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Identification of a novel CACNA1A mutation in a Chinese family with autosomal recessive progressive myoclonic epilepsy

Authors Lv YD, Wang Z, Liu C, Cui L

Received 7 July 2017

Accepted for publication 21 August 2017

Published 19 October 2017 Volume 2017:13 Pages 2631—2636


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Roger Pinder

Yudan Lv, Zan Wang, Chang Liu, Li Cui

Department of Neurology, Department of Neurology and Neuroscience Center, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, People’s Republic of China

Background: Progressive myoclonic epilepsy (PME) is a heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorder, which is commonly manifested with refractory seizures and neurologic deterioration. The prognosis of PME is poor, so early diagnosis of PME is critical. The aim of our study is to identify the novel pathogenic gene in a Chinese family with PME, which may be helpful in future.
Subjects and methods: A three-generation consanguineous Chinese Han family with PME was recruited. A novel homozygous variant was identified by the genetic technique of exome sequencing and certificated by Sanger sequencing and functional prediction.
A novel homozygous variant, c.6975_6976insCAG, in the CACNA1A was identified in the PME family. The novel variant encoding the alpha-1A subunit of the calcium channel Cav2.1 was found in two siblings in the Chinese family and was absent in 50 normal controls. Our research indicates that the homozygous c.6975_6976insCAG might be the pathogenic mutation for PME.
Conclusion: As a molecular diagnostic strategy, our research explores the mutation gene spectrum of PME and has resulted in significant predictions for genetic counseling.

Keywords: CACNA1A, PME, exome sequencing, myoclonus, muscular hypotonia
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