Congenital Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis with a Novel CTSD Gene Mutation: A Rare Cause of Neonatal-Onset Neurodegenerative Disorder

Neuropediatrics. 2018 Apr;49(2):150-153. doi: 10.1055/s-0037-1613681. Epub 2017 Dec 28.


Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses represent a heterogeneous group of early onset neurodegenerative disorders that are characterized by progressive cognitive and motor function decline, visual loss, and epilepsy. The age of onset has been historically used for the phenotypic classification of this group of disorders, but their molecular genetic delineation has now enabled a better characterization, demonstrating significant genetic heterogeneity even among individuals with a similar phenotype. The rare Congenital Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (CLN10) caused by mutations in the CTSD gene encoding for cathepsin D is associated with a dramatic presentation with onset before or around birth. We report on a female born to consanguineous parents who presented at birth with severe neonatal encephalopathy with massive cerebral and cerebellar shrinking on magnetic resonance imaging. Whole exome sequencing with targeted bioinformatic analysis of a panel of genes associated with prenatal/perinatal onset of neurodegenerative disease was performed and revealed the presence of a novel homozygous in-frame deletion in CTSD. Additional functional studies further confirmed the pathogenic character of this variant and established the diagnosis of CLN10 in the patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain Stem / diagnostic imaging
  • Cathepsin D / genetics*
  • Cerebellum / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Mutation / genetics*
  • Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinoses / diagnostic imaging
  • Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinoses / genetics*


  • CTSD protein, human
  • Cathepsin D