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Heterozygous KIF1A variants underlie a wide spectrum of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders
  1. Francesco Nicita1,
  2. Monia Ginevrino2,3,
  3. Lorena Travaglini1,
  4. Stefano D'Arrigo4,
  5. Giovanna Zorzi5,
  6. Renato Borgatti6,7,
  7. Gaetano Terrone8,
  8. Michela Catteruccia1,
  9. Gessica Vasco9,
  10. Vesna Brankovic10,
  11. Sabrina Siliquini11,
  12. Silvia Romano12,
  13. Chiara Veredice13,
  14. Marina Pedemonte14,
  15. Michelina Armando9,
  16. Donatella Lettori9,
  17. Fabrizia Stregapede1,15,
  18. Luca Bosco1,
  19. Antonella Sferra1,
  20. Valeria Tessarollo4,
  21. Romina Romaniello16,
  22. Giovanni Ristori12,
  23. Enrico Bertini1,
  24. Enza Maria Valente7,17,
  25. Ginevra Zanni1
  1. 1Unit of Neuromuscular and Neurodegenerative Diseases, Department of Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation, IRCCS Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Roma, Italy
  2. 2Istituto di Medicina Genomica, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario “A. Gemelli” IRCCS, Roma, Italy
  3. 3Laboratory of Medical Genetics, IRCCS, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Roma, Italy
  4. 4Department of Developmental Neurology, Fondazione IRCCS, Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milano, Italy
  5. 5Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, Fondazione IRCCS, Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milano, Italy
  6. 6Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
  7. 7IRCCS Mondino Foundation, Pavia, Italy
  8. 8Department of Translational Medicine, Section of Pediatrics, Child Neurology Unit, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Campania, Italy
  9. 9Unit of Neurorehabilitation, Department of Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation, IRCCS Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Roma, Italy
  10. 10Clinic for Child Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
  11. 11Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, Pediatric Hospital G. Salesi, Ospedali Riuniti, Ancona, Italy
  12. 12Neurosciences, Mental Health, and Sensory Organs (NESMOS) Department, Center for Experimental Neurological Therapies, S. Andrea Hospital Site, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  13. 13Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario "A. Gemelli" IRCCS, Rom, Italy
  14. 14Unit of Pediatric Neurology and Muscle Diseases, IRCCS Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genova, Italy
  15. 15Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rom, Italy
  16. 16Neuropsychiatry and Neurorehabilitation Unit, Scientific Institute, IRCCS Eugenio Medea, Lecco, Italy
  17. 17Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Francesco Nicita, Rome, Italy; francesco.nicita{at}opbg.net

Abstract

Background Dominant and recessive variants in the KIF1A gene on chromosome 2q37.3 are associated with several phenotypes, although only three syndromes are currently listed in the OMIM classification: hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 2 and spastic paraplegia type 30, both recessively inherited, and mental retardation type 9 with dominant inheritance.

Methods In this retrospective multicentre study, we describe the clinical, neuroradiological and genetic features of 19 Caucasian patients (aged 3–65 years) harbouring heterozygous KIF1A variants, and extensively review the available literature to improve current classification of KIF1A-related disorders.

Results Patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 comprised patients with a complex phenotype with prominent pyramidal signs, variably associated in all but one case with additional features (ie, epilepsy, ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, optic nerve atrophy); conversely, patients in group 2 presented an early onset or congenital ataxic phenotype. Fourteen different heterozygous missense variants were detected by next-generation sequencing screening, including three novel variants, most falling within the kinesin motor domain.

Conclusion The present study further enlarges the clinical and mutational spectrum of KIF1A-related disorders by describing a large series of patients with dominantly inherited KIF1A pathogenic variants ranging from pure to complex forms of hereditary spastic paraparesis/paraplegias (HSP) and ataxic phenotypes in a lower proportion of cases. A comprehensive review of the literature indicates that KIF1A screening should be implemented in HSP regardless of its mode of inheritance or presentations as well as in other complex neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental disorders showing congenital or early onset ataxia.

  • central nervous system diseases
  • cerebellar diseases
  • genetic heterogeneity
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • neurology
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  • FN and MG contributed equally.

  • Contributors FN, MG, EMV, GZ and ESB established the project. FN and MG collected the data. FN and MG wrote the first draft of the manuscript, tables and figures. MG, LT, FS, LB and AS performed molecular analyses. All the remaining authors clinically diagnosed and followed up the patients. All the authors revised the manuscript for important intellectual content and approved the final version.

  • Funding This work was supported from grants from the Italian Ministry of Health (Ricerca Finalizzata NET-2013–02356160, Ricerca Corrente 2020 to IRCCS Fondazione Mondino), European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant 260888), Italian Ministry of University and Research (Progetto Dipartimenti di Eccellenza to Dept. of Molecular Medicine, University of Pavia) and Pierfranco and Luisa Mariani Foundation (PADAPORT project).

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Ethics approval This study has been notified to the Ethics Committee of the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital (approval number 590).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement Data are available on reasonable request. The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

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