The CDKL5 disorder is an independent clinical entity associated with early-onset encephalopathy

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
European journal of human genetics: EJHG (Impact Factor: 4.35). 08/2012; 21(3). DOI: 10.1038/ejhg.2012.156
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The clinical understanding of the CDKL5 disorder remains limited, with most information being derived from small patient groups seen at individual centres. This study uses a large international data collection to describe the clinical profile of the CDKL5 disorder and compare with Rett syndrome (RTT). Information on individuals with cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) mutations (n=86) and females with MECP2 mutations (n=920) was sourced from the InterRett database. Available photographs of CDKL5 patients were examined for dysmorphic features. The proportion of CDKL5 patients meeting the recent Neul criteria for atypical RTT was determined. Logistic regression and time-to-event analyses were used to compare the occurrence of Rett-like features in those with MECP2 and CDKL5 mutations. Most individuals with CDKL5 mutations had severe developmental delay from birth, seizure onset before the age of 3 months and similar non-dysmorphic features. Less than one-quarter met the criteria for early-onset seizure variant RTT. Seizures and sleep disturbances were more common than in those with MECP2 mutations whereas features of regression and spinal curvature were less common. The CDKL5 disorder presents with a distinct clinical profile and a subtle facial, limb and hand phenotype that may assist in differentiation from other early-onset encephalopathies. Although mutations in the CDKL5 gene have been described in association with the early-onset variant of RTT, in our study the majority did not meet these criteria. Therefore, the CDKL5 disorder should be considered separate to RTT, rather than another variant.European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 8 August 2012; doi:10.1038/ejhg.2012.156.

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    • "Females are heterozygous for CDKL5 deficiency and are mosaic for mutated CDKL5 gene due to random Xchromosome inactivation. Males may also be affected, although with a lower incidence, and have a more severe phenotype (Fehr et al., 2013; Guerrini and Parrini, 2012). CDKL5, also known as STK9, is a serine/threonine protein kinase that is highly expressed in the brain, mainly in neurons with both a nuclear and dendrite localization (Chen et al., 2010; Ricciardi et al., 2012; Rusconi et al., 2008; Zhu et al., 2013). "
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    • "Mutations in the X-linked cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) gene cause early-onset epileptic encephalopathy [1]. Although CDKL5 disorder shares several features with Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the X-linked MECP2 gene [2], recent work assessing data from 86 subjects has argued that it should be considered a distinct clinical entity, primarily due to its early onset and lack of clinical regression following a period of normal development [3]. The primary clinical features of CDKL5 disorder are seizures initiating in the first few months of life, stereotypical hand movements, motor rigidity, and deficient language acquisition [3], [4]. "
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    • "In addition, hypotonia, limited hand skills, poor eye contact and autistic symptoms are the common features of all the patients. Although the symptoms of our patients with CDKL5 mutations overlap with some features of Hanefeld variant of RTT, recent reports have clarified that CDKL5-related disorder should be considered as separate from RTT, rather than another variant [25,26]. "
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