Genetic landscape of autism spectrum disorder in Vietnamese children

Sci Rep. 2020 Mar 19;10(1):5034. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-61695-8.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex disorder with an unclear aetiology and an estimated global prevalence of 1%. However, studies of ASD in the Vietnamese population are limited. Here, we first conducted whole exome sequencing (WES) of 100 children with ASD and their unaffected parents. Our stringent analysis pipeline was able to detect 18 unique variants (8 de novo and 10 ×-linked, all validated), including 12 newly discovered variants. Interestingly, a notable number of X-linked variants were detected (56%), and all of them were found in affected males but not in affected females. We uncovered 17 genes from our ASD cohort in which CHD8, DYRK1A, GRIN2B, SCN2A, OFD1 and MDB5 have been previously identified as ASD risk genes, suggesting the universal aetiology of ASD for these genes. In addition, we identified six genes that have not been previously reported in any autism database: CHM, ENPP1, IGF1, LAS1L, SYP and TBX22. Gene ontology and phenotype-genotype analysis suggested that variants in IGF1, SYP and LAS1L could plausibly confer risk for ASD. Taken together, this study adds to the genetic heterogeneity of ASD and is the first report elucidating the genetic landscape of ASD in Vietnamese children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / epidemiology
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / genetics*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Exome Sequencing
  • Female
  • Genetic Variation
  • Heterozygote
  • Humans
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I / genetics
  • Male
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics
  • Synaptophysin / genetics
  • Vietnam / epidemiology


  • IGF1 protein, human
  • Las1L protein, human
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • SYP protein, human
  • Synaptophysin
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I