Differential effects on sodium current impairments by distinct SCN1A mutations in GABAergic neurons derived from Dravet syndrome patients

Hyun Woo Kim, Zhejiu Quan, Young Beom Kim, Eunji Cheong, Heung Dong Kim, Minjung Cho, Jiho Jang, Young Rang Yoo, Joon Soo Lee, Ji Hun Kim, Yang In Kim, Dae Sung Kim, Hoon Chul Kang

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Background: We investigated how two distinct mutations in SCN1A differentially affect electrophysiological properties of the patient-derived GABAergic neurons and clinical severities in two Dravet syndrome (DS) patients. Materials and Methods: We established induced pluripotent stem cells from two DS patients with different mutations in SCN1A and subsequently differentiated them into forebrain GABAergic neurons. Functionality of differentiated GABAergic neurons was examined by electrophysiological recordings. Results: DS-1 patient had a missense mutation, c.4261G > T [GenBank: NM_006920.4] and DS-2 patient had a nonsense frameshift mutation, c.3576_3580 del TCAAA [GenBank: NM_006920.4]. Clinically, contrary to our expectations, DS-1 patient had more severe symptoms including frequency of seizure episodes and the extent of intellectual ability penetration than DS-2 patient. Electrophysiologic recordings showed significantly lower sodium current density and reduced action potential frequency at strong current injection (>60 pA) in GABAergic neurons derived from both. Intriguingly, unique genetic alterations of SCN1A differentially impacted electrophysiological impairment of the neurons, and the impairment's extent corresponded with the symptomatic severity of the donor from which the iPSCs were derived. Conclusion: Our results suggest the possibility that patient-derived iPSCs may provide a reliable in vitro system that reflects clinical severities in individuals with DS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-298
Number of pages12
JournalBrain and Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Dong-Su Jang, MFA (Medical Illustrator, Medical Research Support Section, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea) for his help with the illustrations. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grants (NRF-2013R1A2A2A01014108 to H.C.K.; NRF-2015R1D1A1A01056649 to D-.S.K.) and by Grants from Yonsei University college of Medicine (6-2009-0121 to H.C.K) and Korea University (K1701271 to D-.S.K).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 The Japanese Society of Child Neurology


  • Dravet syndrome
  • Induced pluripotent stem cell
  • Voltage-gated sodium channel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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