Genotype-phenotype correlations in recessive titinopathies

Marco Savarese, Anna Vihola, Emily C Oates, Rita Barresi, Chiara Fiorillo, Giorgio Tasca, Manu Jokela, Anna Sarkozy, Sushan Luo, Jordi Díaz-Manera, Christoffer Ehrstedt, Ricardo Rojas-García, Amets Sáenz, Nuria Muelas, Fortunato Lonardo, Heidi Fodstad, Talha Qureshi, Mridul Johari, Salla Välipakka, Helena LuquePhilippe Petiot, Adolfo López de Munain, Marika Pane, Eugenio Mercuri, Annalaura Torella, Vincenzo Nigro, Guja Astrea, Filippo Maria Santorelli, Claudio Bruno, Thierry Kuntzer, Isabel Illa, Juan J Vílchez, Cedric Julien, Ana Ferreiro, Alessandro Malandrini, Chong-Bo Zhao, Olivera Casar-Borota, Mark Davis, Francesco Muntoni, Peter Hackman, Bjarne Udd

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PURPOSE: High throughput sequencing analysis has facilitated the rapid analysis of the entire titin (TTN) coding sequence. This has resulted in the identification of a growing number of recessive titinopathy patients. The aim of this study was to (1) characterize the causative genetic variants and clinical features of the largest cohort of recessive titinopathy patients reported to date and (2) to evaluate genotype-phenotype correlations in this cohort.

METHODS: We analyzed clinical and genetic data in a cohort of patients with biallelic pathogenic or likely pathogenic TTN variants. The cohort included both previously reported cases (100 patients from 81 unrelated families) and unreported cases (23 patients from 20 unrelated families).

RESULTS: Overall, 132 causative variants were identified in cohort members. More than half of the cases had hypotonia at birth or muscle weakness and a delayed motor development within the first 12 months of life (congenital myopathy) with causative variants located along the entire gene. The remaining patients had a distal or proximal phenotype and a childhood or later (noncongenital) onset. All noncongenital cases had at least one pathogenic variant in one of the final three TTN exons (362-364).

CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest a novel association between the location of nonsense variants and the clinical severity of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2029-2040
Number of pages12
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


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