We report on familial 5 epilepsy patients with autosomal dominant inheritance of a novel heterozygous NUS1 frameshift mutation. All patients had cerebellar ataxia and tremor. Three patients were diagnosed with childhood absence epilepsy, 1 patient with generalized epilepsy, and 1 patient with parkinsonism without epilepsy. Our cases and previously reported cases with deletions of chromosome 6q22 that include NUS1 share these common symptoms. In a cellular experiment, NUS1 mutation led to a substantial reduction of the protein level of NUS1. NUS1 mutation could contribute to epilepsy pathogenesis and also constitute a distinct syndromic entity with cerebellar ataxia and tremor.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology