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Characterizing the morbid genome of ciliopathies

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Biology (Online Edition), November 2016
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Characterizing the morbid genome of ciliopathies
Published in
Genome Biology (Online Edition), November 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13059-016-1099-5
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Ranad Shaheen, Katarzyna Szymanska, Basudha Basu, Nisha Patel, Nour Ewida, Eissa Faqeih, Amal Al Hashem, Nada Derar, Hadeel Alsharif, Mohammed A. Aldahmesh, Anas M. Alazami, Mais Hashem, Niema Ibrahim, Firdous M. Abdulwahab, Rawda Sonbul, Hisham Alkuraya, Maha Alnemer, Saeed Al Tala, Muneera Al-Husain, Heba Morsy, Mohammed Zain Seidahmed, Neama Meriki, Mohammed Al-Owain, Saad AlShahwan, Brahim Tabarki, Mustafa A. Salih, Tariq Faquih, Mohamed El-Kalioby, Marius Ueffing, Karsten Boldt, Clare V. Logan, David A. Parry, Nada Al Tassan, Dorota Monies, Andre Megarbane, Mohamed Abouelhoda, Anason Halees, Colin A. Johnson, Fowzan S. Alkuraya


Ciliopathies are clinically diverse disorders of the primary cilium. Remarkable progress has been made in understanding the molecular basis of these genetically heterogeneous conditions; however, our knowledge of their morbid genome, pleiotropy, and variable expressivity remains incomplete. We applied genomic approaches on a large patient cohort of 371 affected individuals from 265 families, with phenotypes that span the entire ciliopathy spectrum. Likely causal mutations in previously described ciliopathy genes were identified in 85% (225/265) of the families, adding 32 novel alleles. Consistent with a fully penetrant model for these genes, we found no significant difference in their "mutation load" beyond the causal variants between our ciliopathy cohort and a control non-ciliopathy cohort. Genomic analysis of our cohort further identified mutations in a novel morbid gene TXNDC15, encoding a thiol isomerase, based on independent loss of function mutations in individuals with a consistent ciliopathy phenotype (Meckel-Gruber syndrome) and a functional effect of its deficiency on ciliary signaling. Our study also highlighted seven novel candidate genes (TRAPPC3, EXOC3L2, FAM98C, C17orf61, LRRCC1, NEK4, and CELSR2) some of which have established links to ciliogenesis. Finally, we show that the morbid genome of ciliopathies encompasses many founder mutations, the combined carrier frequency of which accounts for a high disease burden in the study population. Our study increases our understanding of the morbid genome of ciliopathies. We also provide the strongest evidence, to date, in support of the classical Mendelian inheritance of Bardet-Biedl syndrome and other ciliopathies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Taiwan 1 <1%
Unknown 120 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 30 24%
Researcher 19 15%
Student > Bachelor 13 10%
Student > Master 11 9%
Professor 10 8%
Other 28 23%
Unknown 13 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 48 39%
Medicine and Dentistry 25 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 13 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 2%
Computer Science 3 2%
Other 14 11%
Unknown 18 15%

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