Variations of the Candidate SEZ6L2 Gene on Chromosome 16p11.2 in Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders and in Human Populations

Marina Konyukh, Richard Delorme, Pauline Chaste, Claire Leblond, Nathalie Lemière, Gudrun Nygren, Henrik Anckarsäter, Maria Råstam, Ola Ståhlberg, Frederique Amsellem, I Carina Gillberg, Marie Christine Mouren-Simeoni, Evelyn Herbrecht, Fabien Fauchereau, Roberto Toro, Christopher Gillberg, Marion Leboyer, Thomas Bourgeron

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Background: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of severe childhood neurodevelopmental disorders with still unknown etiology. One of the most frequently reported associations is the presence of recurrent de novo or inherited microdeletions and microduplications on chromosome 16p11.2. The analysis of rare variations of 8 candidate genes among the 27 genes located in this region suggested SEZ6L2 as a compelling candidate.

Methodology/Principal Findings: We further explored the role of SEZ6L2 variations by screening its coding part in a group of 452 individuals, including 170 patients with ASD and 282 individuals from different ethnic backgrounds of the Human Genome Diversity Panel (HGDP), complementing the previously reported screening. We detected 7 previously unidentified
non-synonymous variations of SEZ6L2 in ASD patients. We also identified 6 non-synonymous variations present only in HGDP. When we merged our results with the previously published, no enrichment of non-synonymous variation in SEZ6L2 was observed in the ASD group compared with controls.

Conclusions/Significance: Our results provide an extensive ascertainment of the genetic variability of SEZ6L2 in human populations and do not support a major role for SEZ6L2 sequence variations in the susceptibility to ASD.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere17289
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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  • Psychiatry


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