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Rare Copy Number Variants in Tourette Syndrome Disrupt Genes in Histaminergic Pathways and Overlap with Autism



Studies of copy number variation (CNV) have successfully characterized loci and molecular pathways involved in a range of neuropsychiatric conditions. We conducted an analysis of rare CNVs in Tourette Syndrome (TS) to identify novel risk regions and relevant molecular pathways, evaluate the burden of structural variation in cases versus controls, and to assess the overlap of identified variations with those implicated in other neuropsychiatric syndromes.


We conducted a case-control study of 460 individuals with TS, including 148 parent-child trios and 1131 controls. CNV analysis was undertaken using 370K to 1M probe arrays, and genome-wide genotyping data was used to match cases and controls for ancestry. Transmitted and de novo CNVs present in < 1% of the population were evaluated.


While there was no significant increase in the number of de novo or transmitted rare CNVs in cases versus controls, pathway analysis using multiple algorithms showed enrichment of genes within histamine receptor (H1R and H2R) signaling pathways (p=5.8×10-4-1.6×10-2) as well as “axon guidance”, “cell adhesion”, “nervous system development” and “synaptic structure and function” processes. Genes mapping within rare CNVs in TS showed significant overlap with those previously identified in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), but not intellectual disability or schizophrenia. Three large, likely-pathogenic, de novo events were identified, including one disrupting multiple gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor genes.


We identify further evidence supporting recent findings regarding the involvement of histaminergic and GABAergic mechanisms in the etiology of TS and show an overlap of rare CNVs in TS and ASD.

Keywords: Tourette syndrome, copy number variation, CNV, histamine, GABA, autism


Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a developmental neuropsychiatric disorder which affects between 3 in 1000 individuals and 1 in 100 individuals (1-3). It is characterized by the presence of both motor and vocal tics and follows a waxing and waning course, often with improvement or remission in adulthood (4-7). While cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying TS pathophysiology remain uncertain, multiple lines of evidence point to the involvement of dopaminergic (DA) neurotransmission and abnormalities in the corticostriatal- thalamic-cortical (CTSC) circuits (8, 9). More recent post mortem data highlights abnormalities in striatal gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic interneurons (10, 11).

Three decades of research led to widespread agreement that genes play a significant role. TS and related conditions, including chronic tics, aggregate within families and show considerably higher concordance in monozygotic versus dizygotic twins (12-14). While early segregation analyses suggested single-gene autosomal dominant inheritance, contemporary data has pointed to a highly heterogeneous genetic architecture (15-18).

While the major emphasis over the last decade has been on the contribution of common genetic variations (>5% of the population), several recent findings highlight the importance of studying rare, highly penetrant variants, including the identification of mutations in the gene Slit and trk like family member 1 (SLITRK1) (19) and mapping of rare chromosomal abnormalities disrupting the Contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CNTNAP2) (20) and Neuroligin 4 (NLGN4) (21) genes, with these latter two also strongly implicated in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Most recently, we characterized a highly penetrant mutation in the gene L-histidine Decarboxylase (HDC) in a dense TS pedigree, implicating histaminergic (HA) neurotransmission in the genesis or modulation of tics (22).

The emergence of microarray technologies that can detect sub-microscopic structural variation revealed extensive copy number variation (CNV) across the human genome (23-26) and provided new opportunities for genome-wide assessment of rare variation. Studies in schizophrenia (SCZ) (27-33) and ASD (34-37) demonstrated an over-representation of rare CNVs, particularly genic de novo variants (30, 34, 35, 38), and highlighted molecular mechanisms that likely play a role in these conditions. Moreover, recent replicated findings show that more than one developmental neuropsychiatric disorder may share the same rare variant as a risk factor. For example, evidence implicating structural variants at the regions 16p11.2 (33, 39), 22q11.2 (40, 41), 1q21 (27, 32, 42-44), and the genes Neurexin 1 (NRXN1) (34, 36, 37, 45, 46) and SH3 and multiple ankyrin repeat domains 3 (SHANK3) (47) in both SCZ and ASD support the hypothesis of shared biological pathways in these conditions. Similarly, the single genome-wide copy number variation study published to date in TS identified rare variants at the NRXN1 and catenin, alpha 3 (CTNNA3) loci, leading the authors to hypothesize an overlap of risk with both ASD and SCZ (48).

We evaluated 460 unrelated affected individuals (including 148 trios) and 1131 control individuals (including 436 trios) using Illumina genome-wide SNP microarrays, paying particular attention to guarding against known confounds in association studies, including population stratification and batch effects (49). Moreover, the study design includes an evaluation of both transmitted and de novo CNVs, providing important opportunities to advance the understanding of the contribution of rare structural variation to this disorder.


Study Subjects

Patients who met Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, text revision (DSM-IV-TR) criteria for Tourette’s Disorder (50) and their parents, if available, were included. Two cohorts of Caucasian TS patients (n=645, including 248 trios) from independent studies in the United States and Netherlands were ascertained (see Methods in Supplement 1). Control subjects were comprised of unrelated children (n=546) and parents (n=1098) of European ancestry from the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC) who were extensively phenotyped ( and showed no evidence of ASD (51), as well as a group of unrelated healthy subjects collected as part of a separate genetic study of intracranial aneurysms (YNIA, n=786) (Figure 1, Table S1 in Supplement 1).

Figure 1
Copy number variant (CNV) discovery, quality control, and annotation workflow

Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping

Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood or cell line lymphoblasts using standard protocols. TS subjects and controls were genotyped using the Illumina HumanCNV 370v1-duo, HumanOmni1-Quad, Human1M-Duo v1, and Human 1M-Duo v3 BeadChips, according to the standard Illumina protocol (see Methods in Supplement 1).

SNP Quality Control

Genotypes were analyzed using Plink (52) and removed from the analyses if: 1) sample call rate was less than 97%; 2) genotypes were inconsistent with recorded gender; or 3) Mendelian inconsistencies or cryptic relatedness were detected (see Methods in Supplement 1).

Population Outlier Exclusions

After removing individuals with cryptic relatedness, Golden Helix SNP and Variation Suite v7.4.0 (SVS; Golden Helix, Inc.) was used to perform a genotype principal component analysis (PCA) among all cases and controls and to plot derivative Log Ratio spread and Log Ratio average by chromosome in order to remove outlying samples (see Methods in Supplement 1).

Residual Batch Effect Control

Correction of LogR values to control for residual batch effects was performed using Golden Helix SVS (see Methods in Supplement 1). PCA-corrected data was used for all CNV predictions included in our analyses.

CNV Predictions

Genotypic data from all samples, including both cases and controls, were processed by three CNV detection algorithms: PennCNV (Rev. 220) (53), QuantiSNP (v1.1) (54), and GNOSIS (38). The results of all three algorithms were analyzed and merged using the program CNVision ((38) and (Figure 1) (see Methods in Supplement 1).

CNV Quality Control

Samples were discarded from final analysis if they failed any one of the quality control checks for the three individual CNV algorithms (Figure 1) (see Methods in Supplement 1).

CNV Confirmation

Confirmations of all predicted de novo CNVs in TS cases were performed using whole-blood derived DNA (18 ng), evaluated using real-time qPCR analysis (see Methods in Supplement 1).

CNV Annotation

A CNV was classified as rare, genic, exonic, and/or brain expressed based on pre-determined criteria (see Methods in Supplement 1).

CNV Burden Analysis

To ensure comparable CNV detection from different array types, CNV predictions from the shared set of probes common to all array platforms (n=213,819) was used for all case-control comparisons. For the overall burden analysis, we compared the proportion of subjects in each group harboring at least one predicted rare CNV.

Relative frequencies of RefSeq genes, annotated as mapping within the boundaries of genic CNVs in TS and controls, were calculated to determine whether specific genes were overrepresented in TS.

To assess whether genes and CNVs previously associated with ASD, intellectual disability (ID), and SCZ were enriched in TS cases versus controls, we compared previously defined gene lists (55, 56) to one generated from all rare genic CNVs in TS cases, predicted from the shared set of probes common to all array platforms (see Methods in Supplement 1).

Biological Pathway and Processes Enrichment Analysis

As these analyses do not involve a case-control comparison, our input included all genes corresponding to all high confidence CNVs predicted from cases using full probe sets from each array. This provided for maximal detection resolution from each array-type. We determined whether RefSeq genes mapping within rare exonic CNV intervals in TS subjects were over-represented in one or more biological processes or functionally defined pathways compared to all known genes, using MetaCore (MC), PANTHER (PA) and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) (see Methods in Supplement 1).


After completing quality control and case-control matching, a total of 460 cases (148 trios) and 1131 controls (436 trios) were included in our analyses (Figure 1; see also Table S1, Figure S1-2 in Supplement 1). PCA of genotypic data yielded a genomic inflation factor (λ) of 1.14. We further corrected for residual differences in batch effects by adjusting LogR values for 9 principal components (Figure S3 in Supplement 1). From this matched sample, using the set of probes shared by all array platforms, we identified a total of 745 rare high confidence CNVs in cases and 1910 in controls (Table S2 in Supplement 2). Among these, we found 4 cases (2.7%) and 5 controls (1.1%) carrying at last one rare de novo CNV (Table S3 in Supplement 1). The rate of de novo CNVs in our control sample was highly consistent with that found in prior studies (38, 57).

Overall, we found no statistically significant differences in rare CNV burden in cases versus controls, even using a nominal uncorrected p-value of 0.05. This result did not vary when we examined de novo or transmitted CNVs or proportions of deletions or duplications separately (Figure S4, Table S3 in Supplement 1). We conducted an exploratory analysis evaluating multiple types of rare CNVs, including those that map to coding regions of the genome, those that overlap exons, and those that overlap genes expressed in human brain. No subgroup was significantly overrepresented in cases versus controls (Figure S4, Table S3 in Supplement 1). We did observe larger (mean size: 14Mb versus 662.9kb) and more gene-rich (mean gene number: 28.0 versus 6.4 genes per CNV) rare de novo CNVs in cases versus controls, a pattern seen in other neuropsychiatric disorders (38). However, these differences were not statistically significant (p=0.3 using two-tailed t-test for each comparison), likely due to the small number of observations in each group (n=5 in cases, n=4 in controls). Similarly, neither mean CNV size (220kb versus 150kb) nor mean gene content (1.8 versus 1.2 genes per CNV) was significantly different between cases and controls when all (de novo and transmitted) rare CNVs were considered together (p=0.3 using two-tailed t-test for each comparison).

We next evaluated whether the total group of genes mapping within rare genic CNV intervals in cases pointed to the involvement of particular biological pathways or processes. As described above, to maximize the sensitivity of this analysis, we considered all predicted high confidence rare exonic CNVs in cases derived from full array probe sets. We relied on three programs, MetaCore (MC), PANTHER (PA), and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA). A list of all 2,646 genes identified in TS cases was used as input for each algorithm. The five pathways showing greatest significance (smallest p-values), relative to all known genes in the genome, included pathways involving ubiquitin (MC, p=9.6 × 10-5), GABA receptor signaling (MC, p=1.9 × 10-4), sphingolipid metabolism (IPA, p=3.1 × 10-4), histamine receptor signaling (MC, p=5.8 × 10-4, H1R), and alpha-2 adrenergic receptor function (MC, p=7.7 × 10-4). Overlapping results among differing algorithms occurred for GABA (IPA, p=6.0 × 10-3; MC, p=1.9 × 10-4) and histamine (MC, p=5.8×10-4, H1R; PA, p=0.016A, H2R; p=0.058, H1R) signaling pathways only (Table 1; Figure S5 in Supplement 1).

Table 1
Pathway analysis of 2,646 genes within exonic rare copy number variants (CNV) in Tourette syndrome (TS).

Recognizing that results from pathway analysis tools can be biased by the clustering of gene families within structural variants (58), we next removed CNVs containing large numbers of genes, defined by exceeding three standard deviations from the mean of all genic TS CNVs (mean = 2.3, SD = 13.3). Two duplications, one involving 447 RefSeq genes on chromosome 5q and the other involving 56 genes on chromosome 22q11, met this criterion. An analysis of the remaining list of 2,143 genes resulted in the elimination of the GABA receptor signaling findings and ranked the histamine receptor signaling pathway as having the smallest relative p-value (Table S4 in Supplement 1). We found no evidence that enrichment of histamine receptor signaling could have been the result of similar clustering. The histamine pathways identified by both PA and MC were composed of between 4 and 9 genes from rare CNVs found in 10 (PA) or 17 (MC) TS subjects (Table 1; Table S4 in Supplement 1). No single CNV contributed more than one gene to the histamine pathways results.

Using this list of 2,143 genes, we also examined the enrichment of all TS rare CNVs in biological processes relative to the genome using MC and PA. Significant p-values (<0.05) with agreement between algorithms was observed for “axon guidance”, “cell adhesion”, “nervous system development” and “synaptic structure and function” (Table S5 in Supplement 1).

As multiple recent studies suggested overlapping risks among divergent neuropsychiatric disorders, including ASD, SCZ, and ID (40, 44, 55), we next adopted previously defined gene lists from recent large scale studies of these disorders to evaluate genic overlap with TS (38, 55, 56). We found a significant enrichment of genes classified as “ASD implicated” (2% vs. 0.4%, p=0.006) and “ASD implicated + ASD candidates” (10.2% vs. 5.7%, p=0.002) among individuals with TS versus matched controls (Table 2, Figure 2). This enrichment withstands correction for multiple comparisons. In contrast, no significant overlap was observed with either ID (p=0.9) or SCZ (p=0.2) gene lists (Figure 2).

Figure 2
Rare copy number variant (CNV) burden in known autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disability (ID), and schizophrenia (SCZ) genes/regions
Table 2
Tourette syndrome (TS) rare copy number variants (CNVs) in genes and regions previously associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Underlined genes showed recurrence and relative enrichment in TS versus controls (see Table 3).

We next evaluated both CNV intervals and RefSeq transcripts mapping within rare CNVs that were recurrently observed as restricted to or over-represented in cases (Table 3). To avoid biasing our interpretation, we also evaluated a randomly selected subset of controls of equal size (N=460) and identified genes that were either restricted to or overrepresented in unaffected individuals (n=41 genes, data not shown). While these could potentially include protective alleles, we reasoned that the majority would have no association with disease and consequently, we added this number to the total found in cases (N=26) as the basis for a correction for multiple comparisons in evaluating association (N=67 total events). To ensure comparable CNV detection from different array types, CNVs in both cases and controls were detected using probes shared among the arrays (n=213,819).

Table 3
Recurrent rare copy number variant (CNV) gene overlap with enrichment in Tourette syndrome (TS) versus controls. Underlined genes have been associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (see Table 2).

Only a single gene, fragile histidine triad (FHIT), reached statistical significance based on this corrected p-value threshold of 7.5 × 10-4 (Table 3; Figure S6 in Supplement 1). However, a detailed inspection of this locus showed that the majority of CNVs in this interval had highly similar start and stop coordinates, despite the absence of flanking segmental duplications. In addition, one affected individual was homozygous for what appeared to be the identical CNV (Figure S6 in Supplement 1). These observations raised the prospect of residual population stratification. Consequently, we further evaluated ancestral clustering in cases and controls (59, 60) (see Methods in Supplement 1) and found that all carriers of the identical FHIT CNV (N=17), showed significant ancestral clustering, compared to a randomly chosen control sample of equal size (p=0.028) (Figure S7 in Supplement 1). Interestingly, when FHIT CNV carriers were grouped based on affected status, the TS carriers (N=12) were more similar in ancestry than a random sample of non-carriers (p=0.002) while control carriers (N=5) were not (p=0.58). While this last observation deserves further scrutiny, overall these results suggest that the FHIT association with TS identified in our cohort is most likely the result of population stratification.

Finally, we reasoned that while the overall number of de novo structural variations identified might not differ between cases and controls, specific CNVs might nonetheless be conferring disease risk. Consequently, we focused on large rare de novo exonic variants, given both the trend toward larger and more gene-rich de novo CNVs in cases versus controls in this study and strong evidence from studies in ASD, demonstrating that these CNVs carry significant risks (27, 38, 61). To ensure that we did not overlook such an event due to reliance on the reduced “consensus” probe sets, we re-analyzed cases for de novo CNVs using predictions derived from the full array probe sets. Our results were identical. We detected four de novo CNVs which were subsequently all confirmed using qPCR. The largest of these is a heterozygous duplication that spans 51.8Mb and 447 RefSeq genes (Figure 3A) on chromosome 5q (chr5: 127,500,000-179,295,570). Three other de novo variants were detected: a 316 kb duplication at 6p25.3 (chr6: 744,618-1,060,897; 1 RefSeq gene), a 1.2 Mb deletion at 20p13 (chr20: 2,758,098-3,942,609; 27 RefSeq genes) (Figure 3B), and a 2.5 Mb duplication at 22q11.21 (chr22:17,269,490-19,792,353; 56 RefSeq genes) (Figure 3C). Though the number of events evaluated here is small, the distribution of CNV size and gene content in TS cases as well as controls in this study is similar to the pattern we observed in a recent study of ASD (Figure 4), in which large highly genic de novo events were essentially restricted to affected individuals (38).

Figure 3
Large de novo copy number variants (CNV) in Tourette syndrome (TS) subjects
Figure 4
Distribution of number of RefSeq genes overlapped by rare de novo copy number variants (CNV) in Tourette syndrome (TS) probands, autism probands, and sibling controls


Our data supports recent findings implicating histaminergic neurotransmission in the etiology or modulation of tics and highlights the potential involvement of GABAergic mechanisms as well. In addition, the results reinforce the notion of shared genetic risks among clinically-distinct syndromes, in this case ASD and tic disorders, and identify three novel, large, rare, genic, de novo CNVs that are likely carrying risk in the individuals in which they were identified, based on their de novo status and high gene content relative to controls.

Analysis of genes mapping within rare genic TS CNVs show significant enrichment for a variety of pathways involved in CNS development and function (Table 1; Figure S6 in Supplement 1). However, after correcting for the impact of gene family clusters mapping within large CNVs, only histaminergic signaling was identified by multiple algorithms. The result is a particularly intriguing, given our recent discovery of a dense TS pedigree segregating a rare loss-of-function mutation in the HDC gene (22), the rate-limiting enzyme in histamine biosynthesis. HA signaling in the central nervous system is mediated by four G protein-coupled receptors, located both presynaptically (predominantly H3 as well as H4) and postsynaptically (H1-H3). Presynaptic HA receptors regulate not only the release of HA, but also a variety of other neurotransmitters, including dopamine. Several lines of evidence suggest that HA acts in a counter-regulatory fashion, with increased HA resulting in decreased DA signaling and vice versa (62, 63). H2 and H3 receptors are enriched in the striatum and cortex, regions of the brain implicated in TS (64), and studies of rodents with decreased brain HA show increased sensitivity to stereotypies when administered DA agonists (65). As H3R antagonists and inverse agonists are in late-stage clinical development and being considered for other neuropsychiatric indications (66, 67), there may well be near-term opportunities to translate a deeper understanding of the relationship of HA and tics into novel treatment approaches.

As noted, our initial pathway analysis also identified enrichment of GABA-A receptor life cycle and GABA receptor signaling genes; however, the finding was accounted for by a single large multigenic de novo CNV (Figure 3A). Consequently, the implications are not clear: on the one hand, the clustering of gene families in genomic segments, as well as the relatively large target sizes of neuronal genes, has the potential to bias pathway analyses (58); on the other hand, there is strong evidence from prior studies of neurodevelopmental disorders, including ASD (38), that large de novo genic events are very likely to be pathogenic. As 447 genes map within the chromosome 5 de novo event, conclusions regarding which gene or genes may be contributing to TS in this instance are not possible. However, in light of two recent post mortem studies highlighting the GABA system in TS (10, 11), further study of genes within this interval and attention to the GABA system in general will be of particular interest in large-scale sequencing and follow-up CNV studies.

Both the ubiquination pathway (p=9.6 × 10-5) (Table 1) and the cell adhesion process (Table S5 in Supplement 1) were significantly enriched in our cohort, and both have been identified by similar pathway analyses of ASD cohorts (37). Our findings with regard to axonal guidance, neuronal development, and synaptic structure and function processes are likewise consistent with prior studies of ASD (34, 37, 55).

In a similar vein, our comparison of all genes mapping within rare TS CNVs to genes previously implicated in ID, ASD, and SCZ support the hypothesis of shared genetic risks, but only for ASD and TS (Table 2, Figure 2). Consistent with this, several case reports and cohort studies point to an increased rate of comorbidity between ASD and TS or tic disorders (68-72). A prior genome-wide CNV study of TS (48) supported this finding and also suggested a convergence of risks among TS and SCZ as well. We did not find evidence for the latter. However, it is important to note that the previous study did not have a sufficient number of observations to conduct a meaningful statistical analysis and, conversely, our study did indeed find genes within TS CNVs that have previously been identified as putative SCZ risks, including CNTNAP2 and ASTN2 (Tables 2 and and3).3). As we did not have comprehensive phenotypic data regarding social disability syndromes or psychosis in our TS cohort, it was not possible for us to assess phenotypic overlap in individuals with putatively overlapping genetic risks. However, recent findings in ASD, SCZ, ID all suggest that the diversity of phenotypic outcomes from apparently identical mutations is unlikely to be explained entirely by overt “co-morbidity” (73).

After carefully matching cases and controls using genome-wide genotyping data and removing outliers, we calculated a genomic inflation factor (λ) of 1.14. While there is no consensus regarding a maximum value for CNV studies - in fact, few CNV studies have addressed this issue – our value is slightly above that generally accepted for genome-wide association studies (74). To protect against potential liability for Type I error, we looked for residual population structure in any putative positive associations arising from our case-control analyses and identified that this likely played a role in the observed FHIT finding (Figure S7 in Supplement 1).

Interestingly, we did not find an overall excess of rare CNVs in TS cases versus controls, as has been observed for ASD and SCZ (33, 55). However, it is also worth noting that in our analysis of more than 1000 simplex autism families, the significant increase in the burden of all rare CNVs was entirely accounted for by the contribution of a proportionally small number of large multigenic de novo events. In the present study, we observed a similar trend, with the mean size of rare de novo events in cases approximately 20x larger than those in controls and encompassing about four times as many genes. However, in the current study these differences were not statistically significant, a plausible consequence of our small sample size. A larger family cohort will be required to more definitively test the hypothesis that de novo CNVs, and particularly large multi-genic events, carry risk for TS.

Also of interest is a 2.5 Mb rare de novo duplication on chromosome 22q11.2 which corresponds to the recurrent heterozygous deletion that results in velocardiofacial syndrome (Table 2, Figure 3C). Details regarding the clinical features of this individual were described in an earlier case report (75). There is convincing evidence for an increased rate of psychosis and ID in individuals carrying the 22q11.2 deletion (76-78). Moreover, data from multiple recent studies of de novo CNVs in this region in individuals with ASD has shown an association, but only when duplications and deletions are considered together (38). Overall, there is not sufficient data to determine whether this is justifiable, as it is not clear whether 22.q11.2 duplications are independently associated with a developmental phenotype (79-81) or represent an incidental finding. However, recent evidence with regard to the contribution of deletions and duplications at 16p11.2 to ASD and a range of other conditions suggests that duplications of the 22q11.2 locus certainly warrant further evaluation with regard to their role in the risk for a variety of developmental outcomes, including TS (38).

Several limitations of our study deserve mention. First, the size of our patient cohort was relatively small, particularly with regard to the detection and analysis de novo CNVs. This issue was exacerbated by the removal of 185 probands during quality control steps, including matching for ancestry. On balance, though, the aforementioned findings with regard to the FHIT locus underscore the importance of rigorous control for population stratification. In addition, the reliance on differing arrays resulted in a smaller sample and lower resolution of CNV detection in order to avoid the significant confound of batch effects. In light of the fact that an increased burden of de novo CNVs in ASD and SCZ was initially identified using arrays with less than half the probe number present in the consensus set used in the current study (28, 35), it is unlikely that the failure to detect a statistically significant difference, if it is a false negative finding, was the result of insufficient resolution, but more likely the limitations imposed by sample size. Finally, our use of a subgroup of controls related to individuals with ASD could have resulted in the presence of affected individuals in our control sample. In this case, the liability would have been for Type II error, given the known increased burden of rare CNVs among individuals with ASD. Despite these issues, our data clearly demonstrate the value of pursuing rare variant and CNV analyses in TS, and highlight the pressing need for studies of larger cohorts to replicate, clarify, and extend these findings.

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This study was funded by NIH grants: R01MH092289 (MWS), R01MH092293 (GAH and JAT), R01 MH092520 (DG) R01NS056276 (MWS), R01MH061940 (JFL), K05MH076273 (JFL), R25MH077823 (JFL), UL1RR024139 (SM), U24NS051869 (SM). Additional funding was provided by the Shepherd Foundation (MWS), the Overlook International Fund (MWS), the Yale Program on Neurogenetics (MG, MWS), and the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (through New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services: 09-1839-FS-N-0) (GAH and JAT).


FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES Dr. Leckman has received support from the following: NIH (salary and research funding), Tourette Syndrome Association (research funding), Talecris Biotherapeutics (research funding), Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation (medical student fellowship program), C8Sciences (equity interest), John Wiley and Sons (book royalties), McGraw Hill (book royalties), Oxford University Press (book royalties). Dr. Gilbert has received research funding as a site investigator for pharmaceutical studies sponsored by Psyadon Pharmaceuticals and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. He has received honoraria from the Tourette Syndrome Association/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Movement Disorder Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics; serves on the medical advisory board for the Tourette Syndrome Association; writes board review questions for PREP SA (American Academy of Pediatrics); and has received research support from the NIH (NIMH R01 MH078160, NIMH R01 MH08185, and NINDS NS056276) and from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, the University of Cincinnati, and the Tourette Syndrome Association. Dr. Hoekstra has received research funding from National (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development) and European Science Foundations (European Union seventh Framework Programme) over the last two years. He also received honoraria from Desitin, Lilly, and Shire. Dr. State holds a patent with Yale University regarding the contribution of specific rare mutations in the gene CNTNAP2 and autism spectrum disorders.

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