Opposing effects on NaV1. 2 function underlie differences between SCN2A variants observed in individuals with autism spectrum disorder or infantile seizures.


Variants in the SCN2A gene that disrupt the encoded neuronal sodium channelNaV1.2 are important risk factors for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delay, and infantile seizures. Variants observed in infantile seizures are predominantly missense, leading to a gain of function and increased neuronal excitability. How variants associated with ASD affect NaV1.2 function and neuronal excitability are unclear.


We examined the properties of 11 ASD-associated SCN2A variants in heterologous expression systems using whole-cell voltage-clamp electrophysiology and immunohistochemistry. Resultant data were incorporated into computational models of developing and mature cortical pyramidal cells that express NaV1.2.

Biological psychiatry 82.3 (2017): 224-232.
Ben-Shalom, Roy, et al.