Novel SACS Mutations Identified by Whole Exome Sequencing in a Norwegian Family with Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay

Abstract

We employed whole exome sequencing to investigate three Norwegian siblings with an autosomal recessive spastic ataxia and epilepsy. All patients were compound heterozygous (c.13352T>C, p.Leu4451Pro; c.6890T>G, p.Leu2297Trp) for mutations in the SACS gene establishing the diagnosis of autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS). The clinical features shown by our patients were typical of this disorder with the exception of epilepsy, which is a rare manifestation. This is the first report of ARSACS in Scandinavian patients and our findings expand the genetic and clinical spectrum of this rare disorder. Moreover, we show that exome sequencing is a powerful and cost-effective tool for the diagnosis of genetically heterogeneous disorders such as the hereditary ataxias.

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066145

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@inproceedings{Tzoulis2013NovelSM, title={Novel SACS Mutations Identified by Whole Exome Sequencing in a Norwegian Family with Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay}, author={Charalampos Tzoulis and Stefan Johansson and Bj\orn Ivar Haukanes and Helge Boman and Per Morten Knappskog and Laurence A Bindoff}, booktitle={PloS one}, year={2013} }