KIAA1109 gene mutation in surviving patients with Alkuraya-Kučinskas syndrome: a review of literature

BMC Med Genet. 2020 Jun 26;21(1):136. doi: 10.1186/s12881-020-01074-2.


Background: Alkuraya-Kučinskas syndrome is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by brain abnormalities associated with cerebral parenchymal underdevelopment, arthrogryposis, club foot and global developmental delay. KIAA1109, a functionally uncharacterized gene is identified as the molecular cause for Alkuraya-Kučinskas syndrome. Most of the reported mutations in KIAA1109 gene result in premature termination of pregnancies or neonatal deaths while a few mutations have been reported in surviving patients with global developmental delay and intellectual disability. To our knowledge, only three surviving patients from two families have been reported with missense variants in KIAA1109. In this study, we describe four surviving patients from two related families (a multiplex family) with global developmental delay and mild to severe intellectual disability with no other systemic manifestations. There were no miscarriages or neonatal deaths reported in these families.

Methods: X-chromosome exome panel sequencing was carried out in one patient and whole exome sequencing was carried out on the remaining three affected individuals and the unaffected father of the index family. Data analysis was carried out followed by variant filtering and segregation analysis. Sanger sequencing was carried out to validate the segregation of mutation in all four affected siblings and unaffected parents from both families.

Results: A novel homozygous missense mutation in a conserved region of KIAA1109 protein was identified. Sanger sequencing confirmed the segregation of mutation in both families in an autosomal recessive fashion.

Conclusion: Our study is the second study reporting a KIAA1109 variant in surviving patients with Alkuraya-Kučinskas syndrome. Our study expands the spectrum of phenotypic features and mutations associated with Alkuraya-Kučinskas syndrome.

Keywords: Arthrogryposis; Club foot; Developmental delay; KIAA clones; Mental retardation; Miscarriages; Neonatal death; Premature termination of pregnancy; Prenatal diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple / genetics*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Base Sequence
  • Child
  • Conserved Sequence
  • Exome / genetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Karyotype
  • Male
  • Mutation / genetics*
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype
  • Proteins / genetics*
  • Survival Analysis
  • Syndrome
  • Young Adult


  • KIAA1109 protein, human
  • Proteins