Arch Iran Med. 2021;24(5): 364-373.
doi: 10.34172/aim.2021.53

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CEP104 and CEP290; Genes with Ciliary Functions Cause Intellectual Disability in Multiple Families

Shahrouz Khoshbakht 1, Maryam Beheshtian 1,2, Zohreh Fattahi 1,2, Niloofar Bazazzadegan 1, Elham Parsimehr 2, Mahsa Fadaee 2, Raheleh Vazehan 2, Mehrshid Faraji Zonooz 2, Ayda Abolhassani 2, Mina Makvand 2, Ariana Kariminejad 2, Arzu Celik 3, Kimia Kahrizi 1, Hossein Najmabadi 1,2*

1 Genetics Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Kariminejad - Najmabadi Pathology & Genetics Center, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
*Corresponding Author: *Corresponding Author: Hossein Najmabadi, PhD; Genetics Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Koodakyar Alley, Daneshjoo Blvd., Evin St., Tehran, Iran. Postal Code: 1985713834. Tel: +98-21-22180138, Fax: +98-21-22180138, Email: , Email: hnajm12@yahoo.com


Background: Neurodevelopmental and intellectual impairments are extremely heterogeneous disorders caused by a diverse variety of genes involved in different molecular pathways and networks. Genetic alterations in cilia, highly-conserved organelles with sensorineural and signal transduction roles can compromise their proper functions and lead to so-called “ciliopathies” featuring intellectual disability (ID) or neurodevelopmental disorders as frequent clinical manifestations. Here, we report several Iranian families affected with ID and other ciliopathy-associated features carrying known and novel variants in two ciliary genes; CEP104 and CEP290.
Methods: Whole exome and Targeted exome sequencing were carried out on affected individuals. Lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) derived from the members of affected families were established for two families carrying CEP104 mutations. RNA and protein expression studies were carried out on these cells using qPCR and Western blot, respectively.
Results: A novel homozygous variant; NM_025114.3:c.7341_7344dupACTT p.(Ser2449Thrfs*8) and four previously reported homozygous variants; NM_025114.3:c.322C>T p.(Arg108*), NM_025114.3:c.4393C>T p.(Arg1465*), NM_025114.3:c.5668G>T p.(Gly1890*) and NM_025114.3:c.1666dupA p.(Ile556Asnfs*20) were identified in CEP290. In two other families, two novel homozygous variants; NM_014704:c.2356_2357insTT p.(Cys786Phefs*11) and NM_014704:c.1901_1902insT p.(Leu634Phefs*33) were identified in CEP104, another ciliary gene. qPCR and Western blot analyses showed significantly lower levels of CEP104 transcripts and protein in patients compared to heterozygous or normal family members.
Conclusion: We emphasize on the clinical variability and pleiotropic phenotypes due to variants of these genes. In conclusion, our findings support the pivotal role of these genes resulting in cognitive and neurodevelopmental features.

Cite this article as: Khoshbakht S, Beheshtian M, Fattahi Z, Bazazzadegan N, Parsimehr E, Fadaee M, et al. CEP104 and CEP290; genes with ciliary functions cause intellectual disability in multiple families. Arch Iran Med. 2021;24(5):364-373. doi: 10.34172/ aim.2021.53
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Submitted: 27 Dec 2020
Accepted: 13 Mar 2021
ePublished: 01 May 2021
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