Deep phenotyping of patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and no mutation identified in TSC1 and TSC2

Eur J Med Genet. 2018 Jul;61(7):403-410. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmg.2018.02.005. Epub 2018 Feb 9.


Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a multisystemic condition caused by mutations in TSC1 or TSC2, but a pathogenic variant is not identified in up to 10% of the patients. The aim of this study was to delineate the phenotype of pediatric and adult patients with a definite clinical diagnosis of TSC and no mutation identified in TSC1 or TSC2. We collected molecular and clinical data of 240 patients with TSC, assessing over 50 variables. We compared the phenotype of the homogeneous group of individuals with No Mutation Identified (NMI) with that of TSC patients with a TSC1 and TSC2 pathogenic variant. 9.17% of individuals were classified as NMI. They were diagnosed at an older age (p = 0.001), had more frequent normal cognition (p < 0.001) and less frequent epilepsy (p = 0.010), subependymal nodules (p = 0.022) and giant cell astrocytomas (p = 0.008) than patients with TSC2 pathogenic variants. NMI individuals showed more frequent bilateral and larger renal angiomyolipomas (p = 0.001; p = 0.003) and pulmonary involvement (trend) than patients with TSC1 pathogenic variants. Only one NMI individual had intellectual disability. None presented with a subependymal giant cell astrocytoma. Other medical problems not typical of TSC were found in 42.86%, without a recurrent pattern of abnormalities. Other TSC-associated neuropsychiatric disorders and drug-resistance in epilepsy were equally frequent in the three groups. This study provides a systematic clinical characterization of patients with TSC and facilitates the delineation of a distinctive phenotype indicative of NMI patients, with important implications for surveillance.

Keywords: Deep phenotyping; Genotype-phenotype correlation; No mutation identified (NMI); TSC1; TSC2; Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation
  • Phenotype
  • Tuberous Sclerosis / genetics*
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex 1 Protein
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex 2 Protein
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins / genetics*
  • Young Adult


  • TSC1 protein, human
  • TSC2 protein, human
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex 1 Protein
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex 2 Protein
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins