BRAT1Mutations Are Associated with Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathy, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, and Survival Into Childhood

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Abstract

We describe two siblings who were affected with early onset focal seizures, severe progressive postnatal microcephaly, muscular hypertonia, feeding problems and bouts of apnea, only minimal psychomotor development, as well as death in infancy and childhood. We identified compound heterozygous mutations inBRAT1exons 5 (c.638_639insA) and 8 (c.1134+1G>A) in one affected child via next-generation sequencing of the disease-associated genome followed by phenotype-driven bioinformatic analysis. Sanger sequencing confirmed the presence of these mutations in both patients and a heterozygote status of the parents. Whereas the frameshift mutation (c.638_639insA) has been described in one family, the splice-site mutation (c.1134+1G>A) is novel. In contrast to all cases published so far, one of our patients showed a considerably milder clinical course with survival into childhood. Investigation of a skeletal muscle biopsy showed a severely reduced COX enzyme histochemical staining, indicating mitochondrial dysfunction. Our data expand the clinical and mutational spectrum of theBRAT1-associated phenotype. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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