Intellectual disabilityGene: NARS No list
Green List (high evidence)
[Please note that HGNC Approved Gene Symbol for this gene is NARS1]
Manole et al (2020 - PMID: 32738225) provide evidence that both biallelic and monoallelic (de novo) pathogenic NARS1 variants cause a neurodevelopmental disorder. In total 32 individuals from 21 families are reported, with biallelic variants identified in individuals from 13 families and de novo in 8 families.
Similar features were reported for AR/AD occurrences of the disorder and included microcephaly (90% - most often primary), epilepsy (23/32 or 74% - variable semiology incl. partial/myoclonic/generalized tonic-clonic seizures), DD and ID (as a universal feature), abnormal tone in several (hypotonia/spasticity), ataxia, demyelinating peripheral neuropathy (in 3 or more for each inheritance mode - or a total of 25%). Some individuals had dysmorphic features.
NARS1 encodes an aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase (ARS) [asparaginyl-tRNA synthetase 1]. Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases constitute a family of enzymes catalyzing attachment of amino-acids to their cognate tRNAs. As the authors comment, mutations in genes encoding several other ARSs result in neurological disorders ranging from peripheral neuropathy to severe multi-systemic NDD. Dominant, recessive or both modes for inheritance for mutations in the same gene (e.g. AARS1, YARS1, MARS1, etc) have been reported.
Some variants were recurrent, e.g. the c.1600C>T / p.Arg534* which occurred in 6 families as a de novo event or c.1633C>T p.Arg545Cys (homozygous in 6 families). 3 different variants were reported to have occured de novo (c.965G>T - p.Arg322Leu, c.1525G>A - p.Gly509Ser, p.Arg534*) with several other variants identified in hmz/compound htz individuals. A single SNV (c.1067A>C - p.Asp356Ala) was suggested to be acting as modifier and pathogenic only when in trans with a severe variant. [NM_004539.4 used as RefSeq for all].
The authors provide several lines of evidence for a partial loss-of-function effect (e.g. reduction in mRNA expression, enzyme levels and activity in fibroblasts or iNPCs) underlying pathogenicity of the variants identified in individuals with biallelic variants. A gain-of-function (dominant-negative) effect is proposed for de novo variants (such effect also demonstrated for the p.Arg534* in a zebrafish model).
As also Manole et al suggest, NARS1 can be considered for inclusion in gene panels for DD/ID, epilepsy and/or demyelinating neuropathy.
Created: 2 Aug 2020, 2:03 p.m. | Last Modified: 2 Aug 2020, 2:11 p.m.
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Mode of inheritance
BOTH monoallelic and biallelic, autosomal or pseudoautosomal
Abnormal muscle tone; Microcephaly; Global developmental delay; Intellectual disability; Seizures; Ataxia; Abnormality of the face; Demyelinating peripheral neuropathy
gene: NARS was added gene: NARS was added to Intellectual disability. Sources: Literature Mode of inheritance for gene: NARS was set to BOTH monoallelic and biallelic, autosomal or pseudoautosomal Publications for gene: NARS were set to 32738225 Phenotypes for gene: NARS were set to Abnormal muscle tone; Microcephaly; Global developmental delay; Intellectual disability; Seizures; Ataxia; Abnormality of the face; Demyelinating peripheral neuropathy Penetrance for gene: NARS were set to Complete Review for gene: NARS was set to GREEN
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Genes included in a Genomics England gene panel for a rare disease category (green list) should fit the criteria A-E outlined below.
These guidelines were developed as a combination of the ClinGen DEFINITIVE evidence for a causal role of the gene in the disease(a), and the Developmental Disorder Genotype-Phenotype (DDG2P) CONFIRMED DD Gene evidence level(b) (please see the original references provided below for full details). These help provide a guideline for expert reviewers when assessing whether a gene should be on the green or the red list of a panel.
A. There are plausible disease-causing mutations(i) within, affecting or encompassing an interpretable functional region(ii) of this gene identified in multiple (>3) unrelated cases/families with the phenotype(iii).
B. There are plausible disease-causing mutations(i) within, affecting or encompassing cis-regulatory elements convincingly affecting the expression of a single gene identified in multiple (>3) unrelated cases/families with the phenotype(iii).
C. As definitions A or B but in 2 or 3 unrelated cases/families with the phenotype, with the addition of convincing bioinformatic or functional evidence of causation e.g. known inborn error of metabolism with mutation in orthologous gene which is known to have the relevant deficient enzymatic activity in other species; existence of an animal model which recapitulates the human phenotype.
D. Evidence indicates that disease-causing mutations follow a Mendelian pattern of causation appropriate for reporting in a diagnostic setting(iv).
E. No convincing evidence exists or has emerged that contradicts the role of the gene in the specified phenotype.
(i)Plausible disease-causing mutations: Recurrent de novo mutations convincingly affecting gene function. Rare, fully-penetrant mutations - relevant genotype never, or very rarely, seen in controls. (ii) Interpretable functional region: ORF in protein coding genes miRNA stem or loop. (iii) Phenotype: the rare disease category, as described in the eligibility statement. (iv) Intermediate penetrance genes should not be included.
It’s assumed that loss-of-function variants in this gene can cause the disease/phenotype unless an exception to this rule is known. We would like to collect information regarding exceptions. An example exception is the PCSK9 gene, where loss-of-function variants are not relevant for a hypercholesterolemia phenotype as they are associated with increased LDL-cholesterol uptake via LDLR (PMID: 25911073).
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We classify loss-of-function variants as those with the following Sequence Ontology (SO) terms:
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Standardised terms were used to represent the gene-disease mode of inheritance, and were mapped to commonly used terms from the different sources. Below each of the terms is described, along with the equivalent commonly-used terms.
A variant on one allele of this gene can cause the disease, and imprinting has not been implicated.
A variant on the paternally-inherited allele of this gene can cause the disease, if the alternate allele is imprinted (function muted).
A variant on the maternally-inherited allele of this gene can cause the disease, if the alternate allele is imprinted (function muted).
A variant on one allele of this gene can cause the disease. This is the default used for autosomal dominant mode of inheritance where no knowledge of the imprinting status of the gene required to cause the disease is known. Mapped to the following commonly used terms from different sources: autosomal dominant, dominant, AD, DOMINANT.
A variant on both alleles of this gene is required to cause the disease. Mapped to the following commonly used terms from different sources: autosomal recessive, recessive, AR, RECESSIVE.
The disease can be caused by a variant on one or both alleles of this gene. Mapped to the following commonly used terms from different sources: autosomal recessive or autosomal dominant, recessive or dominant, AR/AD, AD/AR, DOMINANT/RECESSIVE, RECESSIVE/DOMINANT.
A variant on one allele of this gene can cause the disease, however a variant on both alleles of this gene can result in a more severe form of the disease/phenotype.
A variant in this gene can cause the disease in males as they have one X-chromosome allele, whereas a variant on both X-chromosome alleles is required to cause the disease in females. Mapped to the following commonly used term from different sources: X-linked recessive.
A variant in this gene can cause the disease in males as they have one X-chromosome allele. A variant on one allele of this gene may also cause the disease in females, though the disease/phenotype may be less severe and may have a later-onset than is seen in males. X-linked inactivation and mosaicism in different tissues complicate whether a female presents with the disease, and can change over their lifetime. This term is the default setting used for X-linked genes, where it is not known definitately whether females require a variant on each allele of this gene in order to be affected. Mapped to the following commonly used terms from different sources: X-linked dominant, x-linked, X-LINKED, X-linked.
The gene is in the mitochondrial genome and variants within this can cause this disease, maternally inherited. Mapped to the following commonly used term from different sources: Mitochondrial.
Mapped to the following commonly used terms from different sources: Unknown, NA, information not provided.
For example, if the mode of inheritance is digenic, please indicate this in the comments and which other gene is involved.