Biallelic KIF24 Variants Are Responsible for a Spectrum of Skeletal Disorders Ranging From Lethal Skeletal Ciliopathy to Severe Acromesomelic Dysplasia

Madeline Louise Reilly, Noor ul Ain, Mari Muurinen, Alice Tata, Céline Huber, Marleen Simon, Tayyaba Ishaq, Nick Shaw, Salla Rusanen, Minna Pekkinen, Wolfgang Högler, Maarten F.C.M. Knapen, Myrthe van den Born, Sophie Saunier, Sadaf Naz, Valérie Cormier-Daire*, Alexandre Benmerah*, Outi Makitie*

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Skeletal dysplasias comprise a large spectrum of mostly monogenic disorders affecting bone growth, patterning, and homeostasis, and ranging in severity from lethal to mild phenotypes. This study aimed to underpin the genetic cause of skeletal dysplasia in three unrelated families with variable skeletal manifestations. The six affected individuals from three families had severe short stature with extreme shortening of forelimbs, short long-bones, and metatarsals, and brachydactyly (family 1); mild short stature, platyspondyly, and metaphyseal irregularities (family 2); or a prenatally lethal skeletal dysplasia with kidney features suggestive of a ciliopathy (family 3). Genetic studies by whole genome, whole exome, and ciliome panel sequencing identified in all affected individuals biallelic missense variants in KIF24, which encodes a kinesin family member controlling ciliogenesis. In families 1 and 3, with the more severe phenotype, the affected subjects harbored homozygous variants (c.1457A>G; p.(Ile486Val) and c.1565A>G; p.(Asn522Ser), respectively) in the motor domain which plays a crucial role in KIF24 function. In family 2, compound heterozygous variants (c.1697C>T; p.(Ser566Phe)/c.1811C>T; p.(Thr604Met)) were found C-terminal to the motor domain, in agreement with a genotype–phenotype correlation. In vitro experiments performed on amnioblasts of one affected fetus from family 3 showed that primary cilia assembly was severely impaired, and that cytokinesis was also affected. In conclusion, our study describes novel forms of skeletal dysplasia associated with biallelic variants in KIF24. To our knowledge this is the first report implicating KIF24 variants as the cause of a skeletal dysplasia, thereby extending the genetic heterogeneity and the phenotypic spectrum of rare bone disorders and underscoring the wide range of monogenetic skeletal ciliopathies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1642-1652
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Bone and Mineral Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

Bibliographical note

NA was supported by International Research Support Program (IRSIP) provided by HEC, Pakistan. SN was supported by Koshish foundation USA and Pakistan Science Foundation. AB and SS were supported by grants from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), including the “Investissements d'Avenir” program (ANR-10-IAHU-01) and the “RHU-C'IL-LICO” as part of the second “Investissements d'Avenir” program (reference: ANR-17-RHUS-0002). MLR and AT were supported by fellowships from “Université Paris Diderot” and from European Commission Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (grant number: 861329). OM was supported by Sigrid Jusélius Foundation, Swedish Research Council, Academy of Finland, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Folkhälsan Research Foundation and Stockholm County Council. We thank the families for participating in the present study. We acknowledge the generous gift of KIF24 and CP110 encoding plasmids from Brian Dynalcht.

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