KAT6A Syndrome: genotype-phenotype correlation in 76 patients with pathogenic KAT6A variants

Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) Study, Joanna Kennedy, David Goudie, Edward Blair, Kate Chandler, Shelagh Joss, Victoria McKay, Andrew Green, Ruth Armstrong, Melissa Lees, Benjamin Kamien, Bruce Hopper, Tiong Yang Tan, Patrick Yap, Zornitza Stark, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Noriko Miyake, Naomichi Matsumoto, Ellen Macnamara, Jennifer L MurphyElizabeth McCormick, Hakon Hakonarson, Marni J Falk, Dong Li, Patrick Blackburn, Eric Klee, Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, Susan Schelley, Louanne Hudgins, Sarina Kant, Bertrand Isidor, Benjamin Cogne, Kimberley Bradbury, Mark Williams, Chirag Patel, Helen Heussler, Celia Duff-Farrier, Phillis Lakeman, Ingrid Scurr, Usha Kini, Mariet Elting, Margot Reijnders, Janneke Schuurs-Hoeijmakers, Mohamed Wafik, Anne Blomhoff, Claudia A. L. Ruivenkamp, Esther Nibbeling, Alexander J. M. Dingemans, Emilie D. Douine, Stanley F. Nelson, Valerie A. Arboleda (Lead / Corresponding author), Ruth Newbury-Ecob (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Purpose: Pathogenic variants in KAT6A have recently been identified as a cause of syndromic developmental delay. Within 2 years, the number of patients identified with pathogenic KAT6A variants has rapidly expanded and the full extent and variability of the clinical phenotype has not been reported.

Methods: We obtained data for patients with KAT6A pathogenic variants through three sources: treating clinicians, an online family survey distributed through social media, and a literature review.

Results: We identified 52 unreported cases, bringing the total number of published cases to 76. Our results expand the genotypic spectrum of pathogenic variants to include missense and splicing mutations. We functionally validated a pathogenic splice-site variant and identified a likely hotspot location for de novo missense variants. The majority of clinical features in KAT6A syndrome have highly variable penetrance. For core features such as intellectual disability, speech delay, microcephaly, cardiac anomalies, and gastrointestinal complications, genotype- phenotype correlations show that late-truncating pathogenic variants (exons 16-17) are significantly more prevalent. We highlight novel associations, including an increased risk of gastrointestinal obstruction.

Conclusion: Our data expand the genotypic and phenotypic spectrum for individuals with genetic pathogenic variants in KAT6A and we outline appropriate clinical management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)850-860
Number of pages11
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Early online date24 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2018


  • KAT6A syndrome; chromatin modifiers; intellectual disability
  • genetic diagnosis
  • phenotypic spectrum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)


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  • Correction: KAT6A Syndrome: genotype-phenotype correlation in 76 patients with pathogenic KAT6A variants

    Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) Study, Kennedy, J., Goudie, D., Blair, E., Chandler, K., Joss, S., McKay, V., Green, A., Armstrong, R., Lees, M., Kamien, B., Hopper, B., Tan, T. Y., Yap, P., Stark, Z., Okamoto, N., Miyake, N., Matsumoto, N., Macnamara, E., Murphy, J. L., & 31 othersMcCormick, E., Hakonarson, H., Falk, M. J., Li, D., Blackburn, P., Klee, E., Babovic-Vuksanovic, D., Schelley, S., Hudgins, L., Kant, S., Isidor, B., Cogne, B., Bradbury, K., Williams, M., Patel, C., Heussler, H., Duff-Farrier, C., Lakeman, P., Scurr, I., Kini, U., Elting, M., Reijnders, M., Schuurs-Hoeijmakers, J., Wafik, M., Blomhoff, A., Ruivenkamp, C. A. L., Nibbeling, E., Dingemans, A. J. M., Douine, E. D., Nelson, S. F. & Hempel, M., Nov 2020, In: Genetics in Medicine. 22, 11, p. 1920 1 p.

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