dementia starting in her fifth decade. These findings stress the importance of exome sequencing, also in elderly intellectually disabled patients, particularly in those with autism.

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Am J Hum Genet ; 105(2): 403-412, 2019 08 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31303265

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POU3F3, also referred to as Brain-1, is a well-known transcription factor involved in the development of the central nervous system, but it has not previously been associated with a neurodevelopmental disorder. Here, we report the identification of 19 individuals with heterozygous POU3F3 disruptions, most of which are de novo variants. All individuals had developmental delays and/or intellectual disability and impairments in speech and language skills. Thirteen individuals had characteristic low-set, prominent, and/or cupped ears. Brain abnormalities were observed in seven of eleven MRI reports. POU3F3 is an intronless gene, insensitive to nonsense-mediated decay, and 13 individuals carried protein-truncating variants. All truncating variants that we tested in cellular models led to aberrant subcellular localization of the encoded protein. Luciferase assays demonstrated negative effects of these alleles on transcriptional activation of a reporter with a FOXP2-derived binding motif. In addition to the loss-of-function variants, five individuals had missense variants that clustered at specific positions within the functional domains, and one small in-frame deletion was identified. Two missense variants showed reduced transactivation capacity in our assays, whereas one variant displayed gain-of-function effects, suggesting a distinct pathophysiological mechanism. In bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) interaction assays, all the truncated POU3F3 versions that we tested had significantly impaired dimerization capacities, whereas all missense variants showed unaffected dimerization with wild-type POU3F3. Taken together, our identification and functional cell-based analyses of pathogenic variants in POU3F3, coupled with a clinical characterization, implicate disruptions of this gene in a characteristic neurodevelopmental disorder.


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Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Mutação , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/etiologia , Fatores do Domínio POU/genética , Ativação Transcricional , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Criança , Feminino , Estudos de Associação Genética , Genótipo , Humanos , Masculino , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/patologia , Fatores do Domínio POU/química , Conformação Proteica , Homologia de Sequência
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Am J Hum Genet ; 104(5): 914-924, 2019 05 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30982611

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Glypicans are a family of cell-surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans that regulate growth-factor signaling during development and are thought to play a role in the regulation of morphogenesis. Whole-exome sequencing of the Australian family that defined Keipert syndrome (nasodigitoacoustic syndrome) identified a hemizygous truncating variant in the gene encoding glypican 4 (GPC4). This variant, located in the final exon of GPC4, results in premature termination of the protein 51 amino acid residues prior to the stop codon, and in concomitant loss of functionally important N-linked glycosylation (Asn514) and glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor (Ser529) sites. We subsequently identified seven affected males from five additional kindreds with novel and predicted pathogenic variants in GPC4. Segregation analysis and X-inactivation studies in carrier females provided supportive evidence that the GPC4 variants caused the condition. Furthermore, functional studies of recombinant protein suggested that the truncated proteins p.Gln506∗ and p.Glu496∗ were less stable than the wild type. Clinical features of Keipert syndrome included a prominent forehead, a flat midface, hypertelorism, a broad nose, downturned corners of mouth, and digital abnormalities, whereas cognitive impairment and deafness were variable features. Studies of Gpc4 knockout mice showed evidence of the two primary features of Keipert syndrome: craniofacial abnormalities and digital abnormalities. Phylogenetic analysis demonstrated that GPC4 is most closely related to GPC6, which is associated with a bone dysplasia that has a phenotypic overlap with Keipert syndrome. Overall, we have shown that pathogenic variants in GPC4 cause a loss of function that results in Keipert syndrome, making GPC4 the third human glypican to be linked to a genetic syndrome.


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Surdez/congênito , Doenças Genéticas Ligadas ao Cromossomo X/genética , Doenças Genéticas Ligadas ao Cromossomo X/patologia , Variação Genética , Glipicanas/genética , Deformidades Congênitas das Extremidades Inferiores/genética , Deformidades Congênitas das Extremidades Inferiores/patologia , Adulto , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Surdez/genética , Surdez/patologia , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Linhagem , Fenótipo , Adulto Jovem
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Am J Hum Genet ; 104(4): 758-766, 2019 04 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30929739

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By using exome sequencing and a gene matching approach, we identified de novo and inherited pathogenic variants in KDM3B in 14 unrelated individuals and three affected parents with varying degrees of intellectual disability (ID) or developmental delay (DD) and short stature. The individuals share additional phenotypic features that include feeding difficulties in infancy, joint hypermobility, and characteristic facial features such as a wide mouth, a pointed chin, long ears, and a low columella. Notably, two individuals developed cancer, acute myeloid leukemia and Hodgkin lymphoma, in childhood. KDM3B encodes for a histone demethylase and is involved in H3K9 demethylation, a crucial part of chromatin modification required for transcriptional regulation. We identified missense and truncating variants, suggesting that KDM3B haploinsufficiency is the underlying mechanism for this syndrome. By using a hybrid facial-recognition model, we show that individuals with a pathogenic variant in KDM3B have a facial gestalt, and that they show significant facial similarity compared to control individuals with ID. In conclusion, pathogenic variants in KDM3B cause a syndrome characterized by ID, short stature, and facial dysmorphism.


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Anormalidades Craniofaciais/genética , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/genética , Nanismo/genética , Variação Genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Histona Desmetilases com o Domínio Jumonji/genética , Anormalidades Musculoesqueléticas/genética , Estatura , Criança , Exoma , Face , Feminino , Estudos de Associação Genética , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa , Haploinsuficiência , Histonas/química , Humanos , Masculino , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto , Fenótipo
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PLoS Biol ; 17(3): e2006146, 2019 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30860988

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Stress responses are crucial processes that require activation of genetic programs that protect from the stressor. Stress responses are also energy consuming and can thus be deleterious to the organism. The mechanisms coordinating energy consumption during stress response in multicellular organisms are not well understood. Here, we show that loss of the epigenetic regulator G9a in Drosophila causes a shift in the transcriptional and metabolic responses to oxidative stress (OS) that leads to decreased survival time upon feeding the xenobiotic paraquat. During OS exposure, G9a mutants show overactivation of stress response genes, rapid depletion of glycogen, and inability to access lipid energy stores. The OS survival deficiency of G9a mutants can be rescued by a high-sugar diet. Control flies also show improved OS survival when fed a high-sugar diet, suggesting that energy availability is generally a limiting factor for OS tolerance. Directly limiting access to glycogen stores by knocking down glycogen phosphorylase recapitulates the OS-induced survival defects of G9a mutants. We propose that G9a mutants are sensitive to stress because they experience a net reduction in available energy due to (1) rapid glycogen use, (2) an inability to access lipid energy stores, and (3) an overinduced transcriptional response to stress that further exacerbates energy demands. This suggests that G9a acts as a critical regulatory hub between the transcriptional and metabolic responses to OS. Our findings, together with recent studies that established a role for G9a in hypoxia resistance in cancer cell lines, suggest that G9a is of wide importance in controlling the cellular and organismal response to multiple types of stress.


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Histona Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Animais , Antioxidantes/metabolismo , Metabolismo Energético/genética , Metabolismo Energético/fisiologia , Epigênese Genética/genética , Glicogênio Fosforilase/genética , Glicogênio Fosforilase/metabolismo , Histona Metiltransferases/genética , Histona-Lisina N-Metiltransferase/genética , Histona-Lisina N-Metiltransferase/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Estresse Oxidativo/genética , Estresse Oxidativo/fisiologia , Filogenia , Análise de Sequência de RNA
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Genes Brain Behav ; 18(4): e12553, 2019 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30786142

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KBG syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder, caused by dominant mutations in ANKRD11, that is characterized by developmental delay/intellectual disability, mild craniofacial dysmorphisms, and short stature. Behavior and cognition have hardly been studied, but anecdotal evidence suggests higher frequencies of ADHD-symptoms and social-emotional impairments. In this study, the behavioral and cognitive profile of KBG syndrome will be investigated in order to examine if and how cognitive deficits contribute to behavioral difficulties. A total of 18 patients with KBG syndrome and a control group consisting of 17 patients with other genetic disorders with comparable intelligence levels, completed neuropsychological assessment. Age-appropriate tasks were selected, covering overall intelligence, attention, memory, executive functioning, social cognition and visuoconstruction. Results were compared using Cohen's d effect sizes. As to behavior, fewer difficulties in social functioning and slightly more attentional problems, hyperactivity, oppositional defiant behavior and conduct problems were found in the KBG syndrome group. Regarding cognitive functioning, inspection of the observed differences shows that patients with KBG syndrome showed lower scores on sustained attention, cognitive flexibility, and visuoconstruction. In contrast, the KBG syndrome group demonstrated higher scores on visual memory, social cognition and emotion recognition. The cognitive profile of KBG syndrome in this sample indicates problems in attention and executive functioning that may underlie the behavior profile which primarily comprises impulsive behavior. Contrary to expectations based on previous (case) reports, no deficits were found in social cognitive functioning. These findings are important for counseling purposes, for tailored education planning, and for the development of personalized intervention.


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Anormalidades Múltiplas/fisiopatologia , Doenças do Desenvolvimento Ósseo/fisiopatologia , Cognição , Deficiência Intelectual/fisiopatologia , Fenótipo , Anormalidades Dentárias/fisiopatologia , Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Anormalidades Múltiplas/psicologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Atenção , Doenças do Desenvolvimento Ósseo/genética , Doenças do Desenvolvimento Ósseo/psicologia , Criança , Função Executiva , Facies , Feminino , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/psicologia , Inteligência , Masculino , Memória , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Comportamento Social , Anormalidades Dentárias/genética , Anormalidades Dentárias/psicologia , Percepção Visual
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Genet Med ; 21(3): 572-579, 2019 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29907796

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PURPOSE: SMARCB1 encodes a subunit of the SWI/SNF complex involved in chromatin remodeling. Pathogenic variants (PV) in this gene can give rise to three conditions. Heterozygous loss-of-function germline PV cause rhabdoid tumor predisposition syndrome and schwannomatosis. Missense PV and small in-frame deletions in exons 8 and 9 result in Coffin-Siris syndrome, which is characterized by intellectual disability (ID), coarse facial features, and fifth digit anomalies. METHODS: By a gene matching approach, individuals with a similar SMARCB1 PV were identified. Informed consent was obtained and patient data were collected to further establish genotype-phenotype relationship. RESULTS: A recurrent de novo missense PV (c.110G>A;p.Arg37His) in exon 2 of SMARCB1, encoding the DNA-binding domain, was identified in four individuals from different genetic centers. They shared a distinct phenotype consisting of profound ID and hydrocephalus due to choroid plexus hyperplasia. Other shared features include severe neonatal feeding difficulties; congenital heart, kidney, and eye anomalies; obstructive sleep apnea; and anemia. CONCLUSION: The p.Arg37His PV in the DNA-binding domain of SMARCB1 causes a distinctive syndrome, likely through a gain-of-function or dominant-negative effect, which is characterized by severe ID and hydrocephalus resulting from choroid plexus hyperplasia. This report broadens the phenotypic spectrum associated with PV in SMARCB1.


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Hidrocefalia/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Proteína SMARCB1/genética , Adolescente , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Plexo Corióideo/fisiopatologia , Montagem e Desmontagem da Cromatina/genética , DNA Helicases/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Exoma , Facies , Feminino , Estudos de Associação Genética , Humanos , Hiperplasia/genética , Lactente , Masculino , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Fenótipo , Proteína SMARCB1/fisiologia , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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Am J Hum Genet ; 104(1): 164-178, 2019 01 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30580808

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SMARCC2 (BAF170) is one of the invariable core subunits of the ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling BAF (BRG1-associated factor) complex and plays a crucial role in embryogenesis and corticogenesis. Pathogenic variants in genes encoding other components of the BAF complex have been associated with intellectual disability syndromes. Despite its significant biological role, variants in SMARCC2 have not been directly associated with human disease previously. Using whole-exome sequencing and a web-based gene-matching program, we identified 15 individuals with variable degrees of neurodevelopmental delay and growth retardation harboring one of 13 heterozygous variants in SMARCC2, most of them novel and proven de novo. The clinical presentation overlaps with intellectual disability syndromes associated with other BAF subunits, such as Coffin-Siris and Nicolaides-Baraitser syndromes and includes prominent speech impairment, hypotonia, feeding difficulties, behavioral abnormalities, and dysmorphic features such as hypertrichosis, thick eyebrows, thin upper lip vermilion, and upturned nose. Nine out of the fifteen individuals harbor variants in the highly conserved SMARCC2 DNA-interacting domains (SANT and SWIRM) and present with a more severe phenotype. Two of these individuals present cardiac abnormalities. Transcriptomic analysis of fibroblasts from affected individuals highlights a group of differentially expressed genes with possible roles in regulation of neuronal development and function, namely H19, SCRG1, RELN, and CACNB4. Our findings suggest a novel SMARCC2-related syndrome that overlaps with neurodevelopmental disorders associated with variants in BAF-complex subunits.


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Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/complicações , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/complicações , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Mutação , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Adolescente , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Face/anormalidades , Feminino , Deformidades Congênitas da Mão/genética , Humanos , Masculino , Micrognatismo/genética , Pescoço/anormalidades , Síndrome
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Biol Psychiatry ; 85(4): 287-297, 2019 02 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29724491

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BACKGROUND: In genome-wide screening studies for de novo mutations underlying autism and intellectual disability, mutations in the ADNP gene are consistently reported among the most frequent. ADNP mutations have been identified in children with autism spectrum disorder comorbid with intellectual disability, distinctive facial features, and deficits in multiple organ systems. However, a comprehensive clinical description of the Helsmoortel-Van der Aa syndrome is lacking. METHODS: We identified a worldwide cohort of 78 individuals with likely disruptive mutations in ADNP from January 2014 to October 2016 through systematic literature search, by contacting collaborators, and through direct interaction with parents. Clinicians filled in a structured questionnaire on genetic and clinical findings to enable correlations between genotype and phenotype. Clinical photographs and specialist reports were gathered. Parents were interviewed to complement the written questionnaires. RESULTS: We report on the detailed clinical characterization of a large cohort of individuals with an ADNP mutation and demonstrate a distinctive combination of clinical features, including mild to severe intellectual disability, autism, severe speech and motor delay, and common facial characteristics. Brain abnormalities, behavioral problems, sleep disturbance, epilepsy, hypotonia, visual problems, congenital heart defects, gastrointestinal problems, short stature, and hormonal deficiencies are common comorbidities. Strikingly, individuals with the recurrent p.Tyr719* mutation were more severely affected. CONCLUSIONS: This overview defines the full clinical spectrum of individuals with ADNP mutations, a specific autism subtype. We show that individuals with mutations in ADNP have many overlapping clinical features that are distinctive from those of other autism and/or intellectual disability syndromes. In addition, our data show preliminary evidence of a correlation between genotype and phenotype.


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Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Transtorno do Espectro Autista/complicações , Transtorno do Espectro Autista/genética , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Deficiência Intelectual/complicações , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Masculino , Mutação , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/complicações , Síndrome , Adulto Jovem
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