We established three iPSC lines from postmortem-cultured fibroblasts derived following the sudden unexpected death of an 8-year-old girl with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, who turned out to have the R551H-mutant STXBP1 gene. These iPSC clones showed pluripotent characteristics while retaining the genotype and demonstrated trilineage differentiation capability, indicating their utility in disease-modeling studies, i.e., STXBP1-encephalopathy. This is the first report on the establishment of iPSCs from a sudden death child, suggesting the possible use of postmortem-iPSC technologies as an epoch-making approach for precise identification of the cause of sudden death.
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