A new mouse model of ARX dup24 recapitulates the patients' behavioral and fine motor alterations

Aline Dubos, Hamid Meziane, Giovanni Iacono, Aurore Curie, Fabrice Riet, Christelle Martin, Nadège Loaëc, Marie Christine Birling, Mohammed Selloum, Elisabeth Normand, Guillaume Pavlovic, Tania Sorg, Henk G. Stunnenberg, Jamel Chelly, Yann Humeau, Gaëlle Friocourt, Yann Hérault

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The aristaless-related homeobox (ARX) transcription factor is involved in the development of GABAergic and cholinergic neurons in the forebrain. ARX mutations have been associated with a wide spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders in humans, among which the most frequent, a 24 bp duplication in the polyalanine tract 2 (c.428_451dup24), gives rise to intellectual disability, fine motor defects with or without epilepsy. To understand the functional consequences of this mutation, we generated a partially humanized mouse model carrying the c.428_451dup24 duplication (Arx dup24/0 ) that we characterized at the behavior, neurological and molecular level. Arx dup24/0 males presented with hyperactivity, enhanced stereotypies and altered contextual fear memory. In addition, Arx dup24/0 males had fine motor defects with alteration of reaching and grasping abilities. Transcriptome analysis of Arx dup24/0 forebrains at E15.5 showed a down-regulation of genes specific to interneurons and an up-regulation of genes normally not expressed in this cell type, suggesting abnormal interneuron development. Accordingly, interneuron migration was altered in the cortex and striatum between E15.5 and P0 with consequences in adults, illustrated by the defect in the inhibitory/excitatory balance in Arx dup24/0 basolateral amygdala. Altogether, we showed that the c.428_451dup24 mutation disrupts Arx function with a direct consequence on interneuron development, leading to hyperactivity and defects in precise motor movement control and associative memory. Interestingly, we highlighted striking similarities between the mouse phenotype and a cohort of 33 male patients with ARX c.428_451dup24, suggesting that this new mutant mouse line is a good model for understanding the pathophysiology and evaluation of treatment.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)2138-2153
Aantal pagina's16
TijdschriftHuman Molecular Genetics
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
StatusGepubliceerd - 15 jun. 2018
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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