Mutations in KCNJ10, which encodes the inwardly rectifying potassium channel Kir4.1, a primary regulator of membrane excitability and potassium homeostasis, cause a complex syndrome characterized by seizures, sensorineural deafness, ataxia, intellectual disability, and electrolyte imbalance called SeSAME/EAST syndrome. We describe a 41-year-old patient with non-syndromic, slowly progressive, early-onset ataxia. Targeted next-generation sequencing identified a novel c.180 T > G (p.Ile60Met) missense homozygous mutation. The mutated residue Ile60Met likely impairs phosphatidylinositol 4, 5-bisphosphate (PIP2) binding which is known to play an essential role in channel gating. Our study expands the clinical and mutational spectrum of KCNJ10-related disorders and suggests that screening of this gene should be implemented in patients with early-onset ataxia, with or without syndromic features.
- EAST syndrome
- Phosphatidylinositol 4, 5-bisphosphate (PIP2)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology