Mosaicism in ATP1A3-related disorders: not just a theoretical risk

Neurogenetics. 2017 Jan;18(1):23-28. doi: 10.1007/s10048-016-0498-9. Epub 2016 Oct 10.


Mutations in ATP1A3 are involved in a large spectrum of neurological disorders, including rapid onset dystonia parkinsonism (RDP), alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC), and cerebellar ataxia, pes cavus, optic atrophy, and sensorineural hearing loss (CAPOS), with recent descriptions of overlapping phenotypes. In AHC, a few familial cases of autosomal dominant inheritance have been reported, along with cases of de novo sporadic mutations. In contrast, autosomal dominant inheritance has frequently been associated with RDP and CAPOS. Here, we report on two unrelated sets of full siblings with ATP1A3 mutations, (c.2116G>A) p. Gly706Arg in the first family, and (c.2266C>T) p. Arg756Cys in the second family, presenting with familial recurrence of the disease. Both families displayed parental germline mosaicism. In the first family, the brother and sister presented with severe intellectual deficiency, early onset pharmacoresistant epilepsy, ataxia, and autistic features. In the second family, both sisters demonstrated severe encephalopathy with ataxia and dystonia following a regression episode during a febrile episode during infancy. To our knowledge, mosaicism has not previously been reported in ATP1A3-related disorders. This report, therefore, provides evidence that germline mosaicism for ATP1A3 mutations is a likely explanation for familial recurrence and should be considered during recurrence risk counseling for families of children with ATP1A3-related disorders.

Keywords: ATP1A3; Alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC); Genetic counseling; Mosaicism; Rapid onset dystonia parkinsonism (RDP).

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / complications
  • Autistic Disorder / genetics
  • Autistic Disorder / pathology
  • Child
  • Cognition Disorders / complications
  • Cognition Disorders / genetics*
  • Cognition Disorders / pathology
  • Dystonia / complications
  • Dystonia / genetics*
  • Dystonia / pathology
  • Female
  • Germ-Line Mutation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mosaicism*
  • Mutation, Missense*
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype
  • Recurrence
  • Seizures / complications
  • Seizures / genetics*
  • Seizures / pathology
  • Siblings
  • Sodium-Potassium-Exchanging ATPase / genetics*
  • Strabismus / complications
  • Strabismus / genetics
  • Strabismus / pathology


  • ATP1A3 protein, human
  • Sodium-Potassium-Exchanging ATPase