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X-linked protocadherin 19 mutations cause female-limited epilepsy and cognitive impairment

Leanne M Dibbens, Patrick S Tarpey, Kim Hynes, Marta A Bayly, Ingrid E Scheffer, Raffaella Smith, Jamee Bomar, Edwina Sutton, Lucianne Vandeleur, Cheryl Shoubridge, Sarah Edkins, Samantha J Turner, Claire Stevens, Sarah O'Meara, Calli Tofts, Syd Barthorpe, Gemma Buck, Jennifer Cole, Kelly Halliday, David Jones Show all



Epilepsy and mental retardation limited to females (EFMR) is a disorder with an X-linked mode of inheritance and an unusual expression pattern. Disorders arising from mutations on the X chromosome are typically characterized by affected males and unaffected carrier females. In contrast, EFMR spares transmitting males and affects only carrier females. Aided by systematic resequencing of 737 X chromosome genes, we identified different protocadherin 19 (PCDH19) gene mutations in seven families with EFMR. Five mutations resulted in the introduction of a premature termination codon. Study of two of these demonstrated nonsense-mediated decay of PCDH19 mRNA. The two missense mutations were predicte..

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