TAF1 Variants Are Associated with Dysmorphic Features, Intellectual Disability, and Neurological Manifestations.


Journal Article

We describe an X-linked genetic syndrome associated with mutations in TAF1 and manifesting with global developmental delay, intellectual disability (ID), characteristic facial dysmorphology, generalized hypotonia, and variable neurologic features, all in male individuals. Simultaneous studies using diverse strategies led to the identification of nine families with overlapping clinical presentations and affected by de novo or maternally inherited single-nucleotide changes. Two additional families harboring large duplications involving TAF1 were also found to share phenotypic overlap with the probands harboring single-nucleotide changes, but they also demonstrated a severe neurodegeneration phenotype. Functional analysis with RNA-seq for one of the families suggested that the phenotype is associated with downregulation of a set of genes notably enriched with genes regulated by E-box proteins. In addition, knockdown and mutant studies of this gene in zebrafish have shown a quantifiable, albeit small, effect on a neuronal phenotype. Our results suggest that mutations in TAF1 play a critical role in the development of this X-linked ID syndrome.

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Cited Authors

  • O'Rawe, JA; Wu, Y; Dörfel, MJ; Rope, AF; Au, PYB; Parboosingh, JS; Moon, S; Kousi, M; Kosma, K; Smith, CS; Tzetis, M; Schuette, JL; Hufnagel, RB; Prada, CE; Martinez, F; Orellana, C; Crain, J; Caro-Llopis, A; Oltra, S; Monfort, S; Jiménez-Barrón, LT; Swensen, J; Ellingwood, S; Smith, R; Fang, H; Ospina, S; Stegmann, S; Den Hollander, N; Mittelman, D; Highnam, G; Robison, R; Yang, E; Faivre, L; Roubertie, A; Rivière, J-B; Monaghan, KG; Wang, K; Davis, EE; Katsanis, N; Kalscheuer, VM; Wang, EH; Metcalfe, K; Kleefstra, T; Innes, AM; Kitsiou-Tzeli, S; Rosello, M; Keegan, CE; Lyon, GJ

Published Date

  • December 3, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 97 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 922 - 932

PubMed ID

  • 26637982

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26637982

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-6605

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ajhg.2015.11.005


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States