Neurology Genetics

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ISSN / EISSN : 23767839 / 23767839
Current Publisher: Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health) (10.1212)
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Ling Wei, Yanghua Tian, Yongping Chen, Qianqian Wei, Fangfang Chen, Bei Cao, Ying Wu, Bi Zhao, Xueping Chen, Chengjuan Xie, et al.
Neurology Genetics, Volume 5; doi:10.1212/nxg.0000000000000375

Abstract:Objective A 2-stage genome-wide association was conducted to explore the genetic etiology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the Chinese Han population.Methods Totally, 700 cases and 4,027 controls were genotyped in the discovery stage using Illumina Human660W-Quad BeadChips. Top associated single nucleotide polymorphisms from the discovery stage were then genotyped in an independent cohort with 884 cases and 5,329 controls. Combined analysis was conducted by combining all samples from the 2 stages.Results Two novel loci, 1p31 and 12p11, showed strong associations with ALS. These novel loci explained 2.2% of overall variance in disease risk. Expression quantitative trait loci searches identified TYW/CRYZ and FGD4 as risk genes at 1p13 and 12p11, respectively.Conclusions This study identifies novel susceptibility genes for ALS. Identification of TYW3/CRYZ in the current study supports the notion that insulin resistance may be involved in ALS pathogenesis, whereas FGD4 suggests an association with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Victoria M. Ho, Dominic A. Hovsepian, Perry B. Shieh
Neurology Genetics, Volume 5; doi:10.1212/nxg.0000000000000376

Joseph M. Sliepka, Sarah C. McGriff, Linda Z. Rossetti, Peyman Bizargity, Haley Streff, Yi-Shan Lee, Hongzheng Dai, Satyamaanasa Polubothu, Grace Lee, Vicky Ren, et al.
Neurology Genetics, Volume 5; doi:10.1212/nxg.0000000000000366

Abstract:Objective To describe the findings of histopathology and genotyping studies in affected brain tissue from an individual with phacomatosis pigmentovascularis (PPV).Methods A retrospective chart review of a 2-year 10-month-old male with a clinical diagnosis of PPV cesiomarmorata (or type V) was performed. Clinical features, brain imaging and histopathology findings, and genotyping studies in his affected brain tissue are summarized.Results The proband had a clinically severe neurologic phenotype characterized by global developmental delay, generalized hypotonia, and recurrent episodes of cardiac asystole in the setting of status epilepticus. A somatic pathogenic variant in GNA11 (c.547C>T, p.Arg183Cys) was detected in his skin tissue but not in blood (previously published). He underwent an urgent left posterior quadrantectomy for his life-threatening seizures. Histopathology of resected brain tissue showed an increase in leptomeningeal melanocytes and abnormal vasculature, and the exact pathogenic variant in GNA11 (c.547C>T, p.Arg183Cys), previously isolated from his skin tissue but not blood, was detected in his resected brain tissue.Conclusions The finding of this variant in affected skin and brain tissue of our patient with PPV supports a unifying genetic diagnosis of his neurocutaneous features.
Laurence Gauquelin, Ferdy K. Cayami, László Sztriha, Grace Yoon, Luan T. Tran, Kether Guerrero, François Hocke, Rosalina M.L. Van Spaendonk, Eva L. Fung, Stefano D'arrigo, et al.
Neurology Genetics, Volume 5; doi:10.1212/nxg.0000000000000369

Abstract:Objective To determine the clinical, radiologic, and molecular characteristics of RNA polymerase III-related leukodystrophy (POLR3-HLD) caused by biallelic POLR1C pathogenic variants.Methods A cross-sectional observational study involving 25 centers worldwide was conducted. Clinical and molecular information was collected on 23 unreported and previously reported patients with POLR3-HLD and biallelic pathogenic variants in POLR1C. Brain MRI studies were reviewed.Results Fourteen female and 9 male patients aged 7 days to 23 years were included in the study. Most participants presented early in life (birth to 6 years), and motor deterioration was seen during childhood. A notable proportion of patients required a wheelchair before adolescence, suggesting a more severe phenotype than previously described in POLR3-HLD. Dental, ocular, and endocrine features were not invariably present (70%, 50%, and 50%, respectively). Five patients (22%) had a combination of hypomyelinating leukodystrophy and abnormal craniofacial development, including 1 individual with clear Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS) features. Brain MRI revealed hypomyelination in all cases, often with areas of pronounced T2 hyperintensity corresponding to T1 hypointensity of the white matter. Twenty-nine different pathogenic variants (including 12 new disease-causing variants) in POLR1C were identified.Conclusions This study provides a comprehensive description of POLR3-HLD caused by biallelic POLR1C pathogenic variants based on the largest cohort of patients to date. These results suggest distinct characteristics of POLR1C-related disorder, with a spectrum of clinical involvement characterized by hypomyelinating leukodystrophy with or without abnormal craniofacial development reminiscent of TCS.
Sonia Bhala, Ana F. Best, Neelam Giri, Blanche P. Alter, Maryland Pao, Andrea Gropman, Eva H. Baker, Sharon A. Savage
Neurology Genetics, Volume 5; doi:10.1212/nxg.0000000000000370

Abstract:Objective We systematically evaluated CNS manifestations in patients with inherited telomere biology disorders (TBDs) to better understand the clinical and biological consequences of germline aberrations in telomere biology.Methods Forty-four participants with TBDs (31 dyskeratosis congenita, 12 Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome, and 1 Revesz syndrome) enrolled in an institutional review board–approved longitudinal cohort study underwent detailed clinical assessments, brain MRI, and genetic testing. Lymphocyte telomere length Z-scores were calculated to adjust for age.Results In this cohort, 25/44 (57%) patients with a TBD had at least 1 structural brain abnormality or variant, most commonly cerebellar hypoplasia (39%). Twenty-one patients (48%) had neurodevelopmental disorder or psychomotor abnormality. Twelve had psychiatric diagnoses, including depression and/or anxiety disorders. Other findings such as hypomyelination, prominent cisterna magna, and cavum septum pellucidum were more frequent than in the general population (p < 0.001). Shorter lymphocyte telomere length was associated with an increased number of MRI findings (p = 0.02) and neurodevelopmental abnormalities (p < 0.001). Patients with autosomal recessive or X-linked TBDs had more neurologic findings than those with autosomal dominant disease.Conclusions Structural brain abnormalities and variants are common in TBDs, as are neurologic and psychiatric symptoms. The connection between neurodevelopment and telomere biology warrants future study.
Christian Rummey, Louise A. Corben, Martin B. Delatycki, S.H. Subramony, Khalaf Bushara, Christopher M. Gomez, Joseph Chad Hoyle, Grace Yoon, Bernard Ravina, Katherine D. Mathews, et al.
Neurology Genetics, Volume 5; doi:10.1212/nxg.0000000000000371

Abstract:Objective To investigate the psychometric properties of the Friedreich Ataxia Rating Scale neurologic examination (FARSn) and its subscores, as well as the influence of the modifications resulting in the now widely used modified FARS (mFARS) examination.Methods Based on cross-sectional FARS data from the FA–Clinical Outcome Measures cohort, we conducted correlation-based psychometric analyses to investigate the interplay of items and subscores within the FARSn/mFARS constructs.Results The results provide support for both the FARSn and the mFARS constructs, as well as individually for their upper limb and lower limb coordination components. The omission of the peripheral nervous system subscore (D) and 2 items of the bulbar subscore (A) in the mFARS strengthens the overall construct compared with the complete FARS.Conclusions A correlation-based psychometric analysis of the neurologic FARSn score justifies the overall validity of the scale. In addition, omission of items of limited functional significance as created in the mFARS improves the features of the measures. Such information is crucial to the ongoing application of the mFARS in natural history studies and clinical trials. Additional analyses of longitudinal changes will be necessary to fully ascertain its utility, especially in nonambulant patients.
Giulia Barcia, Nicole Chemaly, Mathieu Kuchenbuch, Monika Eisermann, Stéphanie Gobin-Limballe, Viorica Ciorna, Alfons Macaya, Laetitia Lambert, Fanny Dubois, Diane Doummar, et al.
Neurology Genetics, Volume 5; doi:10.1212/nxg.0000000000000363

Abstract:Objective To report new sporadic cases and 1 family with epilepsy of infancy with migrating focal seizures (EIMFSs) due to KCNT1 gain-of-function and to assess therapies9 efficacy including quinidine.Methods We reviewed the clinical, EEG, and molecular data of 17 new patients with EIMFS and KCNT1 mutations, in collaboration with the network of the French reference center for rare epilepsies.Results The mean seizure onset age was 1 month (range: 1 hour to 4 months), and all children had focal motor seizures with autonomic signs and migrating ictal pattern on EEG. Three children also had infantile spasms and hypsarrhythmia. The identified KCNT1 variants clustered as “hot spots” on the C-terminal domain, and all mutations occurred de novo except the p.R398Q mutation inherited from the father with nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy, present in 2 paternal uncles, one being asymptomatic and the other with single tonic-clonic seizure. In 1 patient with EIMFS, we identified the p.R1106Q mutation associated with Brugada syndrome and saw no abnormality in cardiac rhythm. Quinidine was well tolerated when administered to 2 and 4-year-old patients but did not reduce seizure frequency.Conclusions The majority of the KCNT1 mutations appear to cluster in hot spots essential for the channel activity. A same mutation can be linked to a spectrum of conditions ranging from EMFSI to asymptomatic carrier, even in the same family. None of the antiepileptic therapies displayed clinical efficacy, including quinidine in 2 patients.
Lisette J.A. Kogelman, Ann-Louise Esserlind, Anne Francke Christensen, Swapnil Awasthi, Stephan Ripke, Andres Ingason, Olafur B. Davidsson, Christian Erikstrup, Henrik Hjalgrim, Henrik Ullum, et al.
Neurology Genetics, Volume 5; doi:10.1212/nxg.0000000000000364

Abstract:Objective To assess whether the polygenic risk score (PRS) for migraine is associated with acute and/or prophylactic migraine treatment response.Methods We interviewed 2,219 unrelated patients at the Danish Headache Center using a semistructured interview to diagnose migraine and assess acute and prophylactic drug response. All patients were genotyped. A PRS was calculated with the linkage disequilibrium pred algorithm using summary statistics from the most recent migraine genome-wide association study comprising ∼375,000 cases and controls. The PRS was scaled to a unit corresponding to a twofold increase in migraine risk, using 929 unrelated Danish controls as reference. The association of the PRS with treatment response was assessed by logistic regression, and the predictive power of the model by area under the curve using a case-control design with treatment response as outcome.Results A twofold increase in migraine risk associates with positive response to migraine-specific acute treatment (odds ratio [OR] = 1.25 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.05–1.49]). The association between migraine risk and migraine-specific acute treatment was replicated in an independent cohort consisting of 5,616 triptan users with prescription history (OR = 3.20 [95% CI = 1.26–8.14]). No association was found for acute treatment with non–migraine-specific weak analgesics and prophylactic treatment response.Conclusions The migraine PRS can significantly identify subgroups of patients with a higher-than-average likelihood of a positive response to triptans, which provides a first step toward genetics-based precision medicine in migraine.
Bjarni J. Vilhjálmsson, Florian Privé
Neurology Genetics, Volume 5; doi:10.1212/nxg.0000000000000368

Shibalik Misra, Greg Peters, Elizabeth Barnes, Simone Ardern-Holmes, Richard Webster, Christopher Troedson, Shekeeb S. Mohammad, Deepak Gill, Manoj Menezes, Sachin Gupta, et al.
Neurology Genetics, Volume 5; doi:10.1212/nxg.0000000000000367

Abstract:Objective The present study investigated the diagnostic yield of array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) in a large cohort of children with diverse neurologic disorders as seen in child neurology practice to test whether pathogenic copy number variants (CNVs) were more likely to be detected in specific neurologic phenotypes.Methods A retrospective cross-sectional analysis was performed on 555 children in whom a genetic etiology was suspected and who underwent whole-genome aCGH testing between 2006 and 2012. Neurologic phenotyping was performed using hospital medical records. An assessment of pathogenicity was made for each CNV, based on recent developments in the literature.Results Forty-seven patients were found to carry a pathogenic CNV, giving an overall diagnostic yield of 8.59%. Certain phenotypes predicted for the presence of a pathogenic CNV, including developmental delay (odds ratio [OR] 3.69 [1.30–10.51]), cortical visual impairment (OR 2.73 [1.18–6.28]), dysmorphism (OR 2.75 [1.38–5.50]), and microcephaly (OR 2.16 [1.01–4.61]). The combination of developmental delay/intellectual disability with dysmorphism and abnormal head circumference was also predictive for a pathogenic CNV (OR 2.86 [1.02–8.00]). For every additional clinical feature, there was an increased likelihood of detecting a pathogenic CNV (OR 1.18 [1.01–1.38]).Conclusions The use of aCGH led to a pathogenic finding in 8.59% of patients. The results support the use of aCGH as a first tier investigation in children with diverse neurologic disorders, although whole-genome sequencing may replace aCGH as the detection method in the future. In particular, the yield was increased in children with developmental delay, dysmorphism, cortical visual impairment, and microcephaly.