Okur-Chung Neurodevelopmental syndrome (OCNDS) is a rare disorder characterized by hypotonia, developmental delay, dysmorphic features, and more. It is caused by pathogenic variants on CSNK2A1, the α subunit of protein kinase CK2. CK2 is considered a master regulator involved in many cell functions from cell differentiation and proliferation to apoptosis. Here, we create a potential zebrafish model of OCNDS with CK2 inhibition and characterize fibroblast cells with, K198R, D156E, and R47G variants of CSNK2A1. RNAseq results display a wide range of effects notably in the Myosin Protein superfamily, Insulin-like Growth Factor family, and in proteins related to mitochondrial function and cell metabolism. Factors in cell growth and metabolism across the nervous system and neuromuscular interactions appear to be most affected with similarities in markers to oncogenic states in some cases.
- Zebrafish models of Okur-Chung Neurodevelopmental Syndrome: Exploring Genotype-Phenotype Relationships