Heterozygous KIDINS220/ARMS nonsense variants cause spastic paraplegia, intellectual disability, nystagmus, and obesity

Hum Mol Genet. 2016 Jun 1;25(11):2158-2167. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddw082. Epub 2016 Mar 22.


We identified de novo nonsense variants in KIDINS220/ARMS in three unrelated patients with spastic paraplegia, intellectual disability, nystagmus, and obesity (SINO). KIDINS220 is an essential scaffold protein coordinating neurotrophin signal pathways in neurites and is spatially and temporally regulated in the brain. Molecular analysis of patients' variants confirmed expression and translation of truncated transcripts similar to recently characterized alternative terminal exon splice isoforms of KIDINS220 KIDINS220 undergoes extensive alternative splicing in specific neuronal populations and developmental time points, reflecting its complex role in neuronal maturation. In mice and humans, KIDINS220 is alternative spliced in the middle region as well as in the last exon. These full-length and KIDINS220 splice variants occur at precise moments in cortical, hippocampal, and motor neuron development, with splice variants similar to the variants seen in our patients and lacking the last exon of KIDINS220 occurring in adult rather than in embryonic brain. We conducted tissue-specific expression studies in zebrafish that resulted in spasms, confirming a functional link with disruption of the KIDINS220 levels in developing neurites. This work reveals a crucial physiological role of KIDINS220 in development and provides insight into how perturbation of the complex interplay of KIDINS220 isoforms and their relative expression can affect neuron control and human metabolism. Altogether, we here show that de novo protein-truncating KIDINS220 variants cause a new syndrome, SINO. This is the first report of KIDINS220 variants causing a human disease.

MeSH terms

  • Alternative Splicing / genetics
  • Animals
  • Codon, Nonsense
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability / genetics*
  • Intellectual Disability / physiopathology
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics*
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / genetics*
  • Neurites / metabolism
  • Neurites / pathology
  • Neurogenesis / genetics
  • Neurons / metabolism
  • Neurons / pathology
  • Nystagmus, Congenital / genetics*
  • Nystagmus, Congenital / physiopathology
  • Obesity / genetics*
  • Obesity / pathology
  • PC12 Cells
  • Paraplegia / genetics*
  • Paraplegia / physiopathology
  • Protein Binding / genetics
  • Rats
  • Signal Transduction
  • Zebrafish Proteins / genetics*


  • Codon, Nonsense
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Zebrafish Proteins
  • kidins220b protein, zebrafish