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2021 - Dominant negative effects of SCN5A missense variants

icon sp96 SyncroPatch 384PE (a predecessor model of the SyncroPatch 384 instrument) pre-print publication in bioRxiv (2021)

Authors:
O’Neill M. J., Muhammad A., Li B., Wada Y., Hall L., Solus J. F., Short L., Roden D. M., Glazer A. M.

Journal:

bioRxiv (2021) doi:10.1101/2021.09.22.461398


Abstract: 

Introduction: Up to 30% of patients with Brugada Syndrome (BrS) carry loss-of-function (LoF) variants in the cardiac sodium channel gene SCN5A. Recent studies have suggested that the SCN5A protein product NaV1.5 can form dimers and exert dominant negative effects.

Methods: We identified 35 LoF variants (<10% peak current compared to wild type (WT)) and 15 partial LoF variants (10-50% peak current compared to WT) that we assessed for dominant negative behavior. SCN5A variants were studied in HEK293T cells alone or in heterozygous co-expression with WT SCN5A using automated patch clamp. To assess clinical risk, we compared the prevalence of dominant negative vs. putative haploinsufficient (frameshift/splice site) variants in a BrS case consortium and the gnomAD population database.

Results: In heterozygous expression with WT, 32/35 LoF variants and 6/15 partial LoF showed reduction to <75% of WT-alone peak INa, demonstrating a dominant negative effect. Carriers of dominant negative LoF missense variants had an enriched disease burden compared to putative haploinsufficient variant carriers (2.7-fold enrichment in BrS cases, p=0.019).

Conclusions: Most SCN5A missense LoF variants exert a dominant negative effect. Cohort analyses reveal that this class of variant confers an especially high burden of BrS.


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