A Cockayne-Syndrome-Like Phenotype with a Homozygous Truncating UVSSA Variant: Might This Be a New Cause?


Molecular Syndromology, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000536420
  • Journal Name: Molecular Syndromology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: Cockayne syndrome, Nucleotide excision repair, Transcription-coupled nucleotide excision repair, UV-sensitive syndrome, UVSSA
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction: UV-sensitive syndrome and Cockayne syndrome (CS) are rare autosomal recessive and transcription-coupled nucleotide excision repair disorders with different clinical manifestations, although some types are allelic. Case Presentation: We report on a patient who passed away at 15 years old with a progeroid-like appearance, cachexia, hearing loss, and dental anomalies, which led us to the diagnosis of Cockayne-like progeroid syndromes. Our clinical exome sequencing including all the known genes of progeroid syndromes revealed a homozygous stop-gain variant in the UVSSA gene. Conclusion: Although truncating variants in the UVSSA are known to cause UVsS3, their association with CS has not yet been defined. This case might be the first report of a CS-like phenotype caused by a defective UVSSA.