Intellectual disabilityGene: NBEA Green List (high evidence)
Comment on list classification: New gene added by external expert and reviewed by curation team: After discussion with the Genomics England Clinical team, there is sufficient evidence has been provided by the external expert review for this gene to be rated green. NBEA is not associated with any phenotypes on OMIM and Gene2Phenotype.
Created: 18 Mar 2019, 12:06 p.m.
Green List (high evidence)
PMID: 30269351 is a collaborative study reporting on 24 individuals with pathogenic de novo variants affecting NBEA.
All subjects presented with neurodevelopmental disorder including developmental delay or intellectual disability. Half of the patients (12/24) had autistic features or autism.
Epilepsy was a feature in 15/24 (62.5%) of patients with onset before the age of 4 years in the majority (approx. 85%). Of the 15 patients with seizures, 80% presented with generalized seizures of variable type (myoclonic, atonic and/or myoclonic-atonic, absence, tonic, clonic or tonic-clonic), 6.67% with focal seizures only and 13.33% with unclassified seizure type.
Other features included developmental microcephaly (or borderilne microcephaly) in 3/24 individuals or developmental regression in 2/24.
Among the variants identified:
8/24 were stopgain SNVs
5/24 were frameshift
4/24 were missense SNVs
1/24 was a splice site SNV
5/24 concerned an intragenic NBEA deletion
1/24 concerned a 2.87 Mb deletion spanning NBEA as well as additional genes (none of latter associated with disease in OMIM).
Two of these individuals were reported in a previously published study of children with DD/ID (PMID: 28554332).
Individuals with developmental disorders and de novo coding mutations in NBEA have been reported in further publications including the DDD study (PMID: 28135719 - subject DDD4K.01714), most summarized in the denovo-db (http://denovo-db.gs.washington.edu/denovo-db/QueryVariantServlet?searchBy=Gene&target=NBEA).
As also commented in the article, a patient with autism and a de novo balanced translocation disrupting NBEA has been reported (PMID: 12746398) as has also been the case with other deletions spanning NBEA (PMIDs: 12826745, 11450821, 3377648).
Previous studies have suggested a role for NBEA in regulation of synaptic structure and function (PMID: 23277425,22109531) as well as a role of neurobeachin in autism-like behaviors in mice (PMID: 23153818).
NBEA is intolerant to loss-of-function mutations (pLI=1 in ExAC). Most variants in the study predict loss-of-function. As a result happloinsufficiency seems to be the underlying mechanism.
As the authors propose, loss-of-function variants might be associated with more specific (eg. microcephaly or myoclonic-atonic seizures) or severe phenotypic presentations, although the size of the cohort did not not allow safe conclusions. //
NBEA is included in DD/ID (but not epilepsy) gene panels offered by different diagnostic labs. //
As a result this gene can be considered for inclusion as green in the intellectual disability and epilepsy panels.
Created: 16 Oct 2018, 10:42 a.m.
Mode of inheritance
MONOALLELIC, autosomal or pseudoautosomal, imprinted status unknown
Global developmental delay; Intellectual disability; Seizures
Variants in this GENE are reported as part of current diagnostic practice
Gene: nbea has been classified as Green List (High Evidence).
Gene: nbea has been removed from the panel.
Gene: nbea has been classified as Green List (High Evidence).
Phenotypes for gene: NBEA were changed from Global developmental delay; Intellectual disability; Seizures to Global developmental delay; Intellectual disability; Seizures; No OMIM number
Publications for gene: NBEA were set to
gene: NBEA was added gene: NBEA was added to Intellectual disability. Sources: Literature,Expert Review Mode of inheritance for gene: NBEA was set to MONOALLELIC, autosomal or pseudoautosomal, imprinted status unknown Phenotypes for gene: NBEA were set to Global developmental delay; Intellectual disability; Seizures Penetrance for gene: NBEA were set to unknown Review for gene: NBEA was set to GREEN gene: NBEA was marked as current diagnostic
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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.
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