A novel STXBP1 mutation causes typical Rett syndrome in a Japanese girl

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Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder mostly caused by mutations in Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2); however, mutations in various other genes may lead to RTT-like phenotypes. Here, we report the first case of a Japanese girl with RTT caused by a novel syntaxin-binding protein 1 (STXBP1) frameshift mutation (c.60delG, p.Lys21Argfs*16). She showed epilepsy at one year of age, regression of acquired psychomotor abilities thereafter, and exhibited stereotypic hand and limb movements at 3 years of age. Her epilepsy onset was earlier than is typical for RTT patients. However, she fully met the 2010 diagnostic criteria of typical RTT. STXBP1 mutations cause early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE), various intractable epilepsies, and neurodevelopmental disorders. However, the case described here presented a unique clinical presentation of typical RTT without EIEE and a novel STXBP1 mutation.




Yuge, K., Iwama, K., Yonee, C., Matsufuji, M., Sano, N., Saikusa, T., … Matsuishi, T. (2018). A novel STXBP1 mutation causes typical Rett syndrome in a Japanese girl. Brain and Development, 40(6), 493–497. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.braindev.2018.02.002

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