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Epigenotype-genotype-phenotype correlations in SETD1A and SETD2 chromatin disorders

Lee, Sunwoo, Menzies, Lara, Hay, Eleanor, Ochoa, Eguzkine, Docquier, France, Rodger, Fay, Deshpande, Charu, Foulds, Nicola C., Jacquemont, Sébastien, Jizi, Khadije, Kiep, Henriette, Kraus, Alison, Löhner, Katharina, Morrison, Patrick J., Popp, Bernt, Richardson, Ruth, Haeringen, Arie, Martin, Ezequiel, Toribio, Ana, Li, Fudong, Jones, Wendy D., Sansbury, Francis H. and Maher, Eamonn R. 2023. Epigenotype-genotype-phenotype correlations in SETD1A and SETD2 chromatin disorders. Human Molecular Genetics 32 (22) , pp. 3123-3134. 10.1093/hmg/ddad079

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Germline pathogenic variants in two genes encoding the lysine-specific histone methyltransferase genes SETD1A and SETD2 are associated with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) characterised by developmental delay and congenital anomalies. The SETD1A and SETD2 gene products play a critical role in chromatin-mediated regulation of gene expression. Specific methylation episignatures have been detected for a range of chromatin gene-related NDDs and have impacted clinical practice by improving interpretation of variant pathogenicity. To investigate if SETD1A and/or SETD2-related NDDs are associated with a detectable episignature, we undertook targeted genome-wide methylation profiling of > 2 M CpGs using a next generation sequencing based assay. Comparison of methylation profiles in patients with SETD1A variants (n = 6) did not reveal evidence of a strong methylation episignature. Review of the clinical and genetic features of SETD2 patient group revealed that, as reported previously, there were phenotypic differences between patients with truncating mutations (n = 4, Luscan-Lumish syndrome; MIM:616831) and those with missense codon 1740 variants (p.Arg1740Trp (n = 4) and p.Arg1740Gln (n = 2)). Both SETD2 subgroups demonstrated a methylation episignature which was characterised by hypomethylation and hypermethylation events respectively. Within the codon 1740 subgroup, both the methylation changes and clinical phenotype were more severe in those with p.Arg1740Trp variants. We also noted that two of 10 cases with a SETD2-NDD had developed a neoplasm. These findings reveal novel epigenotype-genotype–phenotype correlations in SETD2-NDDs and predict a gain-of-function mechanism for SETD2 codon 1740 pathogenic variants.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0964-6906
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 July 2023
Date of Acceptance: 11 May 2023
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2023 15:03

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