Identification of a novel homozygous SPG7 mutation by whole exome sequencing in a Greek family with a complicated form of hereditary spastic paraplegia

Daoud H, Papadima EM, Ouled Amar Bencheikh B, Katsila T, Dionne-Laporte A, Spiegelman D, Dion PA, Patrinos GP, Orrù S, Rouleau GA

European Journal of Medical Genetics 2015 Nov;58(11):573-7, November 2015
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejmg.2015.08.001


We report the clinical description and genetic analyses of a Greek family with four individuals affected with a complicated form of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) and a recessive pattern of inheritance. Exome sequencing of all affected individuals led to the identification of a homozygous 25 bp deletion predicted to lead to a frameshift and premature stop codon in the SPG7 gene, encoding paraplegin. This deletion, which is located in the first exon of the SPG7 gene, has not been previously reported and likely lead to the complete absence of the SPG7 protein. Interestingly, this family shows significant phenotypic heterogeneity further highlighting the clinical variability associated with SPG7 mutations. Our findings emphasize the clinical utility of whole exome sequencing for the molecular diagnosis of HSPs.

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