Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome via the SYT2 Gene
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- Clinical Features and Genetics
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Clinical sensitivity is not available because only a limited number of patients have been reported. The majority of reported pathogenic variants in SYT2 are missense, although one large duplication has been reported (Human Gene Mutation Database).
Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS) are disorders of the neuromuscular junction resulting from abnormalities of presynaptic, synaptic, or post synaptic proteins. CMS are characterized by fatigable weakness affecting limb, ocular, facial, and bulbar muscles. Neonates present with feeding problems, choking, feeble cry, and muscle weakness. Patients presenting in later childhood are seen with abnormal exercise-induced fatigue and difficulty running. Most patients present prior to 2 years of age, although rare exceptions have been reported (Croxen et al. 2002). Symptoms are extremely variable, and are in some case induced by febrile illness, infection, or excitement (Byring et al. 2002). Life threatening respiratory crises may occur in affected neonates or older children. CMS may be differentiated from myasthenia gravis, an acquired autoimmune disorder, by earlier age at onset and by negative serology tests, such as anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) and anti-Musk antibodies (Engel et al. 2015). CMS can be classified based on the location of the defect: presynaptic, synaptic, and postsynaptic. Congenital myasthenic syndrome-7 (CMS7) is potentially treatable complex presynaptic congenital myasthenic syndrome resulting from pathogenic variants in the SYT2 gene (Herrmann et al. 2014).
Congenital myasthenic syndrome-7 is caused by pathogenic variants in SYT2 and is inherited in autosomal dominant manner. The SYT2 gene encodes a synaptic vesicle membrane protein, which is an important calcium sensor and plays critical role in vesicular trafficking and exocytosis. The SYT2 gene contains nine exons (eight coding exons), encodes 419 amino acids and located at 1q32.1. Pathogenic variants in SYT2 disrupt synaptic vesicle exocytosis in a dominant-negative manner and interfere calcium-triggered neurotransmitter release in peripheral motor nerve terminals (Herrmann et al. 2014; Whittaker et al. 2015).
This test involves bidirectional Sanger DNA sequencing of all coding exons and splice sites of the SYT2 gene. The full coding sequence of each exon plus ~ 20 bp of flanking DNA on either side are sequenced. We will also sequence any single exon (Test #100) in family members of patients with a known mutation or to confirm research results.
Indications for Test
A comprehensive diagnostic algorithm can be found in (Abicht and Lochmüller 2006).
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- Genetic Counselor Team - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Angela Gruber, PhD - email@example.com
- Abicht A., Lochmüller H. 2006. Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong C-T, and Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews™, Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle. PubMed ID: 20301347
- Byring R.F. et al. 2002. Neuromuscular Disorders. 12: 548-53. PubMed ID: 12117478
- Croxen R. et al. 2002. Neurology. 59: 162-8. PubMed ID: 12141316
- Engel A.G. et al. 2015. The Lancet. Neurology. 14: 420-34. PubMed ID: 25792100
- Herrmann D.N. et al. 2014. American Journal of Human Genetics. 95: 332-9. PubMed ID: 25192047
- Human Gene Mutation Database (Bio-base).
- Whittaker R.G. et al. 2015. Neurology. 85: 1964-71. PubMed ID: 26519543
Bi-Directional Sanger Sequencing
Nomenclature for sequence variants was from the Human Genome Variation Society (http://www.hgvs.org). As required, DNA is extracted from the patient specimen. PCR is used to amplify the indicated exons plus additional flanking non-coding sequence. After cleaning of the PCR products, cycle sequencing is carried out using the ABI Big Dye Terminator v.3.0 kit. Products are resolved by electrophoresis on an ABI 3730xl capillary sequencer. In most cases, sequencing is performed in both forward and reverse directions; in some cases, sequencing is performed twice in either the forward or reverse directions. In nearly all cases, the full coding region of each exon as well as 20 bases of non-coding DNA flanking the exon are sequenced.
As of March 2016, we compared 17.37 Mb of Sanger DNA sequence generated at PreventionGenetics to NextGen sequence generated in other labs. We detected only 4 errors in our Sanger sequences, and these were all due to allele dropout during PCR. For Proficiency Testing, both external and internal, in the 12 years of our lab operation we have Sanger sequenced roughly 8,800 PCR amplicons. Only one error has been identified, and this was due to sequence analysis error.
Our Sanger sequencing is capable of detecting virtually all nucleotide substitutions within the PCR amplicons. Similarly, we detect essentially all heterozygous or homozygous deletions within the amplicons. Homozygous deletions which overlap one or more PCR primer annealing sites are detectable as PCR failure. Heterozygous deletions which overlap one or more PCR primer annealing sites are usually not detected (see Analytical Limitations). All heterozygous insertions within the amplicons up to about 100 nucleotides in length appear to be detectable. Larger heterozygous insertions may not be detected. All homozygous insertions within the amplicons up to about 300 nucleotides in length appear to be detectable. Larger homozygous insertions may masquerade as homozygous deletions (PCR failure).
In exons where our sequencing did not reveal any variation between the two alleles, we cannot be certain that we were able to PCR amplify both of the patient’s alleles. Occasionally, a patient may carry an allele which does not amplify, due for example to a deletion or a large insertion. In these cases, the report contains no information about the second allele.
Similarly, our sequencing tests have almost no power to detect duplications, triplications, etc. of the gene sequences.
In most cases, only the indicated exons and roughly 20 bp of flanking non-coding sequence on each side are analyzed. Test reports contain little or no information about other portions of the gene, including many regulatory regions.
In nearly all cases, we are unable to determine the phase of sequence variants. In particular, when we find two likely causative mutations for recessive disorders, we cannot be certain that the mutations are on different alleles.
Our ability to detect minor sequence variants, due for example to somatic mosaicism is limited. Sequence variants that are present in less than 50% of the patient’s nucleated cells may not be detected.
Runs of mononucleotide repeats (eg (A)n or (T)n) with n >8 in the reference sequence are generally not analyzed because of strand slippage during PCR and cycle sequencing.
Unless otherwise indicated, the sequence data that we report are based on DNA isolated from a specific tissue (usually leukocytes). Test reports contain no information about gene sequences in other tissues.
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