ZMYND11 variants are a novel cause of centrotemporal and generalised epilepsies with neurodevelopmental disorder

Stephanie Oates, Michael Absoud, Sushma Goyal, Sophie Bayley, Jennifer Baulcomb, Annemarie Sims, Amy Riddett, Katrina Allis, Charlotte Brasch-Andersen, Meena Balasubramanian, Renkui Bai, Bert Callewaert, Ulrike Hüffmeier, Diana Le Duc, Maximilian Radtke, Christian Korff, Joanna Kennedy, Karen Low, Rikke S. Møller, Jens Erik Klint NielsenBernt Popp, Lina Quteineh, Gitte Rønde, Bitten Schönewolf-Greulich, Amelle Shillington, Matthew R.G. Taylor, Emily Todd, Pernille M. Torring, Zeynep Tümer M.D.Ph D. DMSc, Georgia Vasileiou, T. Michael Yates, Christiane Zweier, Richard Rosch, M. Albert Basson, Deb K. Pal*

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ZMYND11 is the critical gene in chromosome 10p15.3 microdeletion syndrome, a syndromic cause of intellectual disability. The phenotype of ZMYND11 variants has recently been extended to autism and seizures. We expand on the epilepsy phenotype of 20 individuals with pathogenic variants in ZMYND11. We obtained clinical descriptions of 16 new and nine published individuals, plus detailed case history of two children. New individuals were identified through GeneMatcher, ClinVar and the European Network for Therapies in Rare Epilepsy (NETRE). Genetic evaluation was performed using gene panels or exome sequencing; variants were classified using American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) criteria. Individuals with ZMYND11 associated epilepsy fell into three groups: (i) atypical benign partial epilepsy or idiopathic focal epilepsy (n = 8); (ii) generalised epilepsies/infantile epileptic encephalopathy (n = 4); (iii) unclassified (n = 8). Seizure prognosis ranged from spontaneous remission to drug resistant. Neurodevelopmental deficits were invariable. Dysmorphic features were variable. Variants were distributed across the gene and mostly de novo with no precise genotype–phenotype correlation. ZMYND11 is one of a small group of chromatin reader genes associated in the pathogenesis of epilepsy, and specifically ABPE. More detailed epilepsy descriptions of larger cohorts and functional studies might reveal genotype–phenotype correlation. The epileptogenic mechanism may be linked to interaction with histone H3.3.

TidsskriftClinical Genetics
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)412-429
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2021

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the European Union Programme of the Seventh Framework: Development of Strategies for Innovative Research to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment in children with difficult to treat Epilepsy, “DESIRE” (602531, DKP); Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Biology of Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (BIOJUME) (201503MOP‐342469, DKP); National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant for Applied Research: Changing Agendas on Sleep, Treatment and Learning in Epilepsy (CASTLE) RP‐PG‐0615‐20007 (DKP); Waterloo Foundation Project Grant 164‐3020 (DKP); Charles Sykes Epilepsy Research Trust (DKP); NIHR Specialist Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (DKP).

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© 2021 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


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