Publications by authors named "Ange-Line Bruel"

67 Publications

Accelerated genome sequencing with controlled costs for infants in intensive care units: a feasibility study in a French hospital network.

Eur J Hum Genet 2021 Nov 15. Epub 2021 Nov 15.

Service de Génétique Clinique, CHU Robert Debré, Paris, France.

Obtaining a rapid etiological diagnosis for infants with early-onset rare diseases remains a major challenge. These diseases often have a severe presentation and unknown prognosis, and the genetic causes are very heterogeneous. In a French hospital network, we assessed the feasibility of performing accelerated trio-genome sequencing (GS) with limited additional costs by integrating urgent requests into the routine workflow. In addition to evaluating our capacity for such an approach, this prospective multicentre pilot study was designed to identify pitfalls encountered during its implementation. Over 14 months, we included newborns and infants hospitalized in neonatal or paediatric intensive care units with probable genetic disease and in urgent need for etiological diagnosis to guide medical care. The duration of each step and the pitfalls were recorded. We analysed any deviation from the planned schedule and identified obstacles. Trio-GS was performed for 37 individuals, leading to a molecular diagnosis in 18/37 (49%), and 21/37 (57%) after reanalysis. Corrective measures and protocol adaptations resulted in a median duration of 42 days from blood sampling to report. Accelerated trio-GS is undeniably valuable for individuals in an urgent care context. Such a circuit should coexist with a rapid or ultra-rapid circuit, which, although more expensive, can be used in particularly urgent cases. The drop in GS costs should result in its generalized use for diagnostic purposes and lead to a reduction of the costs of rapid GS.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41431-021-00998-4DOI Listing
November 2021

MYT1L-associated neurodevelopmental disorder: description of 40 new cases and literature review of clinical and molecular aspects.

Hum Genet 2021 Nov 8. Epub 2021 Nov 8.

Department of Genetics, IHU Necker-Enfants Malades, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France.

Pathogenic variants of the myelin transcription factor-1 like (MYT1L) gene include heterozygous missense, truncating variants and 2p25.3 microdeletions and cause a syndromic neurodevelopmental disorder (OMIM#616,521). Despite enrichment in de novo mutations in several developmental disorders and autism studies, the data on clinical characteristics and genotype-phenotype correlations are scarce, with only 22 patients with single nucleotide pathogenic variants reported. We aimed to further characterize this disorder at both the clinical and molecular levels by gathering a large series of patients with MYT1L-associated neurodevelopmental disorder. We collected genetic information on 40 unreported patients with likely pathogenic/pathogenic MYT1L variants and performed a comprehensive review of published data (total = 62 patients). We confirm that the main phenotypic features of the MYT1L-related disorder are developmental delay with language delay (95%), intellectual disability (ID, 70%), overweight or obesity (58%), behavioral disorders (98%) and epilepsy (23%). We highlight novel clinical characteristics, such as learning disabilities without ID (30%) and feeding difficulties during infancy (18%). We further describe the varied dysmorphic features (67%) and present the changes in weight over time of 27 patients. We show that patients harboring highly clustered missense variants in the 2-3-ZNF domains are not clinically distinguishable from patients with truncating variants. We provide an updated overview of clinical and genetic data of the MYT1L-associated neurodevelopmental disorder, hence improving diagnosis and clinical management of these patients.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00439-021-02383-zDOI Listing
November 2021

Interest of exome sequencing trio-like strategy based on pooled parental DNA for diagnosis and translational research in rare diseases.

Mol Genet Genomic Med 2021 Oct 30:e1836. Epub 2021 Oct 30.

Unité Fonctionnelle 6254 d'Innovation en Diagnostique Génomique des Maladies Rares, Pôle de Biologie, CHU Dijon Bourgogne, Dijon, France.

Background: Exome sequencing (ES) has become the most powerful and cost-effective molecular tool for deciphering rare diseases with a diagnostic yield approaching 30%-40% in solo-ES and 50% in trio-ES. We applied an innovative parental DNA pooling method to reduce the parental sequencing cost while maintaining the diagnostic yield of trio-ES.

Methods: We pooled six (Agilent-CRE-v2-100X) or five parental DNA (TWIST-HCE-70X) aiming to detect allelic balance around 8-10% for heterozygous status. The strategies were applied as second-tier (74 individuals after negative solo-ES) and first-tier approaches (324 individuals without previous ES).

Results: The allelic balance of parental-pool variants was around 8.97%. Sanger sequencing uncovered false positives in 1.5% of sporadic variants. In the second-tier approach, we evaluated than two thirds of the Sanger validations performed after solo-ES (41/59-69%) would have been saved if the parental-pool segregations had been available from the start. The parental-pool strategy identified a causative diagnosis in 18/74 individuals (24%) in the second-tier and in 116/324 individuals (36%) in the first-tier approaches, including 19 genes newly associated with human disorders.

Conclusions: Parental-pooling is an efficient alternative to trio-ES. It provides rapid segregation and extension to translational research while reducing the cost of parental and Sanger sequencing.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mgg3.1836DOI Listing
October 2021

The diagnostic rate of inherited metabolic disorders by exome sequencing in a cohort of 547 individuals with developmental disorders.

Mol Genet Metab Rep 2021 Dec 18;29:100812. Epub 2021 Oct 18.

Centre de Compétence Maladies Héréditaires du Métabolisme, CHU Dijon Bourgogne, France.

Considering that some Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMDs) can be diagnosed in patients with no distinctive clinical features of IMDs, we aimed to evaluate the power of exome sequencing (ES) to diagnose IMDs within a cohort of 547 patients with unspecific developmental disorders (DD). IMDs were diagnosed in 12% of individuals with causative diagnosis (177/547). There are clear benefits of using ES in DD to diagnose IMD, particularly in cases where biochemical studies are unavailable.

Synopsis: Exome sequencing and diagnostic rate of Inherited Metabolic Disorders in individuals with developmental disorders.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ymgmr.2021.100812DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8528787PMC
December 2021

ITSN1: a novel candidate gene involved in autosomal dominant neurodevelopmental disorder spectrum.

Eur J Hum Genet 2021 Oct 28. Epub 2021 Oct 28.

UMR1231 GAD, Inserm - Université Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Dijon, France.

ITSN1 plays an important role in brain development. Recent studies in large cohorts of subjects with neurodevelopmental disorders have identified de novo variants in ITSN1 gene thereby suggesting that this gene is involved in the development of such disorders. The aim of this study is to provide further proof of such a link. We performed trio exome sequencing in a patient presenting autism, intellectual disability, and severe behavioral difficulties. Additional affected patients with a neurodevelopmental disorder harboring a heterozygous variant in ITSN1 (NM_003024.2) were collected through a worldwide collaboration. All patients underwent detailed phenotypic and genetic assessment and data was collected and shared by healthcare givers. We identified ten novel patients from eight families with heterozygous truncating or missense variants in ITSN1 gene. In addition, four previously published patients from large meta-analysis studies were included. In total, 7/14 patients presented a de novo variant in ITSN1. All patients showed neurodevelopmental disorders from autism spectrum disorders (90%), intellectual disability (86%), and epilepsy (30%). We demonstrated that truncating variants are in the first half of ITSN1 whereas missense variants are clustered in C-terminal region. We suggest ITSN1 gene is involved in development of an autism spectrum disorder with variable additional neurodevelopmental deficiency, thus confirming the hypothesis that ITSN1 is important for brain development.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41431-021-00985-9DOI Listing
October 2021

Expanding the phenotype of ASXL3-related syndrome: A comprehensive description of 45 unpublished individuals with inherited and de novo pathogenic variants in ASXL3.

Am J Med Genet A 2021 11 26;185(11):3446-3458. Epub 2021 Aug 26.

Neurology Clinic, Department of Medicine, Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.

The study aimed at widening the clinical and genetic spectrum of ASXL3-related syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, caused by truncating variants in the ASXL3 gene. In this international collaborative study, we have undertaken a detailed clinical and molecular analysis of 45 previously unpublished individuals with ASXL3-related syndrome, as well as a review of all previously published individuals. We have reviewed the rather limited functional characterization of pathogenic variants in ASXL3 and discuss current understanding of the consequences of the different ASXL3 variants. In this comprehensive analysis of ASXL3-related syndrome, we define its natural history and clinical evolution occurring with age. We report familial ASXL3 pathogenic variants, characterize the phenotype in mildly affected individuals and discuss nonpenetrance. We also discuss the role of missense variants in ASXL3. We delineate a variable but consistent phenotype. The most characteristic features are neurodevelopmental delay with consistently limited speech, significant neuro-behavioral issues, hypotonia, and feeding difficulties. Distinctive features include downslanting palpebral fissures, hypertelorism, tubular nose with a prominent nasal bridge, and low-hanging columella. The presented data will inform clinical management of individuals with ASXL3-related syndrome and improve interpretation of new ASXL3 sequence variants.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.a.62465DOI Listing
November 2021

Haploinsufficiency of ARFGEF1 is associated with developmental delay, intellectual disability, and epilepsy with variable expressivity.

Genet Med 2021 10 10;23(10):1901-1911. Epub 2021 Jun 10.

Inserm UMR1231 team GAD, University of Burgundy and Franche-Comté, Dijon, France.

Purpose: ADP ribosylation factor guanine nucleotide exchange factors (ARFGEFs) are a family of proteins implicated in cellular trafficking between the Golgi apparatus and the plasma membrane through vesicle formation. Among them is ARFGEF1/BIG1, a protein involved in axon elongation, neurite development, and polarization processes. ARFGEF1 has been previously suggested as a candidate gene for different types of epilepsies, although its implication in human disease has not been well characterized.

Methods: International data sharing, in silico predictions, and in vitro assays with minigene study, western blot analyses, and RNA sequencing.

Results: We identified 13 individuals with heterozygous likely pathogenic variants in ARFGEF1. These individuals displayed congruent clinical features of developmental delay, behavioral problems, abnormal findings on brain magnetic resonance image (MRI), and epilepsy for almost half of them. While nearly half of the cohort carried de novo variants, at least 40% of variants were inherited from mildly affected parents who were clinically re-evaluated by reverse phenotyping. Our in silico predictions and in vitro assays support the contention that ARFGEF1-related conditions are caused by haploinsufficiency, and are transmitted in an autosomal dominant fashion with variable expressivity.

Conclusion: We provide evidence that loss-of-function variants in ARFGEF1 are implicated in sporadic and familial cases of developmental delay with or without epilepsy.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41436-021-01218-6DOI Listing
October 2021

High efficiency and clinical relevance of exome sequencing in the daily practice of neurogenetics.

J Med Genet 2021 Mar 5. Epub 2021 Mar 5.

Inserm UMR1231 team GAD, University of Burgundy and Franche-Comté, Dijon, France.

Objective: To assess the efficiency and relevance of clinical exome sequencing (cES) as a first-tier or second-tier test for the diagnosis of progressive neurological disorders in the daily practice of Neurology and Genetic Departments.

Methods: Sixty-seven probands with various progressive neurological disorders (cerebellar ataxias, neuromuscular disorders, spastic paraplegias, movement disorders and individuals with complex phenotypes labelled 'other') were recruited over a 4-year period regardless of their age, gender, familial history and clinical framework. Individuals could have had prior genetic tests as long as it was not cES. cES was performed in a proband-only (60/67) or trio (7/67) strategy depending on available samples and was analysed with an in-house pipeline including software for CNV and mitochondrial-DNA variant detection.

Results: In 29/67 individuals, cES identified clearly pathogenic variants leading to a 43% positive yield. When performed as a first-tier test, cES identified pathogenic variants for 53% of individuals (10/19). Difficult cases were solved including double diagnoses within a kindred or identification of a neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation in a patient with encephalopathy of suspected mitochondrial origin.

Conclusion: This study shows that cES is a powerful tool for the daily practice of neurogenetics offering an efficient (43%) and appropriate approach for clinically and genetically complex and heterogeneous disorders.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jmedgenet-2020-107369DOI Listing
March 2021

EIF3F-related neurodevelopmental disorder: refining the phenotypic and expanding the molecular spectrum.

Orphanet J Rare Dis 2021 03 18;16(1):136. Epub 2021 Mar 18.

Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Background: An identical homozygous missense variant in EIF3F, identified through a large-scale genome-wide sequencing approach, was reported as causative in nine individuals with a neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by variable intellectual disability, epilepsy, behavioral problems and sensorineural hearing-loss. To refine the phenotypic and molecular spectrum of EIF3F-related neurodevelopmental disorder, we examined independent patients.

Results: 21 patients were homozygous and one compound heterozygous for c.694T>G/p.(Phe232Val) in EIF3F. Haplotype analyses in 15 families suggested that c.694T>G/p.(Phe232Val) was a founder variant. All affected individuals had developmental delays including delayed speech development. About half of the affected individuals had behavioral problems, altered muscular tone, hearing loss, and short stature. Moreover, this study suggests that microcephaly, reduced sensitivity to pain, cleft lip/palate, gastrointestinal symptoms and ophthalmological symptoms are part of the phenotypic spectrum. Minor dysmorphic features were observed, although neither the individuals' facial nor general appearance were obviously distinctive. Symptoms in the compound heterozygous individual with an additional truncating variant were at the severe end of the spectrum in regard to motor milestones, speech delay, organic problems and pre- and postnatal growth of body and head, suggesting some genotype-phenotype correlation.

Conclusions: Our study refines the phenotypic and expands the molecular spectrum of EIF3F-related syndromic neurodevelopmental disorder.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13023-021-01744-1DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7977188PMC
March 2021

Biallelic loss-of-function variants in PLD1 cause congenital right-sided cardiac valve defects and neonatal cardiomyopathy.

J Clin Invest 2021 03;131(5)

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Congenital heart disease is the most common type of birth defect, accounting for one-third of all congenital anomalies. Using whole-exome sequencing of 2718 patients with congenital heart disease and a search in GeneMatcher, we identified 30 patients from 21 unrelated families of different ancestries with biallelic phospholipase D1 (PLD1) variants who presented predominantly with congenital cardiac valve defects. We also associated recessive PLD1 variants with isolated neonatal cardiomyopathy. Furthermore, we established that p.I668F is a founder variant among Ashkenazi Jews (allele frequency of ~2%) and describe the phenotypic spectrum of PLD1-associated congenital heart defects. PLD1 missense variants were overrepresented in regions of the protein critical for catalytic activity, and, correspondingly, we observed a strong reduction in enzymatic activity for most of the mutant proteins in an enzymatic assay. Finally, we demonstrate that PLD1 inhibition decreased endothelial-mesenchymal transition, an established pivotal early step in valvulogenesis. In conclusion, our study provides a more detailed understanding of disease mechanisms and phenotypic expression associated with PLD1 loss of function.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1172/JCI142148DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7919725PMC
March 2021

Loss-of-function variants in ARHGEF9 are associated with an X-linked intellectual disability dominant disorder.

Hum Mutat 2021 May 14;42(5):498-505. Epub 2021 Mar 14.

Service de Génétique Médicale, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nantes, Nantes, France.

ARHGEF9 defects lead to an X-linked intellectual disability disorder related to inhibitory synaptic dysfunction. This condition is more frequent in males, with a few affected females reported. Up to now, sequence variants and gross deletions have been identified in males, while only chromosomal aberrations have been reported in affected females who showed a skewed pattern of X-chromosome inactivation (XCI), suggesting an X-linked recessive (XLR) disorder. We report three novel loss-of-function (LoF) variants in ARHGEF9: A de novo synonymous variant affecting splicing (NM_015185.2: c.1056G>A, p.(Lys352=)) in one female; a nonsense variant in another female (c.865C>T, p.(Arg289*)), that is, also present as a somatically mosaic variant in her father, and a de novo nonsense variant in a boy (c.899G>A; p.(Trp300*)). Both females showed a random XCI. Thus, we suggest that missense variants are responsible for an XLR disorder affecting males and that LoF variants, mainly occurring de novo, may be responsible for an X-linked dominant disorder affecting males and females.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/humu.24188DOI Listing
May 2021

DLG4-related synaptopathy: a new rare brain disorder.

Genet Med 2021 05 17;23(5):888-899. Epub 2021 Feb 17.

Institute of Human Genetics, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Erlangen, Germany.

Purpose: Postsynaptic density protein-95 (PSD-95), encoded by DLG4, regulates excitatory synaptic function in the brain. Here we present the clinical and genetic features of 53 patients (42 previously unpublished) with DLG4 variants.

Methods: The clinical and genetic information were collected through GeneMatcher collaboration. All the individuals were investigated by local clinicians and the gene variants were identified by clinical exome/genome sequencing.

Results: The clinical picture was predominated by early onset global developmental delay, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, all of which point to a brain disorder. Marfanoid habitus, which was previously suggested to be a characteristic feature of DLG4-related phenotypes, was found in only nine individuals and despite some overlapping features, a distinct facial dysmorphism could not be established. Of the 45 different DLG4 variants, 39 were predicted to lead to loss of protein function and the majority occurred de novo (four with unknown origin). The six missense variants identified were suggested to lead to structural or functional changes by protein modeling studies.

Conclusion: The present study shows that clinical manifestations associated with DLG4 overlap with those found in other neurodevelopmental disorders of synaptic dysfunction; thus, we designate this group of disorders as DLG4-related synaptopathy.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41436-020-01075-9DOI Listing
May 2021

TAOK1 is associated with neurodevelopmental disorder and essential for neuronal maturation and cortical development.

Hum Mutat 2021 Apr 1;42(4):445-459. Epub 2021 Mar 1.

Department of Pediatrics, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois, USA.

Thousand and one amino-acid kinase 1 (TAOK1) is a MAP3K protein kinase, regulating different mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways, thereby modulating a multitude of processes in the cell. Given the recent finding of TAOK1 involvement in neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), we investigated the role of TAOK1 in neuronal function and collected a cohort of 23 individuals with mostly de novo variants in TAOK1 to further define the associated NDD. Here, we provide evidence for an important role for TAOK1 in neuronal function, showing that altered TAOK1 expression levels in the embryonic mouse brain affect neural migration in vivo, as well as neuronal maturation in vitro. The molecular spectrum of the identified TAOK1 variants comprises largely truncating and nonsense variants, but also missense variants, for which we provide evidence that they can have a loss of function or dominant-negative effect on TAOK1, expanding the potential underlying causative mechanisms resulting in NDD. Taken together, our data indicate that TAOK1 activity needs to be properly controlled for normal neuronal function and that TAOK1 dysregulation leads to a neurodevelopmental disorder mainly comprising similar facial features, developmental delay/intellectual disability and/or variable learning or behavioral problems, muscular hypotonia, infant feeding difficulties, and growth problems.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/humu.24176DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8248425PMC
April 2021

Mutation-specific pathophysiological mechanisms define different neurodevelopmental disorders associated with SATB1 dysfunction.

Am J Hum Genet 2021 02 28;108(2):346-356. Epub 2021 Jan 28.

Department of Rehabilitation and Development, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland, OR 97227, USA.

Whereas large-scale statistical analyses can robustly identify disease-gene relationships, they do not accurately capture genotype-phenotype correlations or disease mechanisms. We use multiple lines of independent evidence to show that different variant types in a single gene, SATB1, cause clinically overlapping but distinct neurodevelopmental disorders. Clinical evaluation of 42 individuals carrying SATB1 variants identified overt genotype-phenotype relationships, associated with different pathophysiological mechanisms, established by functional assays. Missense variants in the CUT1 and CUT2 DNA-binding domains result in stronger chromatin binding, increased transcriptional repression, and a severe phenotype. In contrast, variants predicted to result in haploinsufficiency are associated with a milder clinical presentation. A similarly mild phenotype is observed for individuals with premature protein truncating variants that escape nonsense-mediated decay, which are transcriptionally active but mislocalized in the cell. Our results suggest that in-depth mutation-specific genotype-phenotype studies are essential to capture full disease complexity and to explain phenotypic variability.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajhg.2021.01.007DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7895900PMC
February 2021

Skraban-Deardorff syndrome: Six new cases of WDR26-related disease and expansion of the clinical phenotype.

Clin Genet 2021 05 8;99(5):732-739. Epub 2021 Feb 8.

CHU Rennes, Service de Génétique Clinique, Centre de Référence Maladies Rares CLAD-Ouest, ERN ITHACA, Hôpital Sud, Rennes, France.

Skraban-Deardorff syndrome (a disease related to variations in the WDR26 gene; OMIM #617616) was first described in a cohort of 15 individuals in 2017. The syndrome comprises intellectual deficiency, severe speech impairment, ataxic gait, seizures, mild hypotonia with feeding difficulties during infancy, and dysmorphic features. Here, we report on six novel heterozygous de novo pathogenic variants in WDR26 in six probands. The patients' phenotypes were consistent with original publication. One patient displayed marked hypotonia with an abnormal muscle biopsy; this finding warrants further investigation. Gait must be closely monitored, in order to highlight any musculoskeletal or neurological abnormalities and prompt further examinations. Speech therapy and alternative communication methods should be initiated early in the clinical follow-up, in order to improve language and oral eating and drinking.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cge.13933DOI Listing
May 2021

Neuropsychological study in 19 French patients with White-Sutton syndrome and POGZ mutations.

Clin Genet 2021 03 15;99(3):407-417. Epub 2020 Dec 15.

Service de génétique médicale, CHU de Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

White-Sutton syndrome is a rare developmental disorder characterized by global developmental delay, intellectual disabilities (ID), and neurobehavioral abnormalities secondary to pathogenic pogo transposable element-derived protein with zinc finger domain (POGZ) variants. The purpose of our study was to describe the neurocognitive phenotype of an unbiased national cohort of patients with identified POGZ pathogenic variants. This study is based on a French collaboration through the AnDDI-Rares network, and includes 19 patients from 18 families with POGZ pathogenic variants. All clinical data and neuropsychological tests were collected from medical files. Among the 19 patients, 14 patients exhibited ID (six mild, five moderate and three severe). The five remaining patients had learning disabilities and shared a similar neurocognitive profile, including language difficulties, dysexecutive syndrome, attention disorders, slowness, and social difficulties. One patient evaluated for autism was found to have moderate autism spectrum disorder. This study reveals that the cognitive phenotype of patients with POGZ pathogenic variants can range from learning disabilities to severe ID. It highlights that pathogenic variations in the same genes can be reported in a large spectrum of neurocognitive profiles, and that children with learning disabilities could benefit from next generation sequencing techniques.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cge.13894DOI Listing
March 2021

Variants in the SK2 channel gene (KCNN2) lead to dominant neurodevelopmental movement disorders.

Brain 2020 12;143(12):3564-3573

Institute of Human Genetics, University Hospital Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany.

KCNN2 encodes the small conductance calcium-activated potassium channel 2 (SK2). Rodent models with spontaneous Kcnn2 mutations show abnormal gait and locomotor activity, tremor and memory deficits, but human disorders related to KCNN2 variants are largely unknown. Using exome sequencing, we identified a de novo KCNN2 frameshift deletion in a patient with learning disabilities, cerebellar ataxia and white matter abnormalities on brain MRI. This discovery prompted us to collect data from nine additional patients with de novo KCNN2 variants (one nonsense, one splice site, six missense variants and one in-frame deletion) and one family with a missense variant inherited from the affected mother. We investigated the functional impact of six selected variants on SK2 channel function using the patch-clamp technique. All variants tested but one, which was reclassified to uncertain significance, led to a loss-of-function of SK2 channels. Patients with KCNN2 variants had motor and language developmental delay, intellectual disability often associated with early-onset movement disorders comprising cerebellar ataxia and/or extrapyramidal symptoms. Altogether, our findings provide evidence that heterozygous variants, likely causing a haploinsufficiency of the KCNN2 gene, lead to novel autosomal dominant neurodevelopmental movement disorders mirroring phenotypes previously described in rodents.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/brain/awaa346DOI Listing
December 2020

Heterozygous Variants in KDM4B Lead to Global Developmental Delay and Neuroanatomical Defects.

Am J Hum Genet 2020 12 23;107(6):1170-1177. Epub 2020 Nov 23.

Division of Newborn Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA; Division of Genetics and Genomics, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA; The Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA. Electronic address:

KDM4B is a lysine-specific demethylase with a preferential activity on H3K9 tri/di-methylation (H3K9me3/2)-modified histones. H3K9 tri/di-demethylation is an important epigenetic mechanism responsible for silencing of gene expression in animal development and cancer. However, the role of KDM4B on human development is still poorly characterized. Through international data sharing, we gathered a cohort of nine individuals with mono-allelic de novo or inherited variants in KDM4B. All individuals presented with dysmorphic features and global developmental delay (GDD) with language and motor skills most affected. Three individuals had a history of seizures, and four had anomalies on brain imaging ranging from agenesis of the corpus callosum with hydrocephalus to cystic formations, abnormal hippocampi, and polymicrogyria. In mice, lysine demethylase 4B is expressed during brain development with high levels in the hippocampus, a region important for learning and memory. To understand how KDM4B variants can lead to GDD in humans, we assessed the effect of KDM4B disruption on brain anatomy and behavior through an in vivo heterozygous mouse model (Kdm4b), focusing on neuroanatomical changes. In mutant mice, the total brain volume was significantly reduced with decreased size of the hippocampal dentate gyrus, partial agenesis of the corpus callosum, and ventriculomegaly. This report demonstrates that variants in KDM4B are associated with GDD/ intellectual disability and neuroanatomical defects. Our findings suggest that KDM4B variation leads to a chromatinopathy, broadening the spectrum of this group of Mendelian disorders caused by alterations in epigenetic machinery.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.11.001DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7820620PMC
December 2020

New insights into the clinical and molecular spectrum of the novel CYFIP2-related neurodevelopmental disorder and impairment of the WRC-mediated actin dynamics.

Genet Med 2021 03 5;23(3):543-554. Epub 2020 Nov 5.

Department of Medical Genetics, Lyon University Hospital, Lyon, France.

Purpose: A few de novo missense variants in the cytoplasmic FMRP-interacting protein 2 (CYFIP2) gene have recently been described as a novel cause of severe intellectual disability, seizures, and hypotonia in 18 individuals, with p.Arg87 substitutions in the majority.

Methods: We assembled data from 19 newly identified and all 18 previously published individuals with CYFIP2 variants. By structural modeling and investigation of WAVE-regulatory complex (WRC)-mediated actin polymerization in six patient fibroblast lines we assessed the impact of CYFIP2 variants on the WRC.

Results: Sixteen of 19 individuals harbor two previously described and 11 novel (likely) disease-associated missense variants. We report p.Asp724 as second mutational hotspot (4/19 cases). Genotype-phenotype correlation confirms a consistently severe phenotype in p.Arg87 patients but a more variable phenotype in p.Asp724 and other substitutions. Three individuals with milder phenotypes carry putative loss-of-function variants, which remain of unclear pathogenicity. Structural modeling predicted missense variants to disturb interactions within the WRC or impair CYFIP2 stability. Consistent with its role in WRC-mediated actin polymerization we substantiate aberrant regulation of the actin cytoskeleton in patient fibroblasts.

Conclusion: Our study expands the clinical and molecular spectrum of CYFIP2-related neurodevelopmental disorder and provides evidence for aberrant WRC-mediated actin dynamics as contributing cellular pathomechanism.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41436-020-01011-xDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7935717PMC
March 2021

JARID2 haploinsufficiency is associated with a clinically distinct neurodevelopmental syndrome.

Genet Med 2021 02 20;23(2):374-383. Epub 2020 Oct 20.

Department of Medical Genetics, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.

Purpose: JARID2, located on chromosome 6p22.3, is a regulator of histone methyltransferase complexes that is expressed in human neurons. So far, 13 individuals sharing clinical features including intellectual disability (ID) were reported with de novo heterozygous deletions in 6p22-p24 encompassing the full length JARID2 gene (OMIM 601594). However, all published individuals to date have a deletion of at least one other adjoining gene, making it difficult to determine if JARID2 is the critical gene responsible for the shared features. We aim to confirm JARID2 as a human disease gene and further elucidate the associated clinical phenotype.

Methods: Chromosome microarray analysis, exome sequencing, and an online matching platform (GeneMatcher) were used to identify individuals with single-nucleotide variants or deletions involving JARID2.

Results: We report 16 individuals in 15 families with a deletion or single-nucleotide variant in JARID2. Several of these variants are likely to result in haploinsufficiency due to nonsense-mediated messenger RNA (mRNA) decay. All individuals have developmental delay and/or ID and share some overlapping clinical characteristics such as facial features with those who have larger deletions involving JARID2.

Conclusion: We report that JARID2 haploinsufficiency leads to a clinically distinct neurodevelopmental syndrome, thus establishing gene-disease validity for the purpose of diagnostic reporting.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41436-020-00992-zDOI Listing
February 2021

Hydrothorax in fetal cases of Opitz G/BBB diagnosis: Extending the phenotype?

Clin Genet 2020 12 14;98(6):620-621. Epub 2020 Sep 14.

Service d'Histologie-Embryologie-Cytogénétique, Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France.

We report two fetal cases carrying a de novo MID1 mutation and presenting with severe hydrothorax, suggesting the expansion of the phenotype of Opitz GBBB syndrome.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cge.13840DOI Listing
December 2020

Genotype-first in a cohort of 95 fetuses with multiple congenital abnormalities: when exome sequencing reveals unexpected fetal phenotype-genotype correlations.

J Med Genet 2021 06 30;58(6):400-413. Epub 2020 Jul 30.

Service d'Imagerie médicale, CHU de Besançon, Besançon, France.

Purpose: Molecular diagnosis based on singleton exome sequencing (sES) is particularly challenging in fetuses with multiple congenital abnormalities (MCA). Indeed, some studies reveal a diagnostic yield of about 20%, far lower than in live birth individuals showing developmental abnormalities (30%), suggesting that standard analyses, based on the correlation between clinical hallmarks described in postnatal syndromic presentations and genotype, may underestimate the impact of the genetic variants identified in fetal analyses.

Methods: We performed sES in 95 fetuses with MCA. Blind to phenotype, we applied a genotype-first approach consisting of combined analyses based on variants annotation and bioinformatics predictions followed by reverse phenotyping. Initially applied to OMIM-morbid genes, analyses were then extended to all genes. We complemented our approach by using reverse phenotyping, variant segregation analysis, bibliographic search and data sharing in order to establish the clinical significance of the prioritised variants.

Results: sES rapidly identified causal variant in 24/95 fetuses (25%), variants of unknown significance in OMIM genes in 8/95 fetuses (8%) and six novel candidate genes in 6/95 fetuses (6%).

Conclusions: This method, based on a genotype-first approach followed by reverse phenotyping, shed light on unexpected fetal phenotype-genotype correlations, emphasising the relevance of prenatal studies to reveal extreme clinical presentations associated with well-known Mendelian disorders.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jmedgenet-2020-106867DOI Listing
June 2021

De novo SMARCA2 variants clustered outside the helicase domain cause a new recognizable syndrome with intellectual disability and blepharophimosis distinct from Nicolaides-Baraitser syndrome.

Genet Med 2020 11 22;22(11):1838-1850. Epub 2020 Jul 22.

Department of Genetics, Robert Debré Hospital, AP-HP, Paris, France.

Purpose: Nontruncating variants in SMARCA2, encoding a catalytic subunit of SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, cause Nicolaides-Baraitser syndrome (NCBRS), a condition with intellectual disability and multiple congenital anomalies. Other disorders due to SMARCA2 are unknown.

Methods: By next-generation sequencing, we identified candidate variants in SMARCA2 in 20 individuals from 18 families with a syndromic neurodevelopmental disorder not consistent with NCBRS. To stratify variant interpretation, we functionally analyzed SMARCA2 variants in yeasts and performed transcriptomic and genome methylation analyses on blood leukocytes.

Results: Of 20 individuals, 14 showed a recognizable phenotype with recurrent features including epicanthal folds, blepharophimosis, and downturned nasal tip along with variable degree of intellectual disability (or blepharophimosis intellectual disability syndrome [BIS]). In contrast to most NCBRS variants, all SMARCA2 variants associated with BIS are localized outside the helicase domains. Yeast phenotype assays differentiated NCBRS from non-NCBRS SMARCA2 variants. Transcriptomic and DNA methylation signatures differentiated NCBRS from BIS and those with nonspecific phenotype. In the remaining six individuals with nonspecific dysmorphic features, clinical and molecular data did not permit variant reclassification.

Conclusion: We identified a novel recognizable syndrome named BIS associated with clustered de novo SMARCA2 variants outside the helicase domains, phenotypically and molecularly distinct from NCBRS.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41436-020-0898-yDOI Listing
November 2020

Second-tier trio exome sequencing after negative solo clinical exome sequencing: an efficient strategy to increase diagnostic yield and decipher molecular bases in undiagnosed developmental disorders.

Hum Genet 2020 Nov 12;139(11):1381-1390. Epub 2020 May 12.

UFR Des Sciences de Santé, INSERM-Université de Bourgogne UMR1231 GAD, FHU-TRANSLAD, Bâtiment B3, 15 avenue du maréchal Delattre de Tassigny, 21000, Dijon, France.

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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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00439-020-02178-8DOI Listing
November 2020

Next-generation sequencing approaches and challenges in the diagnosis of developmental anomalies and intellectual disability.

Clin Genet 2020 11 31;98(5):433-444. Epub 2020 May 31.

Inserm UMR1231 GAD, Université Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Dijon, France.

Recent advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies have revolutionized the field of human genetics. Alongside a broad panel of bioinformatics tools and databases, NGS technologies have unprecedentedly improved the molecular diagnosis rate and the identification of new genes associated with rare disorders. However, about 50% of patients remain without a final diagnosis. Here, we highlight the utility of NGS applications in developmental anomalies and intellectual disability, illustrating their main advantages and pitfalls. Through specific examples, we suggest novel strategies and tools for identifying the molecular bases in the remaining patients, and we outline future challenges.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cge.13764DOI Listing
November 2020

Kosaki overgrowth syndrome: A novel pathogenic variant in PDGFRB and expansion of the phenotype including cerebrovascular complications.

Clin Genet 2020 07 4;98(1):19-31. Epub 2020 May 4.

Centre de Génétique et Centre de référence « Anomalies du Développement et Syndromes Malformatifs », Hôpital d'Enfants, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Dijon, Dijon, France.

Heterozygous activating variants in platelet-derived growth factor, beta (PDGFRB) are associated with phenotypes including Kosaki overgrowth syndrome (KOGS), Penttinen syndrome and infantile myofibromatosis (IM). Here, we present three new cases of KOGS, including a patient with a novel de novo variant c.1477A > T p.(Ser493Cys), and the oldest known individual age 53 years. The KOGS phenotype includes characteristic facial features, tall stature, scoliosis, hyperelastic thin skin, lipodystrophy, variable intellectual and neurological deterioration, and abnormalities on brain imaging. Long-term outcome is unknown. Our cases confirm the phenotypic spectrum includes progressive flexion contractures, camptodactyly, widely spaced teeth, and constriction rings. We also propose novel occasional features including craniosynostosis, ocular pterygia, anterior chamber cleavage syndrome, early osteoporosis, increased pigmentation, recurrent haematomas, predisposition to cellulitis, nail dystrophy, carpal tunnel syndrome, recurrent hypoglycaemia in infancy, joint dislocation, and splenomegaly. Importantly, we report fusiform aneurysm of the basilar artery in two patients. Complications include thrombosis and stroke in the oldest reported patient and fatal rupture at the age of 21 in the patient with the novel variant. We conclude that cerebrovascular complications are part of the phenotypic spectrum of KOGS and KOGS-like disorders and suggest vascular imaging is indicated in these patients.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cge.13752DOI Listing
July 2020

Excess of de novo variants in genes involved in chromatin remodelling in patients with marfanoid habitus and intellectual disability.

J Med Genet 2020 07 10;57(7):466-474. Epub 2020 Apr 10.

Centre de Compétence Anomalies du Développement et Syndromes Malformatifs Sud-Est, CHI de Toulon - La Seyne-sur-Mer, France.

Purpose: Marfanoid habitus (MH) combined with intellectual disability (ID) (MHID) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous presentation. The combination of array CGH and targeted sequencing of genes responsible for Marfan or Lujan-Fryns syndrome explain no more than 20% of subjects.

Methods: To further decipher the genetic basis of MHID, we performed exome sequencing on a combination of trio-based (33 subjects) or single probands (31 subjects), of which 61 were sporadic.

Results: We identified eight genes with de novo variants (DNVs) in at least two unrelated individuals ( and ). Using simulation models, we showed that five genes ( and ) met conservative Bonferroni genomewide significance for an excess of the observed de novo point variants. Overall, at least one pathogenic or likely pathogenic variant was identified in 54.7% of subjects (35/64). These variants fell within 27 genes previously associated with Mendelian disorders, including and , which are known to be mutated in overgrowth syndromes.

Conclusion: We demonstrated that DNVs were enriched in chromatin remodelling (p=2×10) and genes regulated by the fragile X mental retardation protein (p=3×10), highlighting overlapping genetic mechanisms between MHID and related neurodevelopmental disorders.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jmedgenet-2019-106425DOI Listing
July 2020

Bi-allelic Variants in the GPI Transamidase Subunit PIGK Cause a Neurodevelopmental Syndrome with Hypotonia, Cerebellar Atrophy, and Epilepsy.

Am J Hum Genet 2020 04 26;106(4):484-495. Epub 2020 Mar 26.

CHU-Sainte Justine Research Center, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3T1C5.

Glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored proteins are critical for embryogenesis, neurogenesis, and cell signaling. Variants in several genes participating in GPI biosynthesis and processing lead to decreased cell surface presence of GPI-anchored proteins (GPI-APs) and cause inherited GPI deficiency disorders (IGDs). In this report, we describe 12 individuals from nine unrelated families with 10 different bi-allelic PIGK variants. PIGK encodes a component of the GPI transamidase complex, which attaches the GPI anchor to proteins. Clinical features found in most individuals include global developmental delay and/or intellectual disability, hypotonia, cerebellar ataxia, cerebellar atrophy, and facial dysmorphisms. The majority of the individuals have epilepsy. Two individuals have slightly decreased levels of serum alkaline phosphatase, while eight do not. Flow cytometric analysis of blood and fibroblasts from affected individuals showed decreased cell surface presence of GPI-APs. The overexpression of wild-type (WT) PIGK in fibroblasts rescued the levels of cell surface GPI-APs. In a knockout cell line, transfection with WT PIGK also rescued the GPI-AP levels, but transfection with the two tested mutant variants did not. Our study not only expands the clinical and known genetic spectrum of IGDs, but it also expands the genetic differential diagnosis for cerebellar atrophy. Given the fact that cerebellar atrophy is seen in other IGDs, flow cytometry for GPI-APs should be considered in the work-ups of individuals presenting this feature.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.03.001DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7118585PMC
April 2020

De novo TBR1 variants cause a neurocognitive phenotype with ID and autistic traits: report of 25 new individuals and review of the literature.

Eur J Hum Genet 2020 06 31;28(6):770-782. Epub 2020 Jan 31.

Department of Pediatrics, The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, Maine Medical Center, Portland, OR, USA.

TBR1, a T-box transcription factor expressed in the cerebral cortex, regulates the expression of several candidate genes for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Although TBR1 has been reported as a high-confidence risk gene for ASD and intellectual disability (ID) in functional and clinical reports since 2011, TBR1 has only recently been recorded as a human disease gene in the OMIM database. Currently, the neurodevelopmental disorders and structural brain anomalies associated with TBR1 variants are not well characterized. Through international data sharing, we collected data from 25 unreported individuals and compared them with data from the literature. We evaluated structural brain anomalies in seven individuals by analysis of MRI images, and compared these with anomalies observed in TBR1 mutant mice. The phenotype included ID in all individuals, associated to autistic traits in 76% of them. No recognizable facial phenotype could be identified. MRI analysis revealed a reduction of the anterior commissure and suggested new features including dysplastic hippocampus and subtle neocortical dysgenesis. This report supports the role of TBR1 in ID associated with autistic traits and suggests new structural brain malformations in humans. We hope this work will help geneticists to interpret TBR1 variants and diagnose ASD probands.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41431-020-0571-6DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7253452PMC
June 2020
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