Multi-Omic Investigations of a 17-19 Translocation Links MINK1 Disruption to Autism, Epilepsy and Osteoporosis

Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Aug 20;23(16):9392. doi: 10.3390/ijms23169392.


Balanced structural variants, such as reciprocal translocations, are sometimes hard to detect with sequencing, especially when the breakpoints are located in repetitive or insufficiently mapped regions of the genome. In such cases, long-range information is required to resolve the rearrangement, identify disrupted genes and, in symptomatic carriers, pinpoint the disease-causing mechanisms. Here, we report an individual with autism, epilepsy and osteoporosis and a de novo balanced reciprocal translocation: t(17;19) (p13;p11). The genomic DNA was analyzed by short-, linked- and long-read genome sequencing, as well as optical mapping. Transcriptional consequences were assessed by transcriptome sequencing of patient-specific neuroepithelial stem cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). The translocation breakpoints were only detected by long-read sequencing, the first on 17p13, located between exon 1 and exon 2 of MINK1 (Misshapen-like kinase 1), and the second in the chromosome 19 centromere. Functional validation in induced neural cells showed that MINK1 expression was reduced by >50% in the patient’s cells compared to healthy control cells. Furthermore, pathway analysis revealed an enrichment of changed neural pathways in the patient’s cells. Altogether, our multi-omics experiments highlight MINK1 as a candidate monogenic disease gene and show the advantages of long-read genome sequencing in capturing centromeric translocations.

Keywords: MINK1; autism; epilepsy; long-read genome sequencing; osteoporosis; patient-specific neural stem cells; reciprocal translocation; transcriptome sequencing.

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder* / genetics
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Epilepsy* / genetics
  • Humans
  • Osteoporosis* / genetics
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases* / genetics
  • Translocation, Genetic


  • MINK1 protein, human
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases