Mild paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia caused by PRRT2 missense mutation with reduced penetrance

Department of Neurology, MS Center, and Laboratory of Neuroimmunology and the Agnes-Ginges Center for Neurogenetics, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Ein-Karem, Jerusalem, Israel.
Neurology (Impact Factor: 8.29). 08/2012; 79(9):946-8. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318266fabf
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Paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD) is an uncommon disorder characterized by brief episodes of involuntary dystonia or choreoathetosis triggered by sudden voluntary movement.(1) Recently, several groups identified mutations in patients with PKD in the proline-rich transmembrane protein 2 (PRRT2) gene.(2-7) We report a missense c.913G>A (p.Gly305Arg) change in PRRT2 in 4 siblings with PKD, 2 with infrequent symptoms. The association of a milder phenotype and reduced penetrance with this missense mutation suggests partial loss of function.

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    • "The gene responsible for PNKD was identified as the MR-1 gene in 2004, but it is now referred to as PNKD (Raskind et al., 1998; Lee et al., 2004; Rainier et al., 2004). To date three mutations in this gene have been reported; p.A7V, p.A9V and p.A33P, the first two of which have been found in multiple unrelated patients (Lee et al., 2004; Friedman et al., 2009; Ghezzi et al., 2009; Shen et al., 2011; Pons et al., 2012; Erro et al., 2014). Recent work from Shen et al., (2015) has shown that PNKD interacts with the synaptic active zone proteins RAB-interacting molecule (RIM)1 and RIM2, and modulates neurotransmitter release. "
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