Eur J Hum Genet 2017 02 4;25(3):376-380. Epub 2017 Jan 4.
Department of Genetics, Lyon University Hospitals, Lyon, France.
We report on two consanguineous sibs affected with severe intellectual disability and autistic features due to a homozygous missense variant of GRIN1. Massive parallel sequencing was performed using a gene panel including 450 genes related to intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders. We found a homozygous missense variation of GRIN1 (c.679G>C; p.(Asp227His)) in the two affected sibs, which was inherited from both unaffected heterozygous parents. Heterozygous variants of GRIN1, encoding the GluN1 subunit of the NMDA receptor, have been reported in patients with neurodevelopmental disorders including epileptic encephalopathy, severe intellectual disability, and movement disorders. The p.(Asp227His) variant is located in the same aminoterminal protein domain as the recently published p.(Arg217Trp), which was found at the homozygous state in two patients with a similar phenotype of severe intellectual disability and autistic features but without epilepsy. In silico predictions were consistent with a deleterious effect. The present findings further expand the clinical spectrum of GRIN1 variants and support the existence of hypomorphic variants causing severe neurodevelopmental impairment with autosomal recessive inheritance.