Expansions of intronic TTTCA and TTTTA repeats in benign adult familial myoclonic epilepsy

Hiroyuki Ishiura, Koichiro Doi, Jun Mitsui, Jun Yoshimura, Miho Kawabe Matsukawa, Asao Fujiyama, Yasuko Toyoshima, Akiyoshi Kakita, Hitoshi Takahashi, Yutaka Suzuki, Sumio Sugano, Wei Qu, Kazuki Ichikawa, Hideaki Yurino, Koichiro Higasa, Shota Shibata, Aki Mitsue, Masaki Tanaka, Yaeko Ichikawa, Yuji TakahashiHidetoshi Date, Takashi Matsukawa, Junko Kanda, Fumiko Kusunoki Nakamoto, Mana Higashihara, Koji Abe, Ryoko Koike, Mutsuo Sasagawa, Yasuko Kuroha, Naoya Hasegawa, Norio Kanesawa, Takayuki Kondo, Takefumi Hitomi, Masayoshi Tada, Hiroki Takano, Yutaka Saito, Kazuhiro Sanpei, Osamu Onodera, Masatoyo Nishizawa, Masayuki Nakamura, Takeshi Yasuda, Yoshio Sakiyama, Mieko Otsuka, Akira Ueki, Ken Ichi Kaida, Jun Shimizu, Ritsuko Hanajima, Toshihiro Hayashi, Yasuo Terao, Satomi Inomata-Terada, Masashi Hamada, Yuichiro Shirota, Akatsuki Kubota, Yoshikazu Ugawa, Kishin Koh, Yoshihisa Takiyama, Natsumi Ohsawa-Yoshida, Shoichi Ishiura, Ryo Yamasaki, Akira Tamaoka, Hiroshi Akiyama, Taisuke Otsuki, Akira Sano, Akio Ikeda, Jun Goto, Shinichi Morishita, Shoji Tsuji

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Abstract

Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder, and mutations in genes encoding ion channels or neurotransmitter receptors are frequent causes of monogenic forms of epilepsy. Here we show that abnormal expansions of TTTCA and TTTTA repeats in intron 4 of SAMD12 cause benign adult familial myoclonic epilepsy (BAFME). Single-molecule, real-time sequencing of BAC clones and nanopore sequencing of genomic DNA identified two repeat configurations in SAMD12. Intriguingly, in two families with a clinical diagnosis of BAFME in which no repeat expansions in SAMD12 were observed, we identified similar expansions of TTTCA and TTTTA repeats in introns of TNRC6A and RAPGEF2, indicating that expansions of the same repeat motifs are involved in the pathogenesis of BAFME regardless of the genes in which the expanded repeats are located. This discovery that expansions of noncoding repeats lead to neuronal dysfunction responsible for myoclonic tremor and epilepsy extends the understanding of diseases with such repeat expansion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-590
Number of pages10
JournalNature Genetics
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2018

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  • Genetics

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    Ishiura, H., Doi, K., Mitsui, J., Yoshimura, J., Matsukawa, M. K., Fujiyama, A., Toyoshima, Y., Kakita, A., Takahashi, H., Suzuki, Y., Sugano, S., Qu, W., Ichikawa, K., Yurino, H., Higasa, K., Shibata, S., Mitsue, A., Tanaka, M., Ichikawa, Y., ... Tsuji, S. (2018). Expansions of intronic TTTCA and TTTTA repeats in benign adult familial myoclonic epilepsy. Nature Genetics, 50(4), 581-590. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-018-0067-2