Neurodegeneration as the presenting symptom in 2 adults with xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group F

Niraj M. Shanbhag, Michael D. Geschwind, John J. DiGiovanna, Catherine Groden, Rena Godfrey, Matthew J. Yousefzadeh, Erin A. Wade, Laura J. Niedernhofer, May Christine V. Malicdan, Kenneth H. Kraemer, William A. Gahl, Camilo Toro

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Abstract

Objective To describe the features of 2 unrelated adults with xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group F (XP-F) ascertained in a neurology care setting. Methods We report the clinical, imaging, molecular, and nucleotide excision repair (NER) capacity of 2 middle-aged women with progressive neurodegeneration ultimately diagnosed with XP-F. Results Both patients presented with adult-onset progressive neurologic deterioration involving chorea, ataxia, hearing loss, cognitive deficits, profound brain atrophy, and a history of skin photosensitivity, skin freckling, and/or skin neoplasms. We identified compound heterozygous pathogenic mutations in ERCC4 and confirmed deficient NER capacity in skin fibroblasts from both patients. Conclusions These cases illustrate the role of NER dysfunction in neurodegeneration and how adult-onset neurodegeneration could be the major symptom bringing XP-F patients to clinical attention. XP-F should be considered by neurologists in the differential diagnosis of patients with adult-onset progressive neurodegeneration accompanied by global brain atrophy and a history of heightened sun sensitivity, excessive freckling, and skin malignancies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere240
JournalNeurology: Genetics
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

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    Shanbhag, N. M., Geschwind, M. D., DiGiovanna, J. J., Groden, C., Godfrey, R., Yousefzadeh, M. J., Wade, E. A., Niedernhofer, L. J., Malicdan, M. C. V., Kraemer, K. H., Gahl, W. A., & Toro, C. (2018). Neurodegeneration as the presenting symptom in 2 adults with xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group F. Neurology: Genetics, 4(3), [e240]. https://doi.org/10.1212/NXG.0000000000000240