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Genet Med ; 2019 Oct 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31578471

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PURPOSE: Lamb-Shaffer syndrome (LAMSHF) is a neurodevelopmental disorder described in just over two dozen patients with heterozygous genetic alterations involving SOX5, a gene encoding a transcription factor regulating cell fate and differentiation in neurogenesis and other discrete developmental processes. The genetic alterations described so far are mainly microdeletions. The present study was aimed at increasing our understanding of LAMSHF, its clinical and genetic spectrum, and the pathophysiological mechanisms involved. METHODS: Clinical and genetic data were collected through GeneMatcher and clinical or genetic networks for 41 novel patients harboring various types of SOX5 alterations. Functional consequences of selected substitutions were investigated. RESULTS: Microdeletions and truncating variants occurred throughout SOX5. In contrast, most missense variants clustered in the pivotal SOX-specific high-mobility-group domain. The latter variants prevented SOX5 from binding DNA and promoting transactivation in vitro, whereas missense variants located outside the high-mobility-group domain did not. Clinical manifestations and severity varied among patients. No clear genotype-phenotype correlations were found, except that missense variants outside the high-mobility-group domain were generally better tolerated. CONCLUSIONS: This study extends the clinical and genetic spectrum associated with LAMSHF and consolidates evidence that SOX5 haploinsufficiency leads to variable degrees of intellectual disability, language delay, and other clinical features.

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Am J Hum Genet ; 105(3): 509-525, 2019 Sep 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31422817

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The human RNA helicase DDX6 is an essential component of membrane-less organelles called processing bodies (PBs). PBs are involved in mRNA metabolic processes including translational repression via coordinated storage of mRNAs. Previous studies in human cell lines have implicated altered DDX6 in molecular and cellular dysfunction, but clinical consequences and pathogenesis in humans have yet to be described. Here, we report the identification of five rare de novo missense variants in DDX6 in probands presenting with intellectual disability, developmental delay, and similar dysmorphic features including telecanthus, epicanthus, arched eyebrows, and low-set ears. All five missense variants (p.His372Arg, p.Arg373Gln, p.Cys390Arg, p.Thr391Ile, and p.Thr391Pro) are located in two conserved motifs of the RecA-2 domain of DDX6 involved in RNA binding, helicase activity, and protein-partner binding. We use functional studies to demonstrate that the first variants identified (p.Arg373Gln and p.Cys390Arg) cause significant defects in PB assembly in primary fibroblast and model human cell lines. These variants' interactions with several protein partners were also disrupted in immunoprecipitation assays. Further investigation via complementation assays included the additional variants p.Thr391Ile and p.Thr391Pro, both of which, similarly to p.Arg373Gln and p.Cys390Arg, demonstrated significant defects in P-body assembly. Complementing these molecular findings, modeling of the variants on solved protein structures showed distinct spatial clustering near known protein binding regions. Collectively, our clinical and molecular data describe a neurodevelopmental syndrome associated with pathogenic missense variants in DDX6. Additionally, we suggest DDX6 join the DExD/H-box genes DDX3X and DHX30 in an emerging class of neurodevelopmental disorders involving RNA helicases.

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PLoS Genet ; 15(4): e1008088, 2019 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31034465

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PIK3C2A is a class II member of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) family that catalyzes the phosphorylation of phosphatidylinositol (PI) into PI(3)P and the phosphorylation of PI(4)P into PI(3,4)P2. At the cellular level, PIK3C2A is critical for the formation of cilia and for receptor mediated endocytosis, among other biological functions. We identified homozygous loss-of-function mutations in PIK3C2A in children from three independent consanguineous families with short stature, coarse facial features, cataracts with secondary glaucoma, multiple skeletal abnormalities, neurological manifestations, among other findings. Cellular studies of patient-derived fibroblasts found that they lacked PIK3C2A protein, had impaired cilia formation and function, and demonstrated reduced proliferative capacity. Collectively, the genetic and molecular data implicate mutations in PIK3C2A in a new Mendelian disorder of PI metabolism, thereby shedding light on the critical role of a class II PI3K in growth, vision, skeletal formation and neurological development. In particular, the considerable phenotypic overlap, yet distinct features, between this syndrome and Lowe's syndrome, which is caused by mutations in the PI-5-phosphatase OCRL, highlight the key role of PI metabolizing enzymes in specific developmental processes and demonstrate the unique non-redundant functions of each enzyme. This discovery expands what is known about disorders of PI metabolism and helps unravel the role of PIK3C2A and class II PI3Ks in health and disease.


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Doenças do Desenvolvimento Ósseo/genética , Catarata/genética , Transtornos da Motilidade Ciliar/genética , Nanismo/genética , Mutação , Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Criança , Consanguinidade , Feminino , Fibroblastos/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Linhagem , Fenótipo , Adulto Jovem
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Brain ; 142(4): 867-884, 2019 Apr 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30879067

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Recessive mutations in RTTN, encoding the protein rotatin, were originally identified as cause of polymicrogyria, a cortical malformation. With time, a wide variety of other brain malformations has been ascribed to RTTN mutations, including primary microcephaly. Rotatin is a centrosomal protein possibly involved in centriolar elongation and ciliogenesis. However, the function of rotatin in brain development is largely unknown and the molecular disease mechanism underlying cortical malformations has not yet been elucidated. We performed both clinical and cell biological studies, aimed at clarifying rotatin function and pathogenesis. Review of the 23 published and five unpublished clinical cases and genomic mutations, including the effect of novel deep intronic pathogenic mutations on RTTN transcripts, allowed us to extrapolate the core phenotype, consisting of intellectual disability, short stature, microcephaly, lissencephaly, periventricular heterotopia, polymicrogyria and other malformations. We show that the severity of the phenotype is related to residual function of the protein, not only the level of mRNA expression. Skin fibroblasts from eight affected individuals were studied by high resolution immunomicroscopy and flow cytometry, in parallel with in vitro expression of RTTN in HEK293T cells. We demonstrate that rotatin regulates different phases of the cell cycle and is mislocalized in affected individuals. Mutant cells showed consistent and severe mitotic failure with centrosome amplification and multipolar spindle formation, leading to aneuploidy and apoptosis, which could relate to depletion of neuronal progenitors often observed in microcephaly. We confirmed the role of rotatin in functional and structural maintenance of primary cilia and determined that the protein localized not only to the basal body, but also to the axoneme, proving the functional interconnectivity between ciliogenesis and cell cycle progression. Proteomics analysis of both native and exogenous rotatin uncovered that rotatin interacts with the neuronal (non-muscle) myosin heavy chain subunits, motors of nucleokinesis during neuronal migration, and in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived bipolar mature neurons rotatin localizes at the centrosome in the leading edge. This illustrates the role of rotatin in neuronal migration. These different functions of rotatin explain why RTTN mutations can lead to heterogeneous cerebral malformations, both related to proliferation and migration defects.

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Brain ; 142(1): 80-92, 2019 01 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30544257

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Alterations of the N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) subunit GluN2A, encoded by GRIN2A, have been associated with a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders with prominent speech-related features, and epilepsy. We performed a comprehensive assessment of phenotypes with a standardized questionnaire in 92 previously unreported individuals with GRIN2A-related disorders. Applying the criteria of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics to all published variants yielded 156 additional cases with pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants in GRIN2A, resulting in a total of 248 individuals. The phenotypic spectrum ranged from normal or near-normal development with mild epilepsy and speech delay/apraxia to severe developmental and epileptic encephalopathy, often within the epilepsy-aphasia spectrum. We found that pathogenic missense variants in transmembrane and linker domains (misTMD+Linker) were associated with severe developmental phenotypes, whereas missense variants within amino terminal or ligand-binding domains (misATD+LBD) and null variants led to less severe developmental phenotypes, which we confirmed in a discovery (P = 10-6) as well as validation cohort (P = 0.0003). Other phenotypes such as MRI abnormalities and epilepsy types were also significantly different between the two groups. Notably, this was paralleled by electrophysiology data, where misTMD+Linker predominantly led to NMDAR gain-of-function, while misATD+LBD exclusively caused NMDAR loss-of-function. With respect to null variants, we show that Grin2a+/- cortical rat neurons also had reduced NMDAR function and there was no evidence of previously postulated compensatory overexpression of GluN2B. We demonstrate that null variants and misATD+LBD of GRIN2A do not only share the same clinical spectrum (i.e. milder phenotypes), but also result in similar electrophysiological consequences (loss-of-function) opposing those of misTMD+Linker (severe phenotypes; predominantly gain-of-function). This new pathomechanistic model may ultimately help in predicting phenotype severity as well as eligibility for potential precision medicine approaches in GRIN2A-related disorders.


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Epilepsia/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Receptores de N-Metil-D-Aspartato/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Animais , Células Cultivadas , Córtex Cerebelar/metabolismo , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Epilepsia/fisiopatologia , Feminino , Genótipo , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/fisiopatologia , Fenótipo , Ratos , Receptores de N-Metil-D-Aspartato/metabolismo , Receptores de N-Metil-D-Aspartato/fisiologia , Adulto Jovem
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Eur J Med Genet ; 2018 Aug 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30125676

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We studied the presence of benign infantile epilepsy (BIE), paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD), and PKD with infantile convulsions (PKD/IC) in patients with a 16p11.2 deletion including PRRT2 or with a PRRT2 loss-of-function sequence variant. Index patients were recruited from seven Dutch university hospitals. The presence of BIE, PKD and PKD/IC was retrospectively evaluated using questionnaires and medical records. We included 33 patients with a 16p11.2 deletion: three (9%) had BIE, none had PKD or PKD/IC. Twelve patients had a PRRT2 sequence variant: BIE was present in four (p = 0.069), PKD in six (p < 0.001) and PKD/IC in two (p = 0.067). Most patients with a deletion had undergone genetic testing because of developmental problems (87%), whereas all patients with a sequence variant were tested because of a movement disorder (55%) or epilepsy (45%). BIE, PKD and PKD/IC clearly showed incomplete penetrance in patients with 16p11.2 deletions, but were found in all and 95% of patients with a PRRT2 sequence variant in our study and a large literature cohort, respectively. Deletions and sequence variants have the same underlying loss-of-function disease mechanism. Thus, differences in ascertainment have led to overestimating the frequency of BIE, PKD and PKD/IC in patients with a PRRT2 sequence variant. This has important implications for counseling if genome-wide sequencing shows such variants in patients not presenting the PRRT2-related phenotypes.

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Am J Hum Genet ; 102(5): 995-1007, 2018 05 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29656858

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Developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs) represent a large clinical and genetic heterogeneous group of neurodevelopmental diseases. The identification of pathogenic genetic variants in DEEs remains crucial for deciphering this complex group and for accurately caring for affected individuals (clinical diagnosis, genetic counseling, impacting medical, precision therapy, clinical trials, etc.). Whole-exome sequencing and intensive data sharing identified a recurrent de novo PACS2 heterozygous missense variant in 14 unrelated individuals. Their phenotype was characterized by epilepsy, global developmental delay with or without autism, common cerebellar dysgenesis, and facial dysmorphism. Mixed focal and generalized epilepsy occurred in the neonatal period, controlled with difficulty in the first year, but many improved in early childhood. PACS2 is an important PACS1 paralog and encodes a multifunctional sorting protein involved in nuclear gene expression and pathway traffic regulation. Both proteins harbor cargo(furin)-binding regions (FBRs) that bind cargo proteins, sorting adaptors, and cellular kinase. Compared to the defined PACS1 recurrent variant series, individuals with PACS2 variant have more consistently neonatal/early-infantile-onset epilepsy that can be challenging to control. Cerebellar abnormalities may be similar but PACS2 individuals exhibit a pattern of clear dysgenesis ranging from mild to severe. Functional studies demonstrated that the PACS2 recurrent variant reduces the ability of the predicted autoregulatory domain to modulate the interaction between the PACS2 FBR and client proteins, which may disturb cellular function. These findings support the causality of this recurrent de novo PACS2 heterozygous missense in DEEs with facial dysmorphim and cerebellar dysgenesis.

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Sci Rep ; 8(1): 4170, 2018 Mar 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29520014

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Recently, the Mucin-1 (MUC1) gene has been identified as a causal gene of autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial kidney disease (ADTKD). Most causative mutations are buried within a GC-rich 60 basepair variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR), which escapes identification by massive parallel sequencing methods due to the complexity of the VNTR. We established long read single molecule real time sequencing (SMRT) targeted to the MUC1-VNTR as an alternative strategy to the snapshot assay. Our approach allows complete VNTR assembly, thereby enabling the detection of all variants residing within the VNTR and simultaneous determination of VNTR length. We present high resolution data on the VNTR architecture for a cohort of snapshot positive (n = 9) and negative (n = 7) ADTKD families. By SMRT sequencing we could confirm the diagnosis in all previously tested cases, reconstruct both VNTR alleles and determine the exact position of the causative variant in eight of nine families. This study demonstrates that precise positioning of the causative mutation(s) and identification of other coding and noncoding sequence variants in ADTKD-MUC1 is feasible. SMRT sequencing could provide a powerful tool to uncover potential factors encoded within the VNTR that associate with intra- and interfamilial phenotype variability of MUC1 related kidney disease.

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Am J Hum Genet ; 101(4): 503-515, 2017 Oct 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28942966

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Bromodomain PHD finger transcription factor (BPTF) is the largest subunit of nucleosome remodeling factor (NURF), a member of the ISWI chromatin-remodeling complex. However, the clinical consequences of disruption of this complex remain largely uncharacterized. BPTF is required for anterior-posterior axis formation of the mouse embryo and was shown to promote posterior neuroectodermal fate by enhancing Smad2-activated wnt8 expression in zebrafish. Here, we report eight loss-of-function and two missense variants (eight de novo and two of unknown origin) in BPTF on 17q24.2. The BPTF variants were found in unrelated individuals aged between 2.1 and 13 years, who manifest variable degrees of developmental delay/intellectual disability (10/10), speech delay (10/10), postnatal microcephaly (7/9), and dysmorphic features (9/10). Using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing of bptf in zebrafish to induce a loss of gene function, we observed a significant reduction in head size of F0 mutants compared to control larvae. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) and phospho-histone H3 (PH3) staining to assess apoptosis and cell proliferation, respectively, showed a significant increase in cell death in F0 mutants compared to controls. Additionally, we observed a substantial increase of the ceratohyal angle of the craniofacial skeleton in bptf F0 mutants, indicating abnormal craniofacial patterning. Taken together, our data demonstrate the pathogenic role of BPTF haploinsufficiency in syndromic neurodevelopmental anomalies and extend the clinical spectrum of human disorders caused by ablation of chromatin remodeling complexes.


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Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Antígenos Nucleares/genética , Anormalidades Craniofaciais/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Haploinsuficiência/genética , Transtornos do Desenvolvimento da Linguagem/genética , Microcefalia/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Anormalidades Múltiplas/patologia , Adolescente , Animais , Antígenos Nucleares/metabolismo , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Proliferação de Células , Células Cultivadas , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Montagem e Desmontagem da Cromatina , Estudos de Coortes , Anormalidades Craniofaciais/patologia , Feminino , Edição de Genes , Haploinsuficiência/fisiologia , Humanos , Transtornos do Desenvolvimento da Linguagem/patologia , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Masculino , Microcefalia/patologia , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Neurônios/metabolismo , Neurônios/patologia , Fenótipo , Fatores de Transcrição/antagonistas & inibidores , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Peixe-Zebra/crescimento & desenvolvimento
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Pediatrics ; 140(4)2017 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28939701

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BACKGROUND: Rapid diagnostic whole-genome sequencing has been explored in critically ill newborns, hoping to improve their clinical care and replace time-consuming and/or invasive diagnostic testing. A previous retrospective study in a research setting showed promising results with diagnoses in 57%, but patients were highly selected for known and likely Mendelian disorders. The aim of our prospective study was to assess the speed and yield of rapid targeted genomic diagnostics for clinical application. METHODS: We included 23 critically ill children younger than 12 months in ICUs over a period of 2 years. A quick diagnosis could not be made after routine clinical evaluation and diagnostics. Targeted analysis of 3426 known disease genes was performed by using whole-genome sequencing data. We measured diagnostic yield, turnaround times, and clinical consequences. RESULTS: A genetic diagnosis was obtained in 7 patients (30%), with a median turnaround time of 12 days (ranging from 5 to 23 days). We identified compound heterozygous mutations in the EPG5 gene (Vici syndrome), the RMND1 gene (combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency-11), and the EIF2B5 gene (vanishing white matter), and homozygous mutations in the KLHL41 gene (nemaline myopathy), the GFER gene (progressive mitochondrial myopathy), and the GLB1 gene (GM1-gangliosidosis). In addition, a 1p36.33p36.32 microdeletion was detected in a child with cardiomyopathy. CONCLUSIONS: Rapid targeted genomics combined with copy number variant detection adds important value in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care setting. It led to a fast diagnosis in 30% of critically ill children for whom the routine clinical workup was unsuccessful.


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Diagnóstico Tardio/prevenção & controle , Doenças Genéticas Inatas/diagnóstico , Genômica/métodos , Terapia Intensiva Neonatal/métodos , Análise de Sequência de DNA/métodos , Estado Terminal , Feminino , Seguimentos , Doenças Genéticas Inatas/genética , Marcadores Genéticos , Humanos , Recém-Nascido , Masculino , Mutação , Projetos Piloto , Estudos Prospectivos , Fatores de Tempo
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Nat Genet ; 49(2): 223-237, 2017 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27992417

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Histone lysine methylation, mediated by mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL) proteins, is now known to be critical in the regulation of gene expression, genomic stability, cell cycle and nuclear architecture. Despite MLL proteins being postulated as essential for normal development, little is known about the specific functions of the different MLL lysine methyltransferases. Here we report heterozygous variants in the gene KMT2B (also known as MLL4) in 27 unrelated individuals with a complex progressive childhood-onset dystonia, often associated with a typical facial appearance and characteristic brain magnetic resonance imaging findings. Over time, the majority of affected individuals developed prominent cervical, cranial and laryngeal dystonia. Marked clinical benefit, including the restoration of independent ambulation in some cases, was observed following deep brain stimulation (DBS). These findings highlight a clinically recognizable and potentially treatable form of genetic dystonia, demonstrating the crucial role of KMT2B in the physiological control of voluntary movement.


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Distonia/genética , Histona-Lisina N-Metiltransferase/genética , Mutação/genética , Adolescente , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Feminino , Histona Metiltransferases , Histonas/genética , Humanos , Lisina/genética , Masculino , Metilação , Proteínas Nucleares/genética
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Epilepsia Open ; 2(2): 244-254, 2017 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29588953

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Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic yield of microarray analysis in a hospital-based cohort of children with seizures and to identify novel candidate genes and susceptibility loci for epilepsy. Methods: Of all children who presented with their first seizure in the University Medical Center Groningen (January 2000 through May 2013) (n = 1,368), we included 226 (17%) children who underwent microarray analysis before June 2014. All 226 children had a definite diagnosis of epilepsy. All their copy number variants (CNVs) on chromosomes 1-22 and X that contain protein-coding genes and have a prevalence of <1% in healthy controls were evaluated for their pathogenicity. Results: Children selected for microarray analysis more often had developmental problems (82% vs. 25%, p < 0.001), facial dysmorphisms (49% vs. 8%, p < 0.001), or behavioral problems (41% vs. 13%, p < 0.001) than children who were not selected. We found known clinically relevant CNVs for epilepsy in 24 of the 226 children (11%). Seventeen of these 24 children had been diagnosed with symptomatic focal epilepsy not otherwise specified (71%) and five with West syndrome (21%). Of these 24 children, many had developmental problems (100%), behavioral problems (54%) or facial dysmorphisms (46%). We further identified five novel CNVs comprising four potential candidate genes for epilepsy: MYT1L, UNC5D, SCN4B, and NRXN3. Significance: The 11% yield in our hospital-based cohort underscores the importance of microarray analysis in diagnostic evaluation of children with epilepsy.

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Nat Neurosci ; 19(9): 1194-6, 2016 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27479843

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To identify candidate genes for intellectual disability, we performed a meta-analysis on 2,637 de novo mutations, identified from the exomes of 2,104 patient-parent trios. Statistical analyses identified 10 new candidate ID genes: DLG4, PPM1D, RAC1, SMAD6, SON, SOX5, SYNCRIP, TCF20, TLK2 and TRIP12. In addition, we show that these genes are intolerant to nonsynonymous variation and that mutations in these genes are associated with specific clinical ID phenotypes.


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Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Mutação/genética , Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteína 4 Homóloga a Disks-Large , Exoma/genética , Ribonucleoproteínas Nucleares Heterogêneas/genética , Humanos , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intracelular/genética , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Antígenos de Histocompatibilidade Menor/genética , Fenótipo , Proteínas Quinases/genética , Proteína Fosfatase 2C/genética , Fatores de Transcrição SOXD/genética , Proteína Smad6/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Ubiquitina-Proteína Ligases/genética , Proteínas rac1 de Ligação ao GTP/genética
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Nat Genet ; 48(8): 877-87, 2016 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27399968

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Numerous genes are associated with neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but their dysfunction is often poorly characterized. Here we identified dominant mutations in the gene encoding the transcriptional repressor and MeCP2 interactor switch-insensitive 3 family member A (SIN3A; chromosome 15q24.2) in individuals who, in addition to mild intellectual disability and ASD, share striking features, including facial dysmorphisms, microcephaly and short stature. This phenotype is highly related to that of individuals with atypical 15q24 microdeletions, linking SIN3A to this microdeletion syndrome. Brain magnetic resonance imaging showed subtle abnormalities, including corpus callosum hypoplasia and ventriculomegaly. Intriguingly, in vivo functional knockdown of Sin3a led to reduced cortical neurogenesis, altered neuronal identity and aberrant corticocortical projections in the developing mouse brain. Together, our data establish that haploinsufficiency of SIN3A is associated with mild syndromic intellectual disability and that SIN3A can be considered to be a key transcriptional regulator of cortical brain development.


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Córtex Cerebral/patologia , Haploinsuficiência/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/patologia , Proteína 2 de Ligação a Metil-CpG/metabolismo , Mutação/genética , Neurogênese/fisiologia , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Anormalidades Múltiplas , Adolescente , Adulto , Agenesia do Corpo Caloso/genética , Agenesia do Corpo Caloso/patologia , Animais , Córtex Cerebral/metabolismo , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Deleção Cromossômica , Feminino , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Fenótipo , Proteínas Repressoras/metabolismo , Síndrome , Adulto Jovem
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BMC Med Genomics ; 9: 7, 2016 Feb 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26846091

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BACKGROUND: Clinical and genetic heterogeneity in monogenetic disorders represents a major diagnostic challenge. Although the presence of particular clinical features may aid in identifying a specific cause in some cases, the majority of patients remain undiagnosed. Here, we investigated the utility of whole-exome sequencing as a diagnostic approach for establishing a molecular diagnosis in a highly heterogeneous group of patients with varied intellectual disability and microcephaly. METHODS: Whole-exome sequencing was performed in 38 patients, including three sib-pairs, in addition to or in parallel with genetic analyses that were performed during the diagnostic work-up of the study participants. RESULTS: In ten out of these 35 families (29 %), we found mutations in genes already known to be related to a disorder in which microcephaly is a main feature. Two unrelated patients had mutations in the ASPM gene. In seven other patients we found mutations in RAB3GAP1, RNASEH2B, KIF11, ERCC8, CASK, DYRK1A and BRCA2. In one of the sib-pairs, mutations were found in the RTTN gene. Mutations were present in seven out of our ten families with an established etiological diagnosis with recessive inheritance. CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrate that whole-exome sequencing is a powerful tool for the diagnostic evaluation of patients with highly heterogeneous neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disability with microcephaly. Our results confirm that autosomal recessive disorders are highly prevalent among patients with microcephaly.


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Exoma/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/complicações , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Microcefalia/complicações , Microcefalia/genética , Análise de Sequência de DNA/métodos , Adolescente , Adulto , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Adulto Jovem
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Eur J Paediatr Neurol ; 20(3): 489-92, 2016 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26818399

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We describe an 18-year-old male patient with myoclonic astatic epilepsy (MAE), moderate to severe intellectual disability, behavioural problems, several dysmorphisms and a 1.2-Mb de novo deletion on chromosome 16p11.2. This deletion results in haploinsufficiency of STX1B and other genes. Recently, variants in the STX1B gene have been associated with a wide spectrum of fever-related epilepsies ranging from single febrile seizures to severe epileptic encephalopathies. Two previously reported patients with a STX1B missense variant or deletion were diagnosed with MAE. Our observation of a STX1B deletion in a third patient with MAE therefore supports that STX1B gene variants or deletions can be involved in the aetiology of MAE. Furthermore, STX1B encodes for syntaxin-1B, of which interaction with the protein encoded by the STXBP1 gene is essential for the regulation of the synaptic transmission of neurotransmitters. STXBP1 gene variants have been identified in patients with many different types of epilepsy, including Dravet syndrome and epileptic encephalopathies, suggesting STX1B plays a similar role. We recommend that analysis of STX1B should be considered in the diagnostic work-up of individuals with MAE.


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Epilepsias Mioclônicas/genética , Haploinsuficiência/genética , Sintaxina 1/genética , Adolescente , Epilepsias Mioclônicas/diagnóstico , Humanos , Masculino , Deleção de Sequência/genética
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26115761

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BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests that long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCPUFA) availability in utero could program later health. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to explore whether prenatal LCPUFA availability could be involved in programming cardiometabolic disease risk at childhood. METHODS: Data of 242 mother-child pairs from the Maastricht Essential Fatty Acid Birth (MEFAB) cohort were used. Multi-variable linear regression analysis was applied to identify associations between maternal LCPUFA concentrations around weeks 11, 22 and 32 of pregnancy and at time of delivery and cardiometabolic risk factors of their children (glucose metabolism, blood lipids, and blood pressure) at age 7. RESULTS: Maternal eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5n-3) at week 11 of pregnancy was negatively associated with children׳s glucose (B=-0.34mmol/L; 95% CI: -0.56, -0.12). Positive associations were found between maternal linoleic acid (18:2n-6) at time of delivery and children׳s proinsulin (B=0.25pmol/L; 95% CI: 0.08, 0.41); maternal 3-docosapentaenoic acid (22:5n-3) at week 11 and children׳s total cholesterol (B=1.23mmol/L; 95% CI: 0.45, 2.01) and low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (B=1.12mmol/L; 95% CI: 0.42, 1.82); and maternal osbond acid (22:5n-6) at week 22 and tetracosadienoic acid (24:2n-6) at week 32 and children׳s diastolic blood pressure (B=16.86mmHg; 95% CI: 7.63, 26.08 and B=17.75mmHg; 95% CI: 6.37, 29.94, respectively). CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that maternal omega-6 (n-6) fatty acids may be of particular importance in relation to children׳s glucose metabolism and blood pressure, whereas omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids seem particularly related to blood lipids at childhood. In general, the strength of the associations appeared stronger with fatty acid concentrations in early pregnancy compared to late pregnancy.


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Doenças Cardiovasculares/etiologia , Ácidos Graxos Essenciais/sangue , Ácidos Graxos Insaturados/efeitos adversos , Doenças Metabólicas/etiologia , Adulto , Pressão Sanguínea , Índice de Massa Corporal , Criança , Estudos de Coortes , Ácidos Graxos Insaturados/sangue , Feminino , Glucose/metabolismo , Humanos , Recém-Nascido , Masculino , Troca Materno-Fetal , Gravidez , Fatores de Risco
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Hum Pathol ; 46(6): 923-8, 2015 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25804906

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ADAM metallopeptidase domain 17 (ADAM17) is responsible for processing large numbers of proteins. Recently, 1 family involving 2 patients with a homozygous mutation in ADAM17 were described, presenting with skin lesions and diarrhea. In this report, we describe a second family confirming the existence of this syndrome. The proband presented with severe diarrhea, skin rash, and recurrent sepsis, eventually leading to her death at the age of 10 months. We performed exome sequencing and detailed pathological and immunological investigations. We identified a novel homozygous frameshift mutation in ADAM17 (NM_003183.4:c.308dupA) leading to a premature stop codon. CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-cell stimulation assays showed severely diminished tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin-2 production. Skin biopsies indicated a focal neutrophilic infiltrate and spongiotic dermatitis. Interestingly, the patient developed unexplained systolic hypertension and nonspecific hepatitis with apoptosis. This report provides evidence for an important role of ADAM17 in human immunological response and underscores its multiorgan involvement.


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Proteínas ADAM/deficiência , Mutação da Fase de Leitura/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Insuficiência de Múltiplos Órgãos/etiologia , Proteína ADAM17 , Evolução Fatal , Feminino , Homozigoto , Humanos , Lactente , Insuficiência de Múltiplos Órgãos/genética , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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