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Int Heart J ; 61(5): 1049-1055, 2020 Sep 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32921676

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While a KCND3 V392I mutation uniquely displays a mixed electrophysiological phenotype of Kv4.3, only limited clinical information on the mutation carriers is available. We report two teenage siblings exhibiting both cardiac (early repolarization syndrome and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation) and cerebral phenotypes (epilepsy and intellectual disability), in whom we identified the KCND3 V392I mutation. We propose a link between the KCND3 mutation with a mixed electrophysiological phenotype and cardiocerebral phenotypes, which may be defined as a novel cardiocerebral channelopathy.


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Fibrilação Atrial/genética , Canalopatias/genética , Epilepsias Parciais/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Canais de Potássio Shal/genética , Adolescente , Morte Súbita Cardíaca , Eletrocardiografia , Eletroencefalografia , Feminino , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mães , Mutação , Linhagem , Irmãos , Síncope/genética , Adulto Jovem
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 99(33): e21632, 2020 Aug 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32872024

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INTRODUCTION: The oligophrenin-1 (OPHN1) gene, localized on the X chromosome, is a Rho-GTPase activating protein that is related to syndromic X-linked intellectual disability (XLID). XLID, characterized by brain anomalies, namely cerebellar hypoplasia, specific facial features, and intellectual disability, is produced by different mutations in the OPHN1 gene. PATIENT CONCERNS: In this report, we present the clinical and molecular findings of a family affected by a mild XLID due to a deletion in the OPHN1 gene, exon 21, Xq12 region using Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA) analysis. The clinical features present in the family are a mild developmental delay, behavioral disturbances, facial dysmorphism, pes planus, nystagmus, strabismus, epilepsy, and occipital arachnoid cyst. INTERVENTIONS: The MLPA analysis was performed for investigation of the copy number variations within the X chromosome for the family. DIAGNOSIS AND OUTCOME: The MLPA analysis detected a deletion in the OPHN1 gene, exon 21 for the proband, and a heterozygous deletion for the probands mother. The deletion of the Xq12 region of maternal origin, including the exon 21 of the OPHN1 gene, confirmed for the probands nephew. LESSONS: Our findings emphasize the utility of the MLPA analysis to identify deletions in the OPHN1 gene responsible for syndromic XLID. Therefore, we suggest that MLPA analysis should be performed as an alternative diagnostic test for all patients with a mild intellectual disability associated or not with behavioral disturbances, facial dysmorphism, and brain anomalies.


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Proteínas do Citoesqueleto/genética , Proteínas Ativadoras de GTPase/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Adolescente , Éxons , Deleção de Genes , Humanos , Masculino
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Gene ; 761: 145027, 2020 Nov 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32758583

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OBJECTIVES: Oliver-McFarlane syndrome (OMCS) is an autosomal recessive inherited disease resulting from PNPLA6 mutations that results in intellectual impairment and profound short stature. To obtain a better understanding of the genotype-phenotype correlations for PNPLA6-related disorders, we reported the 14th OMCS case and summarized all the reported cases of OMCS. METHODS: We collected clinical biochemical and data and brain MRI data and used whole-exon gene detection and analysis tools to evaluate the pathogenicity of the variants, including PolyPhen-2 and Mutation Taster, and we also generated three-dimensional protein structures and visualized the effects of altered residues with I-TASSER and PyMOL Viewer software. RESULTS: The patient presented with trichomegaly and multiple pituitary hormone deficiencies. Brain MRI showed small pituitary and bilateral paraventricular leukomalacia. Novel variants (c.1491G > T and c.3367G > A) in the PNPLA6 gene were detected in the proband and verified by direct sequencing. Amino acid residues of Gln497 and Gly1123 are predicted to be damaging and destroy the three-dimensional protein structures of the protein. In follow-up, this patient could neither walk nor hold his head erect and had not spoken one word at the age of one year and ten months. Moreover, there is no obvious hot spot mutation in any of the reported allelic variants. Interestingly, the majority of mutations are located in the phospholipid esterase domain, which is responsible for esterase activity. CONCLUSIONS: We identified two novel variants of the PNPLA6 gene in an OMCS patient, which will help to better understand the function of PNPLA6 and genotype-phenotype correlations for PNPLA6-related disorders.


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Blefaroptose/diagnóstico , Blefaroptose/genética , Nanismo/diagnóstico , Nanismo/genética , Hipertricose/diagnóstico , Hipertricose/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/diagnóstico , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Fosfolipases/genética , Retinite Pigmentosa/diagnóstico , Retinite Pigmentosa/genética , Alelos , China , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/diagnóstico , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/genética , Frequência do Gene/genética , Estudos de Associação Genética , Genótipo , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Mutação , Fenótipo , Fosfolipases/metabolismo
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Am J Hum Genet ; 107(3): 555-563, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32758449

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Helsmoortel-Van der Aa syndrome (HVDAS) is a neurodevelopmental condition associated with intellectual disability/developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and multiple medical comorbidities. HVDAS is caused by mutations in activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP). A recent study identified genome-wide DNA methylation changes in 22 individuals with HVDAS, adding to the group of neurodevelopmental disorders with an epigenetic signature. This methylation signature segregated those with HVDAS into two groups based on the location of the mutations. Here, we conducted an independent study on 24 individuals with HVDAS and replicated the existence of the two mutation-dependent episignatures. To probe whether the two distinct episignatures correlate with clinical outcomes, we used deep behavioral and neurobiological data from two prospective cohorts of individuals with a genetic diagnosis of HVDAS. We found limited phenotypic differences between the two HVDAS-affected groups and no evidence that individuals with more widespread methylation changes are more severely affected. Moreover, in spite of the methylation changes, we observed no profound alterations in the blood transcriptome of individuals with HVDAS. Our data warrant caution in harnessing methylation signatures in HVDAS as a tool for clinical stratification, at least with regard to behavioral phenotypes.


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Transtorno do Espectro Autista/genética , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Transtorno do Espectro Autista/patologia , Criança , Metilação de DNA/genética , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/genética , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/patologia , Epigênese Genética/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/patologia , Masculino , Mutação/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/patologia , Fenótipo , Transcriptoma/genética
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Am J Hum Genet ; 107(3): 564-574, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32822602

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KAT5 encodes an essential lysine acetyltransferase, previously called TIP60, which is involved in regulating gene expression, DNA repair, chromatin remodeling, apoptosis, and cell proliferation; but it remains unclear whether variants in this gene cause a genetic disease. Here, we study three individuals with heterozygous de novo missense variants in KAT5 that affect normally invariant residues, with one at the chromodomain (p.Arg53His) and two at or near the acetyl-CoA binding site (p.Cys369Ser and p.Ser413Ala). All three individuals have cerebral malformations, seizures, global developmental delay or intellectual disability, and severe sleep disturbance. Progressive cerebellar atrophy was also noted. Histone acetylation assays with purified variant KAT5 demonstrated that the variants decrease or abolish the ability of the resulting NuA4/TIP60 multi-subunit complexes to acetylate the histone H4 tail in chromatin. Transcriptomic analysis in affected individual fibroblasts showed deregulation of multiple genes that control development. Moreover, there was also upregulated expression of PER1 (a key gene involved in circadian control) in agreement with sleep anomalies in all of the individuals. In conclusion, dominant missense KAT5 variants cause histone acetylation deficiency with transcriptional dysregulation of multiples genes, thereby leading to a neurodevelopmental syndrome with sleep disturbance, cerebellar atrophy, and facial dysmorphisms, and suggesting a recognizable syndrome.


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Atrofia/genética , Doenças Cerebelares/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Lisina Acetiltransferase 5/genética , Anormalidades Múltiplas/diagnóstico por imagem , Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Anormalidades Múltiplas/fisiopatologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Atrofia/diagnóstico por imagem , Atrofia/fisiopatologia , Doenças Cerebelares/diagnóstico por imagem , Doenças Cerebelares/fisiopatologia , Pré-Escolar , Cromatina/genética , Montagem e Desmontagem da Cromatina/genética , Reparo do DNA/genética , Epilepsia/diagnóstico por imagem , Epilepsia/genética , Epilepsia/fisiopatologia , Feminino , Heterozigoto , Histonas/genética , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/diagnóstico por imagem , Deficiência Intelectual/fisiopatologia , Masculino , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto/genética , Processamento de Proteína Pós-Traducional/genética
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Am J Hum Genet ; 107(3): 544-554, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32730804

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RNA polymerase II interacts with various other complexes and factors to ensure correct initiation, elongation, and termination of mRNA transcription. One of these proteins is SR-related CTD-associated factor 4 (SCAF4), which is important for correct usage of polyA sites for mRNA termination. Using exome sequencing and international matchmaking, we identified nine likely pathogenic germline variants in SCAF4 including two splice-site and seven truncating variants, all residing in the N-terminal two thirds of the protein. Eight of these variants occurred de novo, and one was inherited. Affected individuals demonstrated a variable neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by mild intellectual disability, seizures, behavioral abnormalities, and various skeletal and structural anomalies. Paired-end RNA sequencing on blood lymphocytes of SCAF4-deficient individuals revealed a broad deregulation of more than 9,000 genes and significant differential splicing of more than 2,900 genes, indicating an important role of SCAF4 in mRNA processing. Knockdown of the SCAF4 ortholog CG4266 in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster resulted in impaired locomotor function, learning, and short-term memory. Furthermore, we observed an increased number of active zones in larval neuromuscular junctions, representing large glutamatergic synapses. These observations indicate a role of CG4266 in nervous system development and function and support the implication of SCAF4 in neurodevelopmental phenotypes. In summary, our data show that heterozygous, likely gene-disrupting variants in SCAF4 are causative for a variable neurodevelopmental disorder associated with impaired mRNA processing.


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Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Convulsões/genética , Fatores de Processamento de Serina-Arginina/genética , Animais , Criança , Drosophila melanogaster/genética , Feminino , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Variação Genética/genética , Heterozigoto , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/fisiopatologia , Locomoção/genética , Masculino , Mutação/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/fisiopatologia , RNA Polimerase II/genética , Processamento Pós-Transcricional do RNA/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Convulsões/fisiopatologia , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma
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Am J Hum Genet ; 107(2): 352-363, 2020 08 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32693025

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MORC2 encodes an ATPase that plays a role in chromatin remodeling, DNA repair, and transcriptional regulation. Heterozygous variants in MORC2 have been reported in individuals with autosomal-dominant Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2Z and spinal muscular atrophy, and the onset of symptoms ranges from infancy to the second decade of life. Here, we present a cohort of 20 individuals referred for exome sequencing who harbor pathogenic variants in the ATPase module of MORC2. Individuals presented with a similar phenotype consisting of developmental delay, intellectual disability, growth retardation, microcephaly, and variable craniofacial dysmorphism. Weakness, hyporeflexia, and electrophysiologic abnormalities suggestive of neuropathy were frequently observed but were not the predominant feature. Five of 18 individuals for whom brain imaging was available had lesions reminiscent of those observed in Leigh syndrome, and five of six individuals who had dilated eye exams had retinal pigmentary abnormalities. Functional assays revealed that these MORC2 variants result in hyperactivation of epigenetic silencing by the HUSH complex, supporting their pathogenicity. The described set of morphological, growth, developmental, and neurological findings and medical concerns expands the spectrum of genetic disorders resulting from pathogenic variants in MORC2.


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Adenosina Trifosfatases/genética , Anormalidades Craniofaciais/genética , Transtornos do Crescimento/genética , Mutação/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Doenças Genéticas Inatas/genética , Heterozigoto , Humanos , Lactente , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Masculino , Microcefalia/genética , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Fenótipo , Adulto Jovem
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BMC Bioinformatics ; 21(1): 273, 2020 Jul 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32611382

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BACKGROUND: Exome and genome sequencing is becoming the method of choice for rare disease diagnostics. One of the key challenges remaining is distinguishing the disease causing variants from the benign background variation. After analysis and annotation of the sequencing data there are typically thousands of candidate variants requiring further investigation. One of the most effective and least biased ways to reduce this number is to assess the rarity of a variant in any population. Currently, there are a number of reliable sources of information for major population frequencies when considering single nucleotide variants (SNVs) and small insertion and deletions (INDELs), with gnomAD as the most prominent public resource available. However, local variation or frequencies in sub-populations may be underrepresented in these public resources. In contrast, for structural variation (SV), the background frequency in the general population is more or less unknown mostly due to challenges in calling SVs in a consistent way. Keeping track of local variation is one way to overcome these problems and significantly reduce the number of potential disease causing variants retained for manual inspection, both for SNVs and SVs. RESULTS: Here, we present loqusdb, a tool to solve the challenge of keeping track of any type of variant observations from genome sequencing data. Loqusdb was designed to handle a large flow of samples and unlike other solutions, samples can be added continuously to the database without rebuilding it, facilitating improvements and additions. We assessed the added value of a local observations database using 98 samples annotated with information from a background of 888 unrelated individuals. CONCLUSIONS: We show both how powerful SV analysis can be when filtering for population frequencies and how the number of apparently rare SNVs/INDELs can be reduced by adding local population information even after annotating the data with other large frequency databases, such as gnomAD. In conclusion, we show that a local frequency database is an attractive, and a necessary addition to the publicly available databases that facilitate the analysis of exome and genome data in a clinical setting.


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Variação Genética , Interface Usuário-Computador , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Humanos , Mutação INDEL , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/patologia , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3351, 2020 07 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32620897

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The sodium-leak channel NALCN forms a subthreshold sodium conductance that controls the resting membrane potentials of neurons. The auxiliary subunits of the channel and their functions in mammals are largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that two large proteins UNC80 and UNC79 are subunits of the NALCN complex. UNC80 knockout mice are neonatal lethal. The C-terminus of UNC80 contains a domain that interacts with UNC79 and overcomes a soma-retention signal to achieve dendritic localization. UNC80 lacking this domain, as found in human patients, still supports whole-cell NALCN currents but lacks dendritic localization. Our results establish the subunit composition of the NALCN complex, uncover the inter-subunit interaction domains, reveal the functional significance of regulation of dendritic membrane potential by the sodium-leak channel complex, and provide evidence supporting that genetic variations found in individuals with intellectual disability are the causes for the phenotype observed in patients.


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Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Canais Iônicos/metabolismo , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Animais , Proteínas de Transporte/metabolismo , Criança , Análise Mutacional de DNA , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Dendritos/patologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Técnicas de Introdução de Genes , Células HEK293 , Hipocampo/citologia , Hipocampo/patologia , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/diagnóstico , Deficiência Intelectual/patologia , Canais Iônicos/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Mutação , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Cultura Primária de Células , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3698, 2020 07 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32703943

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Intellectual disability (ID) is a heterogeneous clinical entity and includes an excess of males who harbor variants on the X-chromosome (XLID). We report rare FAM50A missense variants in the original Armfield XLID syndrome family localized in Xq28 and four additional unrelated males with overlapping features. Our fam50a knockout (KO) zebrafish model exhibits abnormal neurogenesis and craniofacial patterning, and in vivo complementation assays indicate that the patient-derived variants are hypomorphic. RNA sequencing analysis from fam50a KO zebrafish show dysregulation of the transcriptome, with augmented spliceosome mRNAs and depletion of transcripts involved in neurodevelopment. Zebrafish RNA-seq datasets show a preponderance of 3' alternative splicing events in fam50a KO, suggesting a role in the spliceosome C complex. These data are supported with transcriptomic signatures from cell lines derived from affected individuals and FAM50A protein-protein interaction data. In sum, Armfield XLID syndrome is a spliceosomopathy associated with aberrant mRNA processing during development.


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Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Retardo Mental Ligado ao Cromossomo X/genética , Mutação/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , Spliceossomos/metabolismo , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/genética , Adulto , Animais , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Família , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto/genética , Células NIH 3T3 , Linhagem , Fenótipo , Transporte Proteico , Processamento de RNA/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , RNA Nuclear Pequeno/genética , Síndrome , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo
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Cytogenet Genome Res ; 160(6): 321-328, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32535594

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Balanced chromosomal rearrangements are usually associated with a normal phenotype, although in some individuals, phenotypic alterations are observed. In these patients, molecular characterization of the breakpoints can reveal the pathogenic mechanism, providing the annotation of disease-associated loci and a better genotype-phenotype correlation. In this study, we describe a patient with a balanced reciprocal translocation between 4q27 and 7p22 associated with neurodevelopmental delay. We performed cytogenetic evaluation, next-generation sequencing of microdissected derivative chromosomes, and Sanger sequencing of the junction points to define the translocation's breakpoints at base pair resolution. We found that the PCDH10 and TNRC18 genes were disrupted by the breakpoints at chromosomes 4 and 7, respectively, with the formation of chimeric genes at the junction points. Gene expression studies in the patient's peripheral blood showed reduced expression of TNRC18, a gene with unknown function and clinical significance. PCDH10 plays a role in the development of the nervous system and might be involved with the patient's neurodevelopmental delay. In this study, the full molecular characterization of the junction points was shown as an efficient tool for fine breakpoint mapping in balanced translocations in order to unmask gene disruptions and investigate the potential pathogenic role of the disrupted genes.


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Caderinas/genética , Pontos de Quebra do Cromossomo , Cromossomos Humanos Par 4/genética , Cromossomos Humanos Par 7/genética , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/genética , Translocação Genética/genética , Adulto , Sequência de Bases , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Recém-Nascido , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/psicologia , Transtornos do Neurodesenvolvimento/psicologia
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Cytogenet Genome Res ; 160(6): 309-315, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32599602

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Warburg micro syndrome (WARBM) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by microcephaly, cortical dysplasia, intellectual disability, ocular abnormalities, spastic diplegia, and microgenitalia. WARBM has 4 subtypes arising from pathogenic variants in 4 genes (RAB18, RAB3GAP1, RAB3GAP2, and TBC1D20). Here, we report on a patient with a homozygous pathogenic c.665delC (p.Pro222HisfsTer30) variant in the RAB3GAP1 gene identified by whole-exome sequencing (WES) analyses. Only his father was a heterozygous carrier, and homozygosity mapping analysis of the WES data revealed large loss-of-heterozygosity regions in both arms of chromosome 2, interpreted as uniparental isodisomy. This uniparental disomy pattern could be due to paternal meiosis I nondisjunction because of the preserved heterozygosity in the pericentromeric region. This report provides novel insights, including a rare form of UPD, usage of homozygosity mapping analysis for the evaluation of isodisomy, and the first reported case of WARBM1 as a result of uniparental isodisomy.


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Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Catarata/congênito , Cromossomos Humanos Par 2/genética , Córnea/anormalidades , Homozigoto , Hipogonadismo/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Microcefalia/genética , Atrofia Óptica/genética , Dissomia Uniparental/genética , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma , Adolescente , Adulto , Catarata/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Perda de Heterozigosidade/genética , Masculino , Pais , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único/genética , Proteínas rab3 de Ligação ao GTP/genética
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J Genet ; 992020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32529990

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IQSEC2 is an X-linked gene highly expressed at the excitatory synapses where it plays a crucial role in α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor trafficking and synaptic plasticity. To date, several males and females with severe to profound intellectual disability have been reported harbouring frameshift and nonsense variants in this gene, whereas a milder phenotype has been recognized in females carrying missense pathogenic variants. Here, we report two novel IQSEC2 variants in four females with psychiatric features and otherwise variable cognitive impairment. A female (case 1) with severe verbal language learning disorder and a psychotic episode (precipitated by exposure to anti-contraceptive pill) harboured a de novo pathogenic frameshift variant (c.1170dupG,p.Gln391Alafs*5), whereas the female proband of family 2, displaying severe psychomotor regression and complex psychiatric features carried a missense variant of uncertain significance (c.770G[A,p.Ser257Asn) that was maternally inherited. Skewed X-inactivation was noted in the carrier mother. The maternal aunt, affected by schizophrenia, was found to bear the same IQSEC2 variant. We discuss the variable clinical presentation of IQSEC2 spectrum disorders and the challenging genotype-phenotype correlation, including the possible role of environmental factors as triggers for decompensation. Our report highlights how psychiatric features may be the main clinical presentation in subtle IQSEC2 phenotype, suggesting that the prevalence of IQSEC2 mutations in patients with psychiatric disorders may be underestimated.


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Fatores de Troca do Nucleotídeo Guanina/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Mutação/genética , Feminino , Genes Ligados ao Cromossomo X , Estudos de Associação Genética , Humanos , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma , Inativação do Cromossomo X
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 2929, 2020 06 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32522981

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Joint analysis of multiple traits can result in the identification of associations not found through the analysis of each trait in isolation. Studies of neuropsychiatric disorders and congenital heart disease (CHD) which use de novo mutations (DNMs) from parent-offspring trios have reported multiple putatively causal genes. However, a joint analysis method designed to integrate DNMs from multiple studies has yet to be implemented. We here introduce multiple-trait TADA (mTADA) which jointly analyzes two traits using DNMs from non-overlapping family samples. We first demonstrate that mTADA is able to leverage genetic overlaps to increase the statistical power of risk-gene identification. We then apply mTADA to large datasets of >13,000 trios for five neuropsychiatric disorders and CHD. We report additional risk genes for schizophrenia, epileptic encephalopathies and CHD. We outline some shared and specific biological information of intellectual disability and CHD by conducting systems biology analyses of genes prioritized by mTADA.


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Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Mutação/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença/genética , Humanos , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma/métodos
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(13): 7239-7251, 2020 07 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32542379

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Telomeres cap the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes and distinguish them from broken DNA ends to suppress DNA damage response, cell cycle arrest and genomic instability. Telomeres are elongated by telomerase to compensate for incomplete replication and nuclease degradation and to extend the proliferation potential of germ and stem cells and most cancers. However, telomeres in somatic cells gradually shorten with age, ultimately leading to cellular senescence. Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome (HHS) is characterized by accelerated telomere shortening and diverse symptoms including bone marrow failure, immunodeficiency, and neurodevelopmental defects. HHS is caused by germline mutations in telomerase subunits, factors essential for its biogenesis and recruitment to telomeres, and in the helicase RTEL1. While diverse phenotypes were associated with RTEL1 deficiency, the telomeric role of RTEL1 affected in HHS is yet unknown. Inducible ectopic expression of wild-type RTEL1 in patient fibroblasts rescued the cells, enabled telomerase-dependent telomere elongation and suppressed the abnormal cellular phenotypes, while silencing its expression resulted in gradual telomere shortening. Our observations reveal an essential role of the RTEL1 C-terminus in facilitating telomerase action at the telomeric 3' overhang. Thus, the common etiology for HHS is the compromised telomerase action, resulting in telomere shortening and reduced lifespan of telomerase positive cells.


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DNA Helicases/metabolismo , Disceratose Congênita/genética , Retardo do Crescimento Fetal/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Microcefalia/genética , Homeostase do Telômero , Células Cultivadas , DNA Helicases/química , DNA Helicases/genética , Fibroblastos/metabolismo , Humanos , Domínios Proteicos , Telomerase/genética , Telomerase/metabolismo , Encurtamento do Telômero
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Cytogenet Genome Res ; 160(5): 245-254, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32485717

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Chromosomal microdeletion syndromes present with a wide spectrum of clinical phenotypes that depend on the size and gene content of the affected region. In a healthy carrier, epigenetic mechanisms may compensate for the same microdeletion, which may segregate through several generations without any clinical symptoms until the epigenetic modifications no longer function. We report 2 novel cases of Xq24 microdeletions inherited from mothers with extremely skewed X-chromosome inactivation (sXCI). The first case is a boy presenting with X-linked mental retardation, Nascimento type, due to a 168-kb Xq24 microdeletion involving 5 genes (CXorf56, UBE2A, NKRF, SEPT6, and MIR766) inherited from a healthy mother and grandmother with sXCI. In the second family, the presence of a 239-kb Xq24 microdeletion involving 3 additional genes (SLC25A43, SLC25A5-AS1, and SLC25A5) was detected in a woman with sXCI and a history of recurrent pregnancy loss with a maternal family history without reproductive wastages or products of conception. These cases provide evidence that women with an Xq24 microdeletion and sXCI may be at risk for having a child with intellectual disability or for experiencing a pregnancy loss due to the ontogenetic pleiotropy of a chromosomal microdeletion and its incomplete penetrance modified by sXCI.


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Aborto Habitual/genética , Deleção Cromossômica , Cromossomos Humanos X/genética , Mães , Enzimas de Conjugação de Ubiquitina/deficiência , Enzimas de Conjugação de Ubiquitina/genética , Inativação do Cromossomo X/genética , Adulto , Pré-Escolar , Epigênese Genética , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Recém-Nascido , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Masculino , Fenótipo , Síndrome , Adulto Jovem
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Hum Genet ; 139(11): 1363-1379, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32424618

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We report truncating de novo variants in specific exons of FBRSL1 in three unrelated children with an overlapping syndromic phenotype with respiratory insufficiency, postnatal growth restriction, microcephaly, global developmental delay and other malformations. The function of FBRSL1 is largely unknown. Interestingly, mutations in the FBRSL1 paralogue AUTS2 lead to an intellectual disability syndrome (AUTS2 syndrome). We determined human FBRSL1 transcripts and describe protein-coding forms by Western blot analysis as well as the cellular localization by immunocytochemistry stainings. All detected mutations affect the two short N-terminal isoforms, which show a ubiquitous expression in fetal tissues. Next, we performed a Fbrsl1 knockdown in Xenopus laevis embryos to explore the role of Fbrsl1 during development and detected craniofacial abnormalities and a disturbance in neurite outgrowth. The aberrant phenotype in Xenopus laevis embryos could be rescued with a human N-terminal isoform, while the long isoform and the N-terminal isoform containing the mutation p.Gln163* isolated from a patient could not rescue the craniofacial defects caused by Fbrsl1 depletion. Based on these data, we propose that the disruption of the validated N-terminal isoforms of FBRSL1 at critical timepoints during embryogenesis leads to a hitherto undescribed complex neurodevelopmental syndrome.


Assuntos
Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Linfocinas/genética , Mutação/genética , Anormalidades Múltiplas/genética , Adolescente , Animais , Criança , Éxons/genética , Humanos , Masculino , Fenótipo , Isoformas de Proteínas/genética , Síndrome , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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Hum Genet ; 139(11): 1381-1390, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32399599

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Developmental disorders (DD), characterized by malformations/dysmorphism and/or intellectual disability, affecting around 3% of worldwide population, are mostly linked to genetic anomalies. Despite clinical exome sequencing (cES) centered on genes involved in human genetic disorders, the majority of patients affected by DD remain undiagnosed after solo-cES. Trio-based strategy is expected to facilitate variant selection thanks to rapid parental segregation. We performed a second step trio-ES (not only focusing on genes involved in human disorders) analysis in 70 patients with negative results after solo-cES. All candidate variants were shared with a MatchMaking exchange system to identify additional patients carrying variants in the same genes and with similar phenotype. In 18/70 patients (26%), we confirmed causal implication of nine OMIM-morbid genes and identified nine new strong candidate genes (eight de novo and one compound heterozygous variants). These nine new candidate genes were validated through the identification of patients with similar phenotype and genotype thanks to data sharing. Moreover, 11 genes harbored variants of unknown significance in 10/70 patients (14%). In DD, a second step trio-based ES analysis appears an efficient strategy in diagnostic and translational research to identify highly candidate genes and improve diagnostic yield.


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Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/genética , Exoma/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Feminino , Genômica/métodos , Humanos , Masculino , Fenótipo , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma/métodos
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Nature ; 581(7809): 452-458, 2020 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32461655

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The acceleration of DNA sequencing in samples from patients and population studies has resulted in extensive catalogues of human genetic variation, but the interpretation of rare genetic variants remains problematic. A notable example of this challenge is the existence of disruptive variants in dosage-sensitive disease genes, even in apparently healthy individuals. Here, by manual curation of putative loss-of-function (pLoF) variants in haploinsufficient disease genes in the Genome Aggregation Database (gnomAD)1, we show that one explanation for this paradox involves alternative splicing of mRNA, which allows exons of a gene to be expressed at varying levels across different cell types. Currently, no existing annotation tool systematically incorporates information about exon expression into the interpretation of variants. We develop a transcript-level annotation metric known as the 'proportion expressed across transcripts', which quantifies isoform expression for variants. We calculate this metric using 11,706 tissue samples from the Genotype Tissue Expression (GTEx) project2 and show that it can differentiate between weakly and highly evolutionarily conserved exons, a proxy for functional importance. We demonstrate that expression-based annotation selectively filters 22.8% of falsely annotated pLoF variants found in haploinsufficient disease genes in gnomAD, while removing less than 4% of high-confidence pathogenic variants in the same genes. Finally, we apply our expression filter to the analysis of de novo variants in patients with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability or developmental disorders to show that pLoF variants in weakly expressed regions have similar effect sizes to those of synonymous variants, whereas pLoF variants in highly expressed exons are most strongly enriched among cases. Our annotation is fast, flexible and generalizable, making it possible for any variant file to be annotated with any isoform expression dataset, and will be valuable for the genetic diagnosis of rare diseases, the analysis of rare variant burden in complex disorders, and the curation and prioritization of variants in recall-by-genotype studies.


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Doença/genética , Haploinsuficiência/genética , Mutação com Perda de Função/genética , Anotação de Sequência Molecular , Transcrição Genética , Transcriptoma/genética , Transtorno do Espectro Autista/genética , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/genética , Éxons/genética , Feminino , Genótipo , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Masculino , Anotação de Sequência Molecular/normas , Distribuição de Poisson , RNA Mensageiro/análise , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Doenças Raras/diagnóstico , Doenças Raras/genética , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma
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Nat Struct Mol Biol ; 27(5): 438-449, 2020 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32398829

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The SLX4 tumor suppressor is a scaffold that plays a pivotal role in several aspects of genome protection, including homologous recombination, interstrand DNA crosslink repair and the maintenance of common fragile sites and telomeres. Here, we unravel an unexpected direct interaction between SLX4 and the DNA helicase RTEL1, which, until now, were viewed as having independent and antagonistic functions. We identify cancer and Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome-associated mutations in SLX4 and RTEL1, respectively, that abolish SLX4-RTEL1 complex formation. We show that both proteins are recruited to nascent DNA, tightly co-localize with active RNA pol II, and that SLX4, in complex with RTEL1, promotes FANCD2/RNA pol II co-localization. Importantly, disrupting the SLX4-RTEL1 interaction leads to DNA replication defects in unstressed cells, which are rescued by inhibiting transcription. Our data demonstrate that SLX4 and RTEL1 interact to prevent replication-transcription conflicts and provide evidence that this is independent of the nuclease scaffold function of SLX4.


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DNA Helicases/metabolismo , Replicação do DNA , Recombinases/metabolismo , Transcrição Genética , DNA Helicases/genética , Disceratose Congênita/genética , Proteína do Grupo de Complementação D2 da Anemia de Fanconi/genética , Proteína do Grupo de Complementação D2 da Anemia de Fanconi/metabolismo , Retardo do Crescimento Fetal/genética , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa , Células HeLa , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Microcefalia/genética , Recombinases/genética
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