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A large consanguineous family with a homozygous Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 7 (mGlu7) variant and developmental epileptic encephalopathy: Effect on protein structure and ligand affinity

Abstract : Abstract Background Developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEE) are chronic neurological conditions where epileptic activity contributes to the progressive disruption of brain function, frequently leading to impaired motor, cognitive and sensory development. Patients and methods The present study reports a clinical investigation and a molecular analysis by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) of a large consanguineous family comprising several cases of developmental and epileptic encephalopathy. Bioinformatic prediction and molecular docking analysis were also carried out. Results The majority of patients in our studied family had severe developmental impairments, early-onset seizures, brain malformations such as cortical atrophy and microcephaly, developmental delays and intellectual disabilities. The molecular investigations revealed a novel homozygous variant c.1411G>A (p.Gly471Arg) in the GRM7 gene which was segregating with the disease in the family. Bioinformatic tools predicted its pathogenicity and docking analysis revealed its potential effects on mGlu7 protein binding to its ligand. Conclusion Our results contribute to a better understanding of the impact of GRM7 variants for the newly described associated phenotype.
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Marwa Ben Jdila, Cécile Mignon-Ravix, Sihem Ben Ncir, Fatma Kammoun, Faiza Fakhfakh, et al.. A large consanguineous family with a homozygous Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 7 (mGlu7) variant and developmental epileptic encephalopathy: Effect on protein structure and ligand affinity. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, BioMed Central, 2021, 16 (1), pp.317. ⟨10.1186/s13023-021-01951-w⟩. ⟨hal-03660800⟩

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