Homozygous c.359del variant in MGME1 is associated with early onset cerebellar ataxia

Research paper by MalavikaHebbara, Katta M.Girishaa, AnshikaSrivastavab, StephanieBielasb, AnjuShuklaa

Indexed on: 06 Nov '17Published on: 01 Oct '17Published in: European Journal of Medical Genetics


We ascertained a child with early onset cerebellar ataxia and identified a novel frameshift deletion, c.359del [p. (Pro120Leufs*2), NM_052865.2] in exon 2 of MGME1 (mitochondrial genome maintenance exonuclease 1) by exome sequencing. Variations in MGME1 have been reported to cause mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) depletion syndrome 11 (MIM #615084) in an earlier work. The phenotype included progressive external ophthalmoplegia, emaciation, respiratory failure and late onset progressive ataxia. However, the child presented here has early onset progressive ataxia, speech delay, microcephaly, cerebellar atrophy and fundus albipunctatus. This is the second report of a mutation in MGME1 and describes a more severe phenotype.