KCNQ2: Phenotype Might Correlate With Genotype-Associated Neonatal Epilepsy: Phenotype Might Correlate With Genotype

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We analyzed the KCNQ2 wild-type gene and 3 mutations to highlight the important association between the KCNQ2 phenotype and genotype. The clinical phenotypes of 3 mutations (p.E515D, p.V543 M, and p.R213Q) were compared. KCNQ2, wild-type, and mutant KCNQ2 alleles were transfected into HEK293 cells before whole-cell patch-clamp analysis. Neurodevelopmental outcomes were worst in patients with the p.R213Q mutation, better in patients with the p.E515D mutation, and best in patients with the novel p.V543 M mutation. The currents in p.E515D and in p.V543 M were significantly lower than in the wild type in homomeric and heteromeric transfected HEK293 cells (P < .05). The opening threshold shifted to values that were more positive, and the maximal current induced by strong depolarization was higher in cells with the p.E515D and p.R213Q mutations. We provide evidence that genotype is involved in determining clinical phenotype, including the seizure frequency and outcome.

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