Publications by authors named "Jérémie Dassa"

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Heterozygous HTRA1 nonsense or frameshift mutations are pathogenic.

Brain 2021 Jul 16. Epub 2021 Jul 16.

AP-HP, Service de Génétique Moléculaire Neurovasculaire, Hôpital Saint-Louis, France.

Heterozygous missense HTRA1 mutations have been associated with an autosomal dominant cerebral small vessel disease whereas the pathogenicity of heterozygous HTRA1 stop codon variants is unclear. We performed a targeted high throughput sequencing of all known cerebral small vessel disease genes, including HTRA1, in 3,853 unrelated consecutive CSVD patients referred for molecular diagnosis. The frequency of heterozygous HTRA1 mutations leading to a premature stop codon in this patient cohort was compared with their frequency in large control databases. An analysis of HTRA1 messenger RNA was performed in several stop codon carrier patients. Clinical and neuroimaging features were characterized in all probands. Twenty unrelated patients carrying a heterozygous HTRA1 variant leading to a premature stop codon were identified. A highly significant difference was observed when comparing our patient cohort with control databases (gnomAD v3.1.1 (p = 3.12 x 10-17, OR = 21.9), TOPMed freeze 5 (p = 7.6 x 10-18, OR = 27.1) and 1000 Genomes (p = 1.5 x 10-5). Messenger RNA analysis performed in eight patients showed a degradation of the mutated allele strongly suggesting a haploinsufficiency. Clinical and neuroimaging features are similar to those previously reported in heterozygous missense mutation carriers, except for penetrance, which seems lower. Altogether, our findings strongly suggest that heterozygous HTRA1 stop codons are pathogenic through a haploinsufficiency mechanism. Future work will help to estimate their penetrance, an important information for genetic counseling.
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