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Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2010 May;14(3):267-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2009.06.007. Epub 2009 Jul 9.

Semi-dominant X-chromosome linked learning disability with progressive ataxia, spasticity and dystonia associated with the novel MECP2 variant p.V122A: akin to the new MECP2 duplication syndrome?

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  • 1West of Scotland Regional Genetics Service, Yorkhill Hospitals, Glasgow G3 8 SJ, UK.


A novel X-chromosome linked phenotype is reported. Three affected males had learning disability in early childhood and subsequently developed progressive ataxia, dystonia, and spasticity with death at ages 9, 14 and 19 years. Two female obligate carriers had learning difficulties with psychosis in one case. A third, possible carrier had learning difficulties and epilepsy. A family study indicates that this inherited syndrome is most likely due to an unreported MECP2 variant, p.V122A, located in the methyl binding domain of the MECP2 protein. The clinical features are similar to those present in the newly reported MECP2 duplication syndrome. Non-progressive neuropsychiatric symptoms in female relatives of a male child with learning disability, ataxia and progressive spasticity may constitute a clue to inherited, MECP2 pathogenesis.

Copyright 2009 European Paediatric Neurology Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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