Implication of LRRC4C and DPP6 in neurodevelopmental disorders

Gilles Maussion, Cristiana Cruceanu, Jill A. Rosenfeld, Scott C. Bell, Fabrice Jollant, Jin Szatkiewicz, Ryan L. Collins, Carrie Hanscom, Ilaria Kolobova, Nicolas Menjot de Champfleur, Ian Blumenthal, Colby Chiang, Vanessa Ota, Christina Hultman, Colm O'Dushlaine, Steve McCarroll, Martin Alda, Sebastien Jacquemont, Zehra Ordulu, Christian R. MarshallMelissa T. Carter, Lisa G. Shaffer, Pamela Sklar, Santhosh Girirajan, Cynthia C. Morton, James F. Gusella, Gustavo Turecki, Dimitri J. Stavropoulos, Patrick F. Sullivan, Stephen W. Scherer, Michael E. Talkowski, Carl Ernst

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We performed whole-genome sequencing on an individual from a family with variable psychiatric phenotypes that had a sensory processing disorder, apraxia, and autism. The proband harbored a maternally inherited balanced translocation (46,XY,t(11;14)(p12;p12)mat) that disrupted LRRC4C, a member of the highly specialized netrin G family of axon guidance molecules. The proband also inherited a paternally derived chromosomal inversion that disrupted DPP6, a potassium channel interacting protein. Copy Number (CN) analysis in 14,077 cases with neurodevelopmental disorders and 8,960 control subjects revealed that 60% of cases with exonic deletions in LRRC4C had a second clinically recognizable syndrome associated with variable clinical phenotypes, including 16p11.2, 1q44, and 2q33.1 CN syndromes, suggesting LRRC4C deletion variants may be modifiers of neurodevelopmental disorders. In vitro, functional assessments modeling patient deletions in LRRC4C suggest a negative regulatory role of these exons found in the untranslated region of LRRC4C, which has a single, terminal coding exon. These data suggest that the proband's autism may be due to the inheritance of disruptions in both DPP6 and LRRC4C, and may highlight the importance of the netrin G family and potassium channel interacting molecules in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-406
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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