Two recent genetic studies reported that loss-of-function mutation of the C-terminal cargo-binding tail domain of the KIF5A gene cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The aim of this study is to investigate the frequency of KIF5A variants in Japanese patients with sporadic ALS. In total, 807 sporadic ALS patients and 191 normal controls from a multicenter ALS cohort in Japan were included. Whole exome sequencing on an Illumina HiSeq 2000/2500 sequencer was used to identify and select variants within the KIF5A gene. Thirteen patients harbored a nonsynonymous variant in the KIF5A gene; These were considered variants of uncertain significance. One patient harbored a novel splice-site variant (c.2993-3C>A) in the C-terminal cargo-binding tail domain of the KIF5A gene. Functional analysis of this variant revealed that it caused skipping of exon 27. The frequency of KIF5A mutations in Japanese patients with sporadic ALS was 0.12% (1/807). This study reports a novel loss-of-function variant in KIF5A, and indicates that loss-of-function variant in KIF5A is a rare cause of sporadic ALS in Japanese patients.
|Journal||Neurobiology of Aging|
|Publication status||Published - 01-2021|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental Biology
- Clinical Neurology
- Geriatrics and Gerontology