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A de novo paradigm for mental retardation

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Genetics, November 2010
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A de novo paradigm for mental retardation
Published in
Nature Genetics, November 2010
DOI 10.1038/ng.712
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Lisenka E L M Vissers, Joep de Ligt, Christian Gilissen, Irene Janssen, Marloes Steehouwer, Petra de Vries, Bart van Lier, Peer Arts, Nienke Wieskamp, Marisol del Rosario, Bregje W M van Bon, Alexander Hoischen, Bert B A de Vries, Han G Brunner, Joris A Veltman


The per-generation mutation rate in humans is high. De novo mutations may compensate for allele loss due to severely reduced fecundity in common neurodevelopmental and psychiatric diseases, explaining a major paradox in evolutionary genetic theory. Here we used a family based exome sequencing approach to test this de novo mutation hypothesis in ten individuals with unexplained mental retardation. We identified and validated unique non-synonymous de novo mutations in nine genes. Six of these, identified in six different individuals, are likely to be pathogenic based on gene function, evolutionary conservation and mutation impact. Our findings provide strong experimental support for a de novo paradigm for mental retardation. Together with de novo copy number variation, de novo point mutations of large effect could explain the majority of all mental retardation cases in the population.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 12 2%
United States 12 2%
Netherlands 6 <1%
Belgium 5 <1%
Italy 4 <1%
Brazil 4 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Canada 3 <1%
France 2 <1%
Other 9 1%
Unknown 600 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 170 26%
Researcher 142 22%
Student > Master 74 11%
Student > Bachelor 47 7%
Professor 40 6%
Other 139 21%
Unknown 48 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 279 42%
Medicine and Dentistry 120 18%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 110 17%
Neuroscience 29 4%
Psychology 16 2%
Other 42 6%
Unknown 64 10%

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