Genotype-Phenotype Dissociation in Two Taiwanese Children with Molybdenum Cofactor Deficiency Caused by MOCS2 Mutation

Neuropediatrics. 2022 Jun;53(3):200-203. doi: 10.1055/s-0041-1736181. Epub 2021 Oct 21.


Background: To describe the genotype-phenotype dissociation in two Taiwanese patients with molybdenum cofactor deficiency (MoCoD) caused by MOCS2 gene mutations.

Patient description: Patient 1 exhibited early-onset neurological symptoms soon after birth, followed by subsequent myoclonic seizures and movement disorder. The brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed diffuse brain injury with cystic encephalomalacia along with bilateral globus pallidi involvement, hypoplasia of corpus callosum, and cerebellar atrophy. Patient 2 had a mild phenotype with prominent movement disorder after intercurrent illness, and the brain MRI showed selective injury of the bilateral globus pallidi and the cerebellum. Both patients had markedly low levels of plasma uric acid and harbored the same MOCS2 homozygous c.16C > T mutation. Patient 1 showed chronic regression of developmental milestones and died of respiratory failure at the age of 8 years, whereas patient 2 demonstrated improvement in motor function.

Conclusion: Genotype-phenotype dissociation could be noted in patients with MoCoD due to MOCS2 mutation. Patients with neonatal seizures, developmental delay, movement disorder, and motor regression after an illness, as well as focal or bilateral involvement of the globus pallidi on the neuroimages, should undergo biochemical testing of plasma uric acid. A pronounced plasma uric acid level is a good indicator of MoCoD. Early diagnosis can allow early provision of adequate genetic counseling.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Homozygote
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Metal Metabolism, Inborn Errors* / genetics
  • Movement Disorders* / complications
  • Mutation
  • Phenotype
  • Seizures / genetics
  • Sulfurtransferases / genetics
  • Uric Acid*


  • Uric Acid
  • Sulfurtransferases
  • molybdopterin synthase

Supplementary concepts

  • Molybdenum cofactor deficiency