Expanding the genotype-phenotype landscape of PDE10A-associated movement disorders

Saeed Bohlega*, Ali H. Abusrair, Zainah Al-Qahtani, Francisco J. Guzmán-Vega, Reshmi Ramakrishnan, Haya Aldosari, Amaal Aldakheel, Salma Al-Qahtani, Dorota Monies, Stefan T. Arold

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Background: Phosphodiesterase 10A (PDE10A) controls body movements by regulating cyclic adenosine monophosphate signaling in the basal ganglia. Two classes of PDE10A variants are reported with distinctive genotype-phenotype correlation. The autosomal recessive mutations in the GAF-A and catalytic domains are associated with compromised membrane localization, and manifest with infantile onset chorea, developmental, and cognition delay with normal brain MRI. Conversely, autosomal dominant mutations in the GAF-B domain cause protein aggregates which results in childhood onset chorea in the context of normal cognition and development, with striatal lesions. Methods: Phenotypic characteristics of affected individuals with PDE10A mutations belonging to a single family were recorded. In addition, Sanger sequencing and in silico analysis were used to identify the mutations. Homozygosity mapping was applied together with whole exome sequencing. Results: Four individuals from a consanguineous family affected with PDE10A mutations were observed for up to 40 years. Although these individuals displayed a clinical phenotype attributed to the recessive GAF-A mutations, they revealed a bi-allelic GAF-B mutation (c.883G > A:p. D295 N; p.Asp295Asn) that was segregated with all affected individuals. In addition to chorea, we observed peculiar foot deformities and pronounced social phobia, with normal brain MRI. In silico structural analysis suggested that the GAF-B mutation blocked allosteric PDE10A activation. The resulting lack of PDE10A activity likely phenocopies GAF-A mutations, and this is achieved through a distinct mechanism. Conclusions: Collectively, our findings demonstrate the association of recessive and dominant phenotypes of known variants, and further expands the genotype-phenotype landscape of PDE10A-associated movement disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105323
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
StatePublished - Mar 2023

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Funding Information:
The funding of this work was supported by the research center at King Faisal Specialist Hospital (KFSHRC) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) . KFSHRC Research Advisory Council No. (RAC# 202005 ). This research by FJGV, RR and STA was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) through the baseline fund and the Award No. FCC/1/1976-25 and REI/1/4446-01 from the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). For computer time, this research used the resources of the Supercomputing Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

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  • ADCY5
  • cAMP
  • Chorea
  • PDE10A
  • Striatal medium spiny neurons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Neurology


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