Whole-exome and HLA sequencing in Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome

Ingo Helbig, Giulia Barcia, Manuela Pendziwiat, Shiva Ganesan, Stefanie H. Mueller, Katherine L. Helbig, Priya Vaidiswaran, Julie Xian, Peter D. Galer, Zaid Afawi, Nicola Specchio, Gerhard Kluger, Gregor Kuhlenbäumer, Silke Appenzeller, Michael Wittig, Uri Kramer, Andreas van Baalen, Rima Nabbout

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Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) is a devastating epilepsy characterized by new-onset refractory status epilepticus with a prior febrile infection. We performed exome sequencing in 50 individuals with FIRES, including 27 patient–parent trios and 23 single probands, none of whom had pathogenic variants in established genes for epilepsies or neurodevelopmental disorders. We also performed HLA sequencing in 29 individuals with FIRES and 529 controls, which failed to identify prominent HLA alleles. The genetic architecture of FIRES is substantially different from other developmental and epileptic encephalopathies, and the underlying etiology remains elusive, requiring novel approaches to identify the underlying causative factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1429-1435
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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