A missense variant in ITPR1 provides evidence for autosomal recessive SCA29 with asymptomatic cerebellar hypoplasia in carriers

Joakim Klar, Zafar Ali, Muhammad Farooq, Kamal Khan, Johan Wikström, Maria Iqbal, Shumaila Zulfiqar, Sanam Faryal, Shahid Mahmood Baig, Niklas Dahl

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Abstract

Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA) comprise a heterogeneous group of inherited neurological disorders characterized by a range of symptoms from both cerebellar and extra cerebellar structures. We investigated the cause of autosomal recessive, congenital SCA in six affected family members from a large consanguineous family. Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified a homozygous ITPR1 missense variant [c.5360T>C; p.(L1787P)] segregating in all affected individuals. Heterozygous carriers were asymptomatic despite cerebellar hypoplasia. Variants in the ITPTR1 gene have previously been associated exclusively with autosomal dominant SCA15 and SCA29 with slow or no progression. The L1787 residue is highly conserved and the leucine to proline substitution has a predicted destabilizing effect on the protein structure. Additionally, the L1787P variant is located in a domain separated from previously described and dominant-acting missense variants consistent with a distinct effect on IP3R1 tetramer structure and function. Taken together, we show for the first time that a biallelic ITPR1 missense variant may cause an autosomal recessive and infantile onset SCA29, albeit with subclinical cerebellar hypoplasia in carriers. Our findings add to the genetic complexity of SCA29 and broaden the correlations between ITPR1 variants and their clinical expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-853
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Human Genetics
Volume25
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

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