NDUFAF6-Related Leigh Syndrome (LS) via the NDUFAF6 Gene
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- Clinical Features and Genetics
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The hallmark features of this syndrome are elevated levels of lactate in blood and cerebral spinal fluid, in addition to the presence of bilateral symmetric necrotic lesions in the basal ganglia, brain stem, thalamus, and/or spinal cord (Wedatilake et al. 2013; Leigh 1951). Patients also present with isolated or combined mitochondrial complex deficiencies, psychomotor delay or regression, and neurologic manifestations such as hypotonia or ataxia. The term ‘Leigh-Like Syndrome (LLS)’ is used to describe a similar clinical presentation in which one or more of these diagnostic characteristics is atypical.
Symptomatic onset of this disorder usually occurs shortly after birth or within the first three years of life, although cases of adult-onset LS/LLS have been reported (Ronchi et al. 2011). LS/LLS infants often present with feeding difficulties, gastrointestinal distress, hypotonia, and growth delays, while older children (>1 years) may develop additional symptoms including developmental regression (loss of cognitive or motor skills), dysphagia, hypertrichosis, dystonic posturing, nystagmus, and opthalmoplegia (Wedatilake et al. 2013).
LS and LLS have been linked to pathogenic variants in over 60 different genes (Rahman 2015). Although certain genes are associated with classic LS more frequently than atypical LLS, genotype-phenotype correlations remain poorly understood. To date, only one family has been identified with NDUFAF6-associated LS (Pagliarini et al. 2008). Affected individuals within this family presented in infancy with classic LS, focal seizures, and ataxia.
Nuclear genes associated with autosomal recessive inheritance of LS/LLS include: SURF1, BCS1L, C12ORF65, COX10, COX15, FOXRED1, GFM1, LRPPRC, NDUFA2, NDUFA4, NDUFA9, NDUFA10, NDUFA11, NDUFA12, NDUFAF2, NDUFAF5, NDUFAF6, NDUFS1, NDUFS2, NDUFS3, NDUFS4, NDUFS7, NDUFS8, NDUFV1, PDSS2, PET100, SCO2, SDHA, SDHAF1, SLC19A3, SUCLA2, SUCLG1, TACO1, TTC19, UQCRQ, SERAC1, NDUFV2, MTFMT, HIBCH, TSFM, ECHS1, LIAS, PNPT1, POLG, LIPT1, DLD, TPK1, and ETHE1.
Mitochondrial genes associated with maternal inheritance of LS/LLS include: MT-ATP6, MT-TL1, MT-TK, MT-TW, MT-TV, MT-ND1, MT-ND2, MT-ND3, MT-ND4, MT-ND5, MT-ND6, and MT-CO3 .
X-linked genes associated with X-linked recessive inheritance of LS/LLS include: NDUFA1, AIFM1, PDHA1, PDHB, and PDHX. In this form of inheritance, male patients are more frequently affected, although heterozygous females may present with LS/LLS due to skewed X-inactivation (Patel et al. 2012).
The NDUFAF6 (C8orf38) gene, composed of nine exons, encodes an assembly factor for the mitochondrial NADH-ubiquinone oxidoreductase (also known as Complex I) (McKenzie et al. 2011). To date, only one pathogenic variant, a homozygous missense change (Gln99Arg), has been documented as a primary cause of NDUFAF6-associated LS (Pagliarini et al. 2008).
Indications for Test
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- Darin N. et al. 2001. Annals of Neurology. 49: 377-83. PubMed ID: 11261513
- Leigh D. 1951. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. 14: 216-21. PubMed ID: 14874135
- McKenzie M. et al. 2011. Journal of Molecular Biology. 414: 413-26. PubMed ID: 22019594
- Pagliarini D.J. et al. 2008. Cell. 134: 112-23. PubMed ID: 18614015
- Patel K. et al. 2012. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. 105: 34-43. PubMed ID: 22079328
- Rahman S. 2015. Nuclear Gene-Encoded Leigh Syndrome Overview. 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: 26425749
- Rahman S. et al. 1996. Annals of Neurology. 39: 343-51. PubMed ID: 8602753
- Ronchi D. et al. 2011. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 412: 245-8. PubMed ID: 21819970
- Ruhoy I.S., Saneto R.P. 2014. The Application of Clinical Genetics. 7: 221-34. PubMed ID: 25419155
- Wedatilake Y. et al. 2013. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. 8: 96. PubMed ID: 23829769
- Zhu Z. et al. 1998. Nature Genetics. 20: 337-43. PubMed ID: 9843204
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 10 bases of non-coding DNA flanking the exon are sequenced.
As of February 2018, we compared 26.8 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 14 years of our lab operation we have Sanger sequenced roughly 14,300 PCR amplicons. Only one error has been identified, and this was an error in analysis of sequence data.
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 10 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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