Missense variants in DPYSL5 cause a neurodevelopmental disorder with corpus callosum agenesis and cerebellar abnormalities

Am J Hum Genet. 2021 May 6;108(5):951-961. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2021.04.004. Epub 2021 Apr 23.


The collapsin response mediator protein (CRMP) family proteins are intracellular mediators of neurotrophic factors regulating neurite structure/spine formation and are essential for dendrite patterning and directional axonal pathfinding during brain developmental processes. Among this family, CRMP5/DPYSL5 plays a significant role in neuronal migration, axonal guidance, dendrite outgrowth, and synapse formation by interacting with microtubules. Here, we report the identification of missense mutations in DPYSL5 in nine individuals with brain malformations, including corpus callosum agenesis and/or posterior fossa abnormalities, associated with variable degrees of intellectual disability. A recurrent de novo p.Glu41Lys variant was found in eight unrelated patients, and a p.Gly47Arg variant was identified in one individual from the first family reported with Ritscher-Schinzel syndrome. Functional analyses of the two missense mutations revealed impaired dendritic outgrowth processes in young developing hippocampal primary neuronal cultures. We further demonstrated that these mutations, both located in the same loop on the surface of DPYSL5 monomers and oligomers, reduced the interaction of DPYSL5 with neuronal cytoskeleton-associated proteins MAP2 and βIII-tubulin. Our findings collectively indicate that the p.Glu41Lys and p.Gly47Arg variants impair DPYSL5 function on dendritic outgrowth regulation by preventing the formation of the ternary complex with MAP2 and βIII-tubulin, ultimately leading to abnormal brain development. This study adds DPYSL5 to the list of genes implicated in brain malformation and in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Keywords: DPYSL5; brain malformation; corpus callosum agenesis; de novo missense variants; dendrite branching; neurodevelopmental disorder; primary neuronal cultures.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Agenesis of Corpus Callosum / diagnostic imaging
  • Agenesis of Corpus Callosum / genetics*
  • Cerebellum / abnormalities*
  • Cerebellum / diagnostic imaging
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrolases / chemistry
  • Hydrolases / genetics
  • Intellectual Disability / diagnostic imaging
  • Intellectual Disability / genetics
  • Male
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / chemistry
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / genetics
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / metabolism
  • Models, Molecular
  • Mutation, Missense / genetics*
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders / diagnostic imaging
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders / genetics*
  • Tubulin / metabolism
  • Young Adult


  • MAP2 protein, human
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • TUBB3 protein, human
  • Tubulin
  • DPYSL5 protein, human
  • Hydrolases