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Genetically heterogeneous, autosomal recessive inherited disease (5 complementation groups known so far). The mutations affect the AT gene located on chromosome 11q22.3 (the mutated gene is called the ATM gene ). The gene locus is in the region of important genes for T cell functions(CD3, THY1, NCAM). The mutatin causes disruption of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase.
Upon detection of double-strand breaks (DSBs), the wild-type kinase encoded by ATM initiates the DNA damage response by phosphorylating histone H2AX and subsequently various other proteins such as BRCA1 (see BRCA1 gene below) and the MRE11-RAD50-NBS1 (MRN) complex, which are placed at the damaged site. In addition, the ATM protein phosphorylates p53, leading to expression of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p21 and consequent senescence or apoptosis.
The AT gene defect causes, among other things, increased radiosensitivity.
Caution. Iatrogenic tumor induction during extensive radiographic diagnosis. Recombination defect during T cell maturation?
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Neurologic: Progressive cerebellar ataxia, trunk and extremities affected; oculomotor apraxia, typically sloping shoulders, head tilt to one side, generalized muscle weakness, dysarthritic speech, strabismus, nystagmus, peripheral neuropathy, absent tendon reflexes. CT: cerebral atrophy; mental retardation in about one-third, usually not marked until 10 years of age.
Immunological: Decreased cellular immune defense (IgA deficiency) leads to decreased resistance to infection with recurrent bacterial infections especially of maxillary sinuses and lungs. Hypoplasia or agenesis of the thymus, hypoplasia of the lymphoid tissue.
Pesons with ataxia telangiectasia have a higher incidence of T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (former median age between 25-30 years, compared to the "non-Louis Bar collective - Suarez F et al. 2015).
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- Seyschab H et al (1992) Simultaneous measurement of radiosensitivity and defective mitogen response in ataxia telangiectasia and related syndromes. Eur J Pediatr 151: 756-760
- Suarez F et al. (2015) Incidence, presentation, and prognosis of malignancies in ataxia-telangiectasia: a report from the French national registry of primary immune deficiencies. J Clin Oncol 33:202-208.
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- Takagi M et al (2004) Identification and characterization of polymorphic variations of the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) gene in childhood Hodgkin disease. Blood 103: 283-290
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Outgoing links (13)ATM Gene; BRCA1 Gene; Cd3; Ephelids; Hartnup syndrome; Hirsutism; Hyperpigmentation; Immunodeficient t-cell primary; Keratosis follicularis; P53 protein; ... Show all
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