Overlapping neurologic and cognitive phenotypes in patients with TSC1 or TSC2 mutations

FE Jansen, O Braams, KL Vincken, A Algra, P Anbeek, A Jennekens-Schinkel, Dicky Halley, BA Zonnenberg, Ans van den Ouweland, AC van Huffelen, O van Nieuwenhuizen, Mark Nellist

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to systematically analyze the associations between different TSC1 and TSC2 mutations and the neurologic and cognitive phenotype in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Methods: Mutation analysis was performed in 58 patients with TSC. Epilepsy variables, including EEG, were classified. A cognition index was determined based on a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment. On three-dimensional fluid-attenuated inversion recovery MR images, an automated tuber segmentation program detected and calculated the number of tubers and the proportion of total brain volume occupied by tubers (tuber/brain proportion [TBP]). Results: As a group, patients with a TSC2 mutation had earlier age at seizure onset, lower cognition index, more tubers, and a greater TBP than those with a TSC1 mutation, but the ranges overlapped considerably. Familial cases were older at seizure onset and had a higher cognition index than nonfamilial cases. Patients with a mutation deleting or directly inactivating the tuberin GTPase activating protein (GAP) domain had more tubers and a greater TBP than those with an intact GAP domain. Patients with a truncating TSC1 or TSC2 mutation differed from those with nontruncating mutations in seizure types only. Conclusions: Although patients with a TSC1 mutation are more likely to have a less severe neurologic and cognitive phenotype than those with a TSC2 mutation, the considerable overlap between both aspects of the phenotype implies that prediction of the neurologic and cognitive phenotypes in individuals with tuberous sclerosis complex should not be based on their particular TSC1 or TSC2 mutation.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)908-915
Number of pages8
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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