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Genet Med ; 2021 Feb 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33568805

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PURPOSE: Recent studies have identified suggestive prenatal features of RASopathies (e.g., increased nuchal translucency [NT], cystic hygroma [CH], hydrops, effusions, congenital heart diseases [CHD], polyhydramnios, renal anomalies). Our objective is to clarify indications for RASopathy prenatal testing. We compare genotype distributions between pre- and postnatal populations and propose genotype-phenotype correlations. METHODS: Three hundred fifty-two chromosomal microarray-negative cases sent for prenatal RASopathy testing between 2012 and 2019 were collected. For most, 11 RASopathy genes were tested. Postnatal cohorts (25 patients with available prenatal information and 108 institutional database genotypes) and the NSeuroNet database were used for genotypic comparisons. RESULTS: The overall diagnostic yield was 14% (50/352), with rates >20% for effusions, hydrops, and CHD. Diagnostic yield was significantly improved in presence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), persistent or associated CH, any suggestive finding combined with renal anomaly or polyhydramnios, or ≥2 ultrasound findings. Largest prenatal contributors of pathogenic variants were PTPN11 (30%), RIT1 (16%), RAF1 (14%), and HRAS (12%), which considerably differ from their prevalence in postnatal populations. HRAS, LZTR1, and RAF1 variants correlated with hydrops/effusions, and RIT1 with prenatal onset HCM. CONCLUSION: After normal chromosomal microarray, RASopathies should be considered when any ultrasound finding of lymphatic dysplasia or suggestive CHD is found alone or in association.

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Am J Hum Genet ; 108(3): 502-516, 2021 03 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33596411

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Deletion 1p36 (del1p36) syndrome is the most common human disorder resulting from a terminal autosomal deletion. This condition is molecularly and clinically heterogeneous. Deletions involving two non-overlapping regions, known as the distal (telomeric) and proximal (centromeric) critical regions, are sufficient to cause the majority of the recurrent clinical features, although with different facial features and dysmorphisms. SPEN encodes a transcriptional repressor commonly deleted in proximal del1p36 syndrome and is located centromeric to the proximal 1p36 critical region. Here, we used clinical data from 34 individuals with truncating variants in SPEN to define a neurodevelopmental disorder presenting with features that overlap considerably with those of proximal del1p36 syndrome. The clinical profile of this disease includes developmental delay/intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, aggressive behavior, attention deficit disorder, hypotonia, brain and spine anomalies, congenital heart defects, high/narrow palate, facial dysmorphisms, and obesity/increased BMI, especially in females. SPEN also emerges as a relevant gene for del1p36 syndrome by co-expression analyses. Finally, we show that haploinsufficiency of SPEN is associated with a distinctive DNA methylation episignature of the X chromosome in affected females, providing further evidence of a specific contribution of the protein to the epigenetic control of this chromosome, and a paradigm of an X chromosome-specific episignature that classifies syndromic traits. We conclude that SPEN is required for multiple developmental processes and SPEN haploinsufficiency is a major contributor to a disorder associated with deletions centromeric to the previously established 1p36 critical regions.


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Transtornos Cromossômicos/genética , Cromossomos Humanos Par 1/genética , Cromossomos Humanos X/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , Adolescente , Transtorno do Espectro Autista/genética , Transtorno do Espectro Autista/patologia , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Deleção Cromossômica , Transtornos Cromossômicos/fisiopatologia , Metilação de DNA/genética , Epigênese Genética/genética , Feminino , Haploinsuficiência/genética , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/fisiopatologia , Masculino , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/fisiopatologia , Fenótipo , Adulto Jovem
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Am J Hum Genet ; 107(6): 1129-1148, 2020 Dec 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33186545

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The endosomal sorting complexes required for transport (ESCRTs) are essential for multiple membrane modeling and membrane-independent cellular processes. Here we describe six unrelated individuals with de novo missense variants affecting the ATPase domain of VPS4A, a critical enzyme regulating ESCRT function. Probands had structural brain abnormalities, severe neurodevelopmental delay, cataracts, growth impairment, and anemia. In cultured cells, overexpression of VPS4A mutants caused enlarged endosomal vacuoles resembling those induced by expression of known dominant-negative ATPase-defective forms of VPS4A. Proband-derived fibroblasts had enlarged endosomal structures with abnormal accumulation of the ESCRT protein IST1 on the limiting membrane. VPS4A function was also required for normal endosomal morphology and IST1 localization in iPSC-derived human neurons. Mutations affected other ESCRT-dependent cellular processes, including regulation of centrosome number, primary cilium morphology, nuclear membrane morphology, chromosome segregation, mitotic spindle formation, and cell cycle progression. We thus characterize a distinct multisystem disorder caused by mutations affecting VPS4A and demonstrate that its normal function is required for multiple human developmental and cellular processes.

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Eur J Hum Genet ; 2020 Oct 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33082526

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The RASopathies are a group of clinically and genetically heterogeneous developmental disorders caused by dysregulation of the RAS/MAPK signalling pathway. Variants in several components and regulators of this pathway have been identified as the pathogenetic cause. In 2015, missense variants in A2ML1 were reported in three unrelated families with clinical diagnosis of Noonan syndrome (NS) and a zebrafish model was presented showing heart and craniofacial defects similar to those caused by a NS-associated Shp2 variant. However, a causal role of A2ML1 variants in NS has not been confirmed since. Herein, we report on 15 individuals who underwent screening of RASopathy-associated genes and were found to carry rare variants in A2ML1, including variants previously proposed to be causative for NS. In cases where parental DNA was available, the respective A2ML1 variant was found to be inherited from an unaffected parent. Seven index patients carrying an A2ML1 variant presented with an alternate disease-causing genetic aberration. These findings underscore that current evidence is insufficient to support a causal relation between variants in A2ML1 and NS, questioning the inclusion of A2ML1 screening in diagnostic RASopathy testing.

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Eur J Hum Genet ; 2020 Aug 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32788663

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RASopathies are caused by variants in genes encoding components or modulators of the RAS/MAPK signaling pathway. Noonan syndrome is the most common entity among this group of disorders and is characterized by heart defects, short stature, variable developmental delay, and typical facial features. Heterozygous variants in SOS2, encoding a guanine nucleotide exchange factor for RAS, have recently been identified in patients with Noonan syndrome. The number of published cases with SOS2-related Noonan syndrome is still limited and little is known about genotype-phenotype correlations. We collected previously unpublished clinical and genotype data from 17 individuals carrying a disease-causing SOS2 variant. Most individuals had one of the previously reported dominant pathogenic variants; only four had novel changes at the established hotspots for variants that affect protein function. The overall phenotype of the 17 patients fits well into the spectrum of Noonan syndrome and is most similar to the phenotype observed in patients with SOS1-related Noonan syndrome, with ectodermal anomalies as common features and short stature and learning disabilities as relatively infrequent findings compared to the average Noonan syndrome phenotype. The spectrum of heart defects in SOS2-related Noonan syndrome was consistent with the known spectrum of cardiac anomalies in RASopathies, but no specific heart defect was particularly predominating. Notably, lymphatic anomalies were extraordinarily frequent, affecting more than half of the patients. We therefore conclude that SOS2-related Noonan syndrome is associated with a particularly high risk of lymphatic complications that may have a significant impact on morbidity and quality of life.

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Am J Hum Genet ; 107(3): 499-513, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32721402

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Signal transduction through the RAF-MEK-ERK pathway, the first described mitogen-associated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade, mediates multiple cellular processes and participates in early and late developmental programs. Aberrant signaling through this cascade contributes to oncogenesis and underlies the RASopathies, a family of cancer-prone disorders. Here, we report that de novo missense variants in MAPK1, encoding the mitogen-activated protein kinase 1 (i.e., extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase 2, ERK2), cause a neurodevelopmental disease within the RASopathy phenotypic spectrum, reminiscent of Noonan syndrome in some subjects. Pathogenic variants promote increased phosphorylation of the kinase, which enhances translocation to the nucleus and boosts MAPK signaling in vitro and in vivo. Two variant classes are identified, one of which directly disrupts binding to MKP3, a dual-specificity protein phosphatase negatively regulating ERK function. Importantly, signal dysregulation driven by pathogenic MAPK1 variants is stimulus reliant and retains dependence on MEK activity. Our data support a model in which the identified pathogenic variants operate with counteracting effects on MAPK1 function by differentially impacting the ability of the kinase to interact with regulators and substrates, which likely explains the minor role of these variants as driver events contributing to oncogenesis. After nearly 20 years from the discovery of the first gene implicated in Noonan syndrome, PTPN11, the last tier of the MAPK cascade joins the group of genes mutated in RASopathies.


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Carcinogênese/genética , Proteína Quinase 1 Ativada por Mitógeno/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Síndrome de Noonan/genética , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Humanos , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/genética , Masculino , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/patologia , Síndrome de Noonan/fisiopatologia , Fenótipo , Proteína Tirosina Fosfatase não Receptora Tipo 11/genética , Transdução de Sinais , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma , Proteínas ras/genética
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Clin Genet ; 98(2): 172-178, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32415735

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UBE2A deficiency, that is, intellectual disability (ID) Nascimento type (MIM 300860), is an X-linked syndrome characterized by developmental delay, moderate to severe ID, seizures, dysmorphisms, skin anomalies, and urogenital malformations. Forty affected subjects have been reported thus far, with 31 cases having intragenic UBE2A variants. Here, we report on additional eight affected subjects from seven unrelated families who were found to be hemizygous for previously unreported UBE2A missense variants (p.Glu62Lys, p.Arg95Cys, p.Thr99Ala, and p.Arg135Trp) or small in-frame deletions (p.Val81_Ala83del, and p.Asp101del). A wide phenotypic spectrum was documented in these subjects, ranging from moderate ID associated with mild dysmorphisms to severe features including congenital heart defects (CHD), severe cognitive impairment, and pineal gland tumors. Four variants affected residues (Glu62, Arg95, Thr99 and Asp101) that contribute to stabilizing the structure of the E3 binding domain. The three-residue in-frame deletion, p.Val81_Ala83del, resulted from aberrant processing of the transcript. This variant and p.Arg135Trp mapped to regions of the protein located far from the E3 binding region, and caused variably accelerated protein degradation. By reviewing available clinical information, we revise the clinical and molecular profile of the disorder and document genotype-phenotype correlations. Pineal gland cysts/tumors, CHD and hypogammaglobulinemia emerge as recurrent features.

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Hum Mutat ; 41(6): 1171-1182, 2020 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32112654

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Germline PTPN11 mutations cause Noonan syndrome (NS), the most common disorder among RASopathies. PTPN11 encodes SHP2, a protein tyrosine-phosphatase controlling signaling through the RAS-MAPK and PI3K-AKT pathways. Generally, NS-causing PTPN11 mutations are missense changes destabilizing the inactive conformation of the protein or enhancing its binding to signaling partners. Here, we report on two PTPN11 variants resulting in the deletion or duplication of one of three adjacent glutamine residues (Gln255 -to-Gln257 ). While p.(Gln257dup) caused a typical NS phenotype in carriers of a first family, p.(Gln257del) had incomplete penetrance in a second family. Missense mutations involving Gln256 had previously been reported in NS. This poly-glutamine stretch is located on helix B of the PTP domain, a region involved in stabilizing SHP2 in its autoinhibited state. Molecular dynamics simulations predicted that changes affecting this motif perturb the SHP2's catalytically inactive conformation and/or substrate recognition. Biochemical data showed that duplication and deletion of Gln257 variably enhance SHP2's catalytic activity, while missense changes involving Gln256 affect substrate specificity. Expression of mutants in HEK293T cells documented their activating role on MAPK signaling, uncoupling catalytic activity and modulation of intracellular signaling. These findings further document the relevance of helix B in the regulation of SHP2's function.

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Hum Mol Genet ; 29(11): 1772-1783, 2020 Jul 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31108500

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The RASopathies are a group of genetic syndromes caused by upregulated RAS signaling. Noonan syndrome (NS), the most common entity among the RASopathies, is characterized mainly by short stature, cardiac anomalies and distinctive facial features. Mutations in multiple RAS-MAPK pathway-related genes have been associated with NS and related phenotypes. We describe two unrelated patients presenting with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and dysmorphic features suggestive of NS. One of them died in the neonatal period because of cardiac failure. Targeted sequencing revealed de novo MRAS variants, c.203C > T (p.Thr68Ile) and c.67G > C (p.Gly23Arg) as causative events. MRAS has only recently been related to NS based on the observation of two unrelated affected individuals with de novo variants involving the same codons here found mutated. Gly23 and Thr68 are highly conserved residues, and the corresponding codons are known hotspots for RASopathy-associated mutations in other RAS proteins. Functional analyses documented high level of activation of MRAS mutants due to impaired GTPase activity, which was associated with constitutive plasma membrane targeting, prolonged localization in non-raft microdomains, enhanced binding to PPP1CB and SHOC2 protein, and variably increased MAPK and PI3K-AKT activation. This report provides additional evidence that a narrow spectrum of activating mutations in MRAS represents another rare cause of NS, and that MRAS has to be counted among the RASopathy genes predisposing to HCM. Moreover, our findings further emphasize the relevance of the MRAS-SHOC2-PPP1CB axis in the control of MAPK signaling, and the contribution of both MAPK and PI3K-AKT pathways in MRAS functional upregulation.

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J Exp Med ; 216(12): 2778-2799, 2019 12 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31601675

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Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is characterized by immune dysregulation due to inadequate restraint of overactivated immune cells and is associated with a variable clinical spectrum having overlap with more common pathophysiologies. HLH is difficult to diagnose and can be part of inflammatory syndromes. Here, we identify a novel hematological/autoinflammatory condition (NOCARH syndrome) in four unrelated patients with superimposable features, including neonatal-onset cytopenia with dyshematopoiesis, autoinflammation, rash, and HLH. Patients shared the same de novo CDC42 mutation (Chr1:22417990C>T, p.R186C) and altered hematopoietic compartment, immune dysregulation, and inflammation. CDC42 mutations had been associated with syndromic neurodevelopmental disorders. In vitro and in vivo assays documented unique effects of p.R186C on CDC42 localization and function, correlating with the distinctiveness of the trait. Emapalumab was critical to the survival of one patient, who underwent successful bone marrow transplantation. Early recognition of the disorder and establishment of treatment followed by bone marrow transplant are important to survival.


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Suscetibilidade a Doenças , Linfo-Histiocitose Hemofagocítica/diagnóstico , Linfo-Histiocitose Hemofagocítica/genética , Fenótipo , Proteína cdc42 de Ligação ao GTP/genética , Proteína cdc42 de Ligação ao GTP/metabolismo , Alelos , Substituição de Aminoácidos , Animais , Sítios de Ligação , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Criança , Feminino , Estudos de Associação Genética , Genótipo , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Camundongos , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Molecular , Mutação , Ligação Proteica , Proteína cdc42 de Ligação ao GTP/química
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Hum Mutat ; 40(8): 1046-1056, 2019 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31059601

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SHOC2 is a scaffold protein mediating RAS-promoted activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling in response to extracellular stimuli. A recurrent activating mutation in SHOC2 (p.Ser2Gly) causes Mazzanti syndrome, a RASopathy characterized by features resembling Noonan syndrome and distinctive ectodermal abnormalities. A second mutation (p.Met173Ile) supposed to cause loss-of-function was more recently identified in two individuals with milder phenotypes. Here, we report on the third RASopathy-causing SHOC2 mutation (c.807_808delinsTT, p.Gln269_His270delinsHisTyr), which was found associated with prenatal-onset hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Structural analyses indicated a possible impact of the mutation on the relative orientation of the two SHOC2's leucine-rich repeat domains. Functional studies provided evidence of its activating role, revealing enhanced binding of the mutant protein to MRAS and PPP1CB, and increased signaling through the MAPK cascade. Differing from SHOC2 S2G , SHOC2 Q269_H270delinsHY is not constitutively targeted to the plasma membrane. These data document that diverse mechanisms in SHOC2 functional dysregulation converge toward MAPK signaling upregulation.


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Cardiomiopatia Hipertrófica/congênito , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intracelular/química , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intracelular/metabolismo , Mutação , Adulto , Animais , Células COS , Cardiomiopatia Hipertrófica/genética , Chlorocebus aethiops , Feminino , Humanos , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intracelular/genética , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases , Masculino , Modelos Moleculares , Gravidez , Diagnóstico Pré-Natal , Conformação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , Proteína Fosfatase 1/metabolismo , Proteínas ras/metabolismo
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Am J Hum Genet ; 104(6): 1223-1232, 2019 06 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31130282

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Aberrant signaling through pathways controlling cell response to extracellular stimuli constitutes a central theme in disorders affecting development. Signaling through RAS and the MAPK cascade controls a variety of cell decisions in response to cytokines, hormones, and growth factors, and its upregulation causes Noonan syndrome (NS), a developmental disorder whose major features include a distinctive facies, a wide spectrum of cardiac defects, short stature, variable cognitive impairment, and predisposition to malignancies. NS is genetically heterogeneous, and mutations in more than ten genes have been reported to underlie this disorder. Despite the large number of genes implicated, about 10%-20% of affected individuals with a clinical diagnosis of NS do not have mutations in known RASopathy-associated genes, indicating that additional unidentified genes contribute to the disease, when mutated. By using a mixed strategy of functional candidacy and exome sequencing, we identify RRAS2 as a gene implicated in NS in six unrelated subjects/families. We show that the NS-causing RRAS2 variants affect highly conserved residues localized around the nucleotide binding pocket of the GTPase and are predicted to variably affect diverse aspects of RRAS2 biochemical behavior, including nucleotide binding, GTP hydrolysis, and interaction with effectors. Additionally, all pathogenic variants increase activation of the MAPK cascade and variably impact cell morphology and cytoskeletal rearrangement. Finally, we provide a characterization of the clinical phenotype associated with RRAS2 mutations.


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Mutação com Ganho de Função , Guanosina Trifosfato/metabolismo , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Proteínas Monoméricas de Ligação ao GTP/genética , Síndrome de Noonan/etiologia , Adulto , Criança , Feminino , Estudos de Associação Genética , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Lactente , Recém-Nascido , Masculino , Proteínas de Membrana/química , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Proteínas Monoméricas de Ligação ao GTP/química , Proteínas Monoméricas de Ligação ao GTP/metabolismo , Síndrome de Noonan/patologia , Linhagem , Conformação Proteica
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Hum Mutat ; 40(6): 721-728, 2019 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30825388

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The pathogenic variants in the neuroblastoma-amplified sequence (NBAS) are associated with a clinical spectrum involving the hepatic, skeletal, ocular, and immune systems. Here, we report on two unrelated subjects with a complex phenotype solved by whole-exome sequencing, who shared a synonymous change in NBAS that was documented to affect the transcript processing and co-occurring with a truncating change. Starting from these two cases, we systematically assessed the clinical information available for all subjects with biallelic NBAS pathogenic variants (73 cases in total). We revealed a recognizable facial profile (hypotelorism, thin lips, pointed chin, and "progeroid" appearance) determined by using DeepGestalt facial recognition technology, and we provide evidence for the occurrence of genotype-phenotype correlations. Notably, severe hepatic involvement was associated with variants affecting the NBAS-Nter and Sec39 domains, whereas milder liver involvement and immunodeficiency were generally associated with variants located at the N-terminus and C-terminus of the protein. Remarkably, no patient was reported to carry two nonsense variants, suggesting lethality of complete NBAS loss-of-function.


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Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Proteínas de Neoplasias/genética , Mutação Silenciosa , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma/métodos , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Estudos de Associação Genética , Humanos , Mutação com Perda de Função , Masculino , Proteínas de Neoplasias/química , Linhagem , Domínios Proteicos
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Eur J Med Genet ; 62(6): 103534, 2019 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30189253

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TARP syndrome (TARPS) is an X-linked syndromic condition including Robin sequence, congenital heart defects, developmental delay, feeding difficulties and talipes equinovarus, as major features. The disease is caused by inactivating mutations in RBM10 which encodes for a RNA binding motif protein involved in transcript processing. We herein report a male born from healthy and non-consanguineous parents, presenting prenatal record of intrauterine fetal growth retardation, and postnatal features including growth and developmental delays, CNS abnormalities, facial dysmorphisms, bilateral syndactyly at the hands, talipes equinovarus and congenital heart defects. By using trio-based Whole Exome Sequencing approach, a maternally inherited RBM10 frameshift variant causing decay of the RBM10 transcript was identified. Despite the syndrome is considered lethal in affected males, our subject with molecularly confirmed TARPS is still alive at 11 years of age supporting the chance of surviving. Long-term surviving in TARPS is extremely rare and should be considered in genetic counselling and clinical follow up of the syndrome. We provide the natural history of the syndrome, reviewing the major clinical characteristics. Congenital heart defects are confirmed as specific diagnostic markers for the syndrome. In addition, cardiac anatomical details are defining a possible clinical overlap with syndromic conditions related to the hedgehog pathway and/or primary cilium anomalies as Oral-Facial-Digital or Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndromes.


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Pé Torto Equinovaro/genética , Cardiopatias Congênitas/genética , Síndrome de Pierre Robin/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , Criança , Pé Torto Equinovaro/patologia , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Cardiopatias Congênitas/patologia , Humanos , Masculino , Síndrome de Pierre Robin/patologia
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Hum Mol Genet ; 28(6): 1007-1022, 2019 03 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30481304

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Noonan syndrome (NS), the most common RASopathy, is caused by mutations affecting signaling through RAS and the MAPK cascade. Recently, genome scanning has discovered novel genes implicated in NS, whose function in RAS-MAPK signaling remains obscure, suggesting the existence of unrecognized circuits contributing to signal modulation in this pathway. Among these genes, leucine zipper-like transcriptional regulator 1 (LZTR1) encodes a functionally poorly characterized member of the BTB/POZ protein superfamily. Two classes of germline LZTR1 mutations underlie dominant and recessive forms of NS, while constitutional monoallelic, mostly inactivating, mutations in the same gene cause schwannomatosis, a cancer-prone disorder clinically distinct from NS. Here we show that dominant NS-causing LZTR1 mutations do not affect significantly protein stability and subcellular localization. We provide the first evidence that these mutations, but not the missense changes occurring as biallelic mutations in recessive NS, enhance stimulus-dependent RAS-MAPK signaling, which is triggered, at least in part, by an increased RAS protein pool. Moreover, we document that dominant NS-causing mutations do not perturb binding of LZTR1 to CUL3, a scaffold coordinating the assembly of a multimeric complex catalyzing protein ubiquitination but are predicted to affect the surface of the Kelch domain mediating substrate binding to the complex. Collectively, our data suggest a model in which LZTR1 contributes to the ubiquitinationof protein(s) functioning as positive modulator(s) of the RAS-MAPK signaling pathway. In this model, LZTR1 mutations are predicted to variably impair binding of these substrates to the multi-component ligase complex and their efficient ubiquitination and degradation, resulting in MAPK signaling upregulation.


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Repetição Kelch , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Mutação , Síndrome de Noonan/genética , Síndrome de Noonan/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Proteínas ras/metabolismo , Proteínas Culina/metabolismo , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica , Estabilidade Proteica , Transporte Proteico , Transdução de Sinais , Fatores de Transcrição/química
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Am J Hum Genet ; 103(4): 621-630, 2018 10 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30290154

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Aberrant activation or inhibition of potassium (K+) currents across the plasma membrane of cells has been causally linked to altered neurotransmission, cardiac arrhythmias, endocrine dysfunction, and (more rarely) perturbed developmental processes. The K+ channel subfamily K member 4 (KCNK4), also known as TRAAK (TWIK-related arachidonic acid-stimulated K+ channel), belongs to the mechano-gated ion channels of the TRAAK/TREK subfamily of two-pore-domain (K2P) K+ channels. While K2P channels are well known to contribute to the resting membrane potential and cellular excitability, their involvement in pathophysiological processes remains largely uncharacterized. We report that de novo missense mutations in KCNK4 cause a recognizable syndrome with a distinctive facial gestalt, for which we propose the acronym FHEIG (facial dysmorphism, hypertrichosis, epilepsy, intellectual disability/developmental delay, and gingival overgrowth). Patch-clamp analyses documented a significant gain of function of the identified KCNK4 channel mutants basally and impaired sensitivity to mechanical stimulation and arachidonic acid. Co-expression experiments indicated a dominant behavior of the disease-causing mutations. Molecular dynamics simulations consistently indicated that mutations favor sealing of the lateral intramembrane fenestration that has been proposed to negatively control K+ flow by allowing lipid access to the central cavity of the channel. Overall, our findings illustrate the pleiotropic effect of dysregulated KCNK4 function and provide support to the hypothesis of a gating mechanism based on the lateral fenestrations of K2P channels.


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Ativação do Canal Iônico/genética , Mutação/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Canais de Potássio/genética , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular
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Neurology ; 91(4): e319-e330, 2018 07 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29959261

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OBJECTIVE: To characterize clinically and molecularly an early-onset, variably progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a cerebellar syndrome with severe ataxia, gaze palsy, dyskinesia, dystonia, and cognitive decline affecting 11 individuals from 3 consanguineous families. METHODS: We used whole-exome sequencing (WES) (families 1 and 2) and a combined approach based on homozygosity mapping and WES (family 3). We performed in vitro studies to explore the effect of the nontruncating SQSTM1 mutation on protein function and the effect of impaired SQSTM1 function on autophagy. We analyzed the consequences of sqstm1 down-modulation on the structural integrity of the cerebellum in vivo using zebrafish as a model. RESULTS: We identified 3 homozygous inactivating variants, including a splice site substitution (c.301+2T>A) causing aberrant transcript processing and accelerated degradation of a resulting protein lacking exon 2, as well as 2 truncating changes (c.875_876insT and c.934_936delinsTGA). We show that loss of SQSTM1 causes impaired production of ubiquitin-positive protein aggregates in response to misfolded protein stress and decelerated autophagic flux. The consequences of sqstm1 down-modulation on the structural integrity of the cerebellum in zebrafish documented a variable but reproducible phenotype characterized by cerebellum anomalies ranging from depletion of axonal connections to complete atrophy. We provide a detailed clinical characterization of the disorder; the natural history is reported for 2 siblings who have been followed up for >20 years. CONCLUSIONS: This study offers an accurate clinical characterization of this recently recognized neurodegenerative disorder caused by biallelic inactivating mutations in SQSTM1 and links this phenotype to defective selective autophagy.


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Alelos , Progressão da Doença , Mutação/genética , Doenças Neurodegenerativas/diagnóstico por imagem , Doenças Neurodegenerativas/genética , Proteína Sequestossoma-1/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Idade de Início , Animais , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Linhagem , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma/métodos , Adulto Jovem , Peixe-Zebra
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Am J Hum Genet ; 102(2): 309-320, 2018 02 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29394990

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Exome sequencing has markedly enhanced the discovery of genes implicated in Mendelian disorders, particularly for individuals in whom a known clinical entity could not be assigned. This has led to the recognition that phenotypic heterogeneity resulting from allelic mutations occurs more commonly than previously appreciated. Here, we report that missense variants in CDC42, a gene encoding a small GTPase functioning as an intracellular signaling node, underlie a clinically heterogeneous group of phenotypes characterized by variable growth dysregulation, facial dysmorphism, and neurodevelopmental, immunological, and hematological anomalies, including a phenotype resembling Noonan syndrome, a developmental disorder caused by dysregulated RAS signaling. In silico, in vitro, and in vivo analyses demonstrate that mutations variably perturb CDC42 function by altering the switch between the active and inactive states of the GTPase and/or affecting CDC42 interaction with effectors, and differentially disturb cellular and developmental processes. These findings reveal the remarkably variable impact that dominantly acting CDC42 mutations have on cell function and development, creating challenges in syndrome definition, and exemplify the importance of functional profiling for syndrome recognition and delineation.


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Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Anormalidades Craniofaciais/genética , Heterogeneidade Genética , Atrofia Muscular/genética , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Síndrome de Noonan/genética , Proteína cdc42 de Ligação ao GTP/genética , Anormalidades Múltiplas/metabolismo , Anormalidades Múltiplas/patologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Anormalidades Craniofaciais/metabolismo , Anormalidades Craniofaciais/patologia , Feminino , Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Modelos Moleculares , Atrofia Muscular/metabolismo , Atrofia Muscular/patologia , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/metabolismo , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/patologia , Síndrome de Noonan/metabolismo , Síndrome de Noonan/patologia , Fenótipo , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Proteína cdc42 de Ligação ao GTP/química , Proteína cdc42 de Ligação ao GTP/metabolismo
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Clin Genet ; 93(2): 401-407, 2018 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28374925

RESUMO

Kabuki syndrome is a genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by postnatal growth retardation, skeletal abnormalities, intellectual disability, facial dysmorphisms and a variable range of organ malformations. In ~30% of affected individuals, the underlying genetic defect remains unknown. A small number of inactivating heterozygous HNRNPK mutations has recently been reported to be associated with a condition partially overlapping or suggestive of Kabuki syndrome. Here, we report on an 11-year-old girl with a complex phenotype in whom the diagnosis of KS was suggested but molecular testing for the known causative disease genes was negative. Whole-exome sequencing identified a previously undescribed de novo truncating mutation in HNRNPK as the molecular defect underlying the trait. Analysis of available records of patients with HNRNPK haploinsufficiency was performed to delineate the associated clinical phenotype and outline their distinguishing features in comparison with the KS clinical spectrum. The clinical profile associated with inactivating HNRNPK mutations supports the idea that the associated disorder should be considered as a distinct nosologic entity clinically related to KS, and that the condition should be considered in differential diagnosis with KS, in particular in subjects exhibiting brain malformation (nodular heterotopia), craniosynostosis, and polydactyly.


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Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Face/anormalidades , Doenças Hematológicas/genética , Ribonucleoproteínas Nucleares Heterogêneas Grupo K/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Doenças Vestibulares/genética , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma , Anormalidades Múltiplas/fisiopatologia , Criança , Exoma/genética , Face/fisiopatologia , Feminino , Haploinsuficiência/genética , Doenças Hematológicas/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/fisiopatologia , Mutação , Fenótipo , Doenças Vestibulares/fisiopatologia
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