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Large-scale exome sequencing study implicates both developmental and functional changes in the neurobiology of autism

By F. Kyle Satterstrom, Jack A. Kosmicki, Jiebiao Wang, Michael S. Breen, Silvia De Rubeis, Joon Y. An, Minshi Peng, Ryan Collins, Jakob Grove, Lambertus Klei, Christine Stevens, Jennifer Reichert, Maureen S. Mulhern, Mykyta Artomov, Sherif Gerges, Brooke Sheppard, Xinyi Xu, Aparna Bhaduri, Utku Norman, Harrison Brand, Grace Schwartz, Rachel Nguyen, Elizabeth E. Guerrero, Caroline Dias, Branko Aleksic, Richard J. L. Anney, Mafalda Barbosa, Somer Bishop, Alfredo Brusco, Jonas Bybjerg-Grauholm, Angel Carracedo, Marcus C.Y. Chan, Andreas G. Chiocchetti, Brian H. Y. Chung, Hilary Coon, Michael L. Cuccaro, Aurora Currò, Bernardo Dalla Bernardina, Ryan Doan, Enrico Domenici, Shan Dong, Chiara Fallerini, Montserrat Fernández-Prieto, Giovanni Battista Ferrero, Christine M. Freitag, Menachem Fromer, J. Jay Gargus, Daniel Geschwind, Elisa Giorgio, Javier González-Peñas, Stephen Guter, Danielle Halpern, Emily Hansen-Kiss, Xin He, Gail E. Herman, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, David M Hougaard, Christina M Hultman, Iuliana Ionita-Laza, Suma Jacob, Jesslyn Jamison, Astanand Jugessur, Miia Kaartinen, Gun Peggy Knudsen, Alexander Kolevzon, Itaru Kushima, So Lun Lee, Terho Lehtimäki, Elaine T Lim, Carla Lintas, W. Ian Lipkin, Diego Lopergolo, Fátima Lopes, Yunin Ludena, Patricia Maciel, Per Magnus, Behrang Mahjani, Nell Maltman, Dara S Manoach, Gal Meiri, Idan Menashe, Judith Miller, Nancy Minshew, Eduarda Montenegro M. de Souza, Danielle Moreira, Eric M. Morrow, Ole Mors, Preben Bo Mortensen, Matthew Mosconi, Pierandrea Muglia, Benjamin Neale, Merete Nordentoft, Norio Ozaki, Aarno Palotie, Mara Parellada, Maria Rita Passos-Bueno, M.A. Pericak-Vance, Antonio Persico, Isaac Pessah, Kaija Puura, Abraham Reichenberg, Alessandra Renieri, Evelise Riberi, Elise B Robinson, Kaitlin E. Samocha, Sven Sandin, Susan L Santangelo, Gerry Schellenberg, Stephen W Scherer, Sabine Schlitt, Rebecca Schmidt, Lauren Schmitt, Isabela Maya W. Silva, Tarjinder Singh, Paige M. Siper, Moyra Smith, Gabriela Soares, Camilla Stoltenberg, Pål Suren, Ezra Susser, John Sweeney, Peter Szatmari, Lara Tang, Flora Tassone, Karoline Teufel, Elisabetta Trabetti, Maria del Pilar Trelles, Christopher Walsh, Lauren A. Weiss, Thomas Werge, Donna Werling, Emilie M. Wigdor, Emma Wilkinson, Jeremy A Willsey, Tim Yu, Mullin H.C. Yu, Ryan Yuen, Elaine Zachi, iPSYCH consortium, Catalina Betancur, Edwin H. Cook, Louise Gallagher, Michael Gill, James S Sutcliffe, Audrey Thurm, Michael E. Zwick, Anders D. Borglum, Matthew W. State, A. Ercument Cicek, Michael E. Talkowski, David J. Cutler, Bernie Devlin, Stephan J Sanders, Kathryn Roeder, Mark J. Daly, Joseph D. Buxbaum

Posted 30 Nov 2018
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/484113 (published DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.12.036)

We present the largest exome sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date (n=35,584 total samples, 11,986 with ASD). Using an enhanced Bayesian framework to integrate de novo and case-control rare variation, we identify 102 risk genes at a false discovery rate ≤ 0.1. Of these genes, 49 show higher frequencies of disruptive de novo variants in individuals ascertained for severe neurodevelopmental delay, while 53 show higher frequencies in individuals ascertained for ASD; comparing ASD cases with mutations in these groups reveals phenotypic differences. Expressed early in brain development, most of the risk genes have roles in regulation of gene expression or neuronal communication (i.e., mutations effect neurodevelopmental and neurophysiological changes), and 13 fall within loci recurrently hit by copy number variants. In human cortex single-cell gene expression data, expression of risk genes is enriched in both excitatory and inhibitory neuronal lineages, consistent with multiple paths to an excitatory/inhibitory imbalance underlying ASD.

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