Unique cardiac phenotype in ALPK3-related disease: Progression from dilated cardiomyopathy to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Johanna C. Herkert, Judith M. Verhagen, Dean G. Phelan, Paul A. James, Natasha J. Brown, Chloe Stutterd, Ivan Macciocca, Anu Aggarwal, Bert Timmer, Marion L. Bulthuis, Yolande Van Bever, Amy E. Roberts, Christine E. Seidman, Neal K. Lakdawala, Michael A. Burke, Mary Ella Pierpont, Irene M. Van Langen, Jan D. Jongbloed, Paul J. Lockhart, David J. AmorIngrid M. Van De Laar

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Abstract

Introduction: Biallelic truncating variants in ALPK3 have recently been described to cause pediatric cardiomyopathy (CMP). Functional studies have found disorganized intercalated discs and sarcomeres and calcium mishandling in both patients and mutant stemcellderived cardiomyocytes. Objectives: To delineate the clinical and genetic spectrum of ALPK3related disease and study genotypephenotype correlations. Methods: We collected clinical and genetic data on ALPK3related CMP patients, and performed ALPK3 staining in heart and skeletal muscle of 3 individuals carrying biallelic truncating variants. Results: We report biallelic ALPK3 mutations for a total of 18 patients: 9 previously reported cases and 9 novel patients from 6 families. Nine patients had biallelic truncating variants, 7 had a truncating and a missense variant, and 1 had a homozygous missense variant in ALPK3. Nine of 16 liveborn patients showed (biventricular) DCM during neonatal life that transitioned to predominantly HCM with surveillance. Several patients showed extracardiac features, including short stature (8/13), contractures (6/15), severe scoliosis (5/12), cleft palate (CP) or velopharyngeal insufficiency (5/15), and dysmorphic (Noonanlike) facies (8/14). Biopsy of 4 patients showed focal cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, subendocardial fibroelastosis <4 years of age, and myofibrillar disarray at adult age. ALPK3 staining confirmed its nuclear expression in heart and skeletal muscle, but no differences were observed between patients and controls. Mutations predominantly cluster in exon 6 and the alphakinase domain. No association between mutation type or location and disease severity was observed. Conclusion: Although it has been previously shown that HCM may progress to DCM, we describe a unique cardiac phenotype of DCM transitioning to predominantly HCM. We extend the ALPK3 phenotype to include CP and contractures, however no genotypephenotype correlation could be established. Alpk3 mice displayed a similar cardiac phenotype, but did not show fibrosis or extracardiac features. Expression of a truncated ALPK3 protein in humans may explain the differences in clinical manifestation between the patients and Alpk3 mice that do not produce ALPK3 protein.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 6-Nov-2018
EventAmerican Heart Association Scientific Sessions - Chicago, United States
Duration: 10-Nov-201812-Nov-2018

Conference

ConferenceAmerican Heart Association Scientific Sessions
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period10/11/201812/11/2018

Keywords

  • endogenous compound
  • urokinase
  • allele
  • animal experiment
  • biopsy
  • body height
  • cleft palate
  • conference abstract
  • congestive cardiomyopathy
  • contracture
  • controlled study
  • disease exacerbation
  • endocardial fibroelastosis
  • female
  • fibrosis
  • genetic association
  • heart hypertrophy
  • homozygosity
  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • male
  • missense mutation
  • mouse
  • newborn
  • nonhuman
  • palatopharyngeal incompetence
  • phenotype
  • protein expression
  • scoliosis
  • skeletal muscle

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