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J Hum Genet. 2010 Jun;55(6):375-8. doi: 10.1038/jhg.2010.47. Epub 2010 May 20.

Mutational analysis of GABRG2 in a Japanese cohort with childhood epilepsies.

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Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan.


A few mutations in the gene encoding the gamma 2 subunit of the gamma-aminobutyric acid receptor type A (GABRG2) have been reported in various types of epilepsy. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of GABRG2 in the pathogenesis of childhood epilepsy in a large Japanese cohort. Genetic analysis of GABRG2 was performed on 140 Japanese patients with various childhood epilepsies largely including Dravet syndrome and genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus. The mutational analysis identified one novel missense mutation of GABRG2 (c.236A>G: p.N40S) in a patient with generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS). The mutation was heterozygous and replacing a highly conserved Asn residue with a Ser. The affected amino acid was located at residue 40 of the mature GABRG2 protein, which was near the first one of two high-affinity benzodiazepine-binding domains of the gamma2 subunit (Lys-41-Trp-82). This mutation in such an important position may hamper the function of the channel and contribute to the case's pathogenesis of GTCS.

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