The BCAP31 gene, located at Xq28, encodes BAP31, which plays a role in ER-to-Golgi anterograde transport. To date, BCAP31 pathogenic variants have been reported in 12 male cases from seven families (six loss of function (LoF) and one missense). Patients had severe intellectual disability (ID), dystonia, deafness, and central hypomyelination, delineating a so-called deafness, dystonia and cerebral hypomyelination syndrome (DDCH). Female carriers are mostly asymptomatic but may present with deafness. BCAP31 is flanked by the SLC6A8 and ABCD1 genes. Contiguous deletions of BCAP31 and ABCD1 and/or SLC6A8 have been described in 12 patients. Patients with deletions including BCAP31 and SLC6A8 have the same phenotype as BCAP31 patients. Patients with deletions of BCAP31 and ABCD1 have contiguous ABCD1 and DXS1375E/BCAP31 deletion syndrome (CADDS), and demonstrate a more severe neurological phenotype with cholestatic liver disease and early death. We report 17 novel families, 14 with intragenic BCAP31 variants (LoF and missense) and three with a deletion of BCAP31 and adjacent genes (comprising two CADDS patients, one male and one symptomatic female). Our study confirms the phenotype reported in males with intragenic LoF variants and shows that males with missense variants exhibit a milder phenotype. Most patients with a LoF pathogenic BCAP31 variant have permanent or transient liver enzyme elevation. We further demonstrate that carrier females (n = 10) may have a phenotype comprising LD, ID, and/or deafness. The male with CADDS had a severe neurological phenotype, but no cholestatic liver disease, and the symptomatic female had moderate ID and cholestatic liver disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1405-1417
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Human Genetics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Institutes of Health
National Human Genome Research InstituteU01HG009599
National Health and Medical Research CouncilAPP1155224, APP1091593
Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation


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