Infantile spasms are associated with abnormal copy number variations

J Child Neurol. 2013 Oct;28(10):1191-6. doi: 10.1177/0883073812453496. Epub 2012 Aug 21.


The authors tested the hypothesis that de novo copy number variations (CNVs) implicated in known genomic disorders ("pathogenic CNVs") are significant predisposing factors of infantile spasms. The authors performed a genome-wide analysis of single-nucleotide polymorphism genotyping microarray data to identify the role of de novo/known pathogenic large CNVs in 13 trios of children affected by infantile spasms. A rare, large (4.8 Mb) de novo duplication was detected in the 15q11-13 region of 1 patient. In addition, 3 known pathogenic CNVs (present in the patient as well as 1 of the parents) were detected in total. In 1 patient, a known pathogenic deletion was detected in the region of 2q32.3. Similarly, in 1 other patient, 2 known pathogenic deletions in the regions of 16p11.2 and Xp22.13 (containing CDKL5) were detected. These findings suggest that some specific pathogenic CNVs predispose to infantile spasms and may be associated with different phenotypes.

Keywords: CNV; copy number variation; epilepsy; infantile spasms.

MeSH terms

  • DNA Copy Number Variations*
  • Developmental Disabilities / complications
  • Developmental Disabilities / genetics
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Phenotype
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • Spasms, Infantile / complications
  • Spasms, Infantile / genetics*