De novo variants in the alternative exon 5 of SCN8A cause epileptic encephalopathy

Epilepsy Genetics Initiative

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Purpose: As part of the Epilepsy Genetics Initiative, we reevaluated clinically generated exome sequence data from 54 epilepsy patients and their unaffected parents to identify molecular diagnoses not provided in the initial diagnostic interpretation. Methods: We compiled and analyzed exome sequence data from 54 genetically undiagnosed trios using a validated analysis pipeline. We evaluated the significance of the genetic findings by reanalyzing sequence data generated at Ambry Genetics, and from a number of additional case and control cohorts. Results: In 54 previously undiagnosed trios, we identified two de novo missense variants in SCN8A in the highly expressed alternative exon 5 A-An exon only recently added to the Consensus Coding Sequence database. One additional undiagnosed epilepsy patient harboring a de novo variant in exon 5 A was found in the Ambry Genetics cohort. Missense variants in SCN8A exon 5 A are extremely rare in the population, further supporting the pathogenicity of the de novo alterations identified. Conclusion: These results expand the range of SCN8A variants in epileptic encephalopathy patients and illustrate the necessity of ongoing reanalysis of negative exome sequences, as advances in the knowledge of disease genes and their annotations will permit new diagnoses to be made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-281
Number of pages7
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative exon
  • Epilepsy
  • Epileptic encephalopathy
  • SCN8A
  • Whole-exome sequencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)


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