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Keywords:

  • autosomic recessive mental retardation (ARMR);
  • intellectual disability;
  • homozygous 8p22 deletion;
  • SNP-array;
  • TUSC3 gene

Abstract

Defects in the TUSC3 gene have been identified in individuals with nonsyndromic autosomal recessive intellectual disability (ARID), due to either point mutations or intragenic deletions. We report on a boy with a homozygous microdeletion 8p22, sizing 203 kb, encompassing the first exon of the TUSC3 gene, detected by SNP-array analysis (Human Gene Chip 6.0; Affymetrix). Both nonconsanguineous parents come from a small Sicilian village and were heterozygous carriers of the microdeletion. The propositus had a few dysmorphic features and a moderate cognitive impairment. Verbal communication was impaired, with an inappropriate phonetic inventory, important phono-articolatory distortions, and bucco-phonatory dyspraxia. Comprehension was possible for simple sentences. Behavior was characterized by motor instability, high tendency to irritability and distraibility, anxiety traits, and an oppositional-defiant disorder. His parents were of normal intelligence. TUSC3 is thought to encode a subunit of the endoplasmic reticulum-bound oligosaccharyltranferase complex that catalyzes a pivotal step in the protein N-glycosylation process. TUSC3 has been recently reported as a member of the plasma membrane Mg2+ transport system, with a possible involvement in learning abilities, working memory and short- and long-term memory. This is the third family in which a deletion has been described. Although the pathogenic mechanism has not been clarified yet, our report argues for a more prominent role of TUSC3 in the etiology of intellectual disability and that deletions encompassing this gene could be more common than expected. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.