PPP2R5C-Related Syndrome

This guide is not meant to take the place of medical advice. Please consult with your doctor about your genetic results and health care choices. This Gene Guide was last updated on 2024. As new information comes to light with new research we will update this page. You may find it helpful to share this guide with friends and family members or doctors and teachers of the person who has PPP2R5C-Related Syndrome.
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PPP2R5C-related syndrome happens when there are changes in the PPP2R5C gene. These changes can keep the gene from working as it should.

Key Role

The PPP2R5C gene plays an important role in the development and function of brain cells.


Because the PPP2R5C gene is important for the brain, people who have PPP2R5C-related syndrome might have:

  • Intellectual disability

Our genes contain the instructions, or code, that tell our cells how to grow, develop, and work. Every child gets two copies of the PPP2R5C gene: one copy from their mother, from the egg, and one copy from their father, from the sperm. In most cases, parents pass on exact copies of the gene to their child. But the process of copying genes is not perfect. A change in the genetic code can lead to physical issues, developmental issues, or both.

Sometimes a random change happens in the sperm or egg. This change to the genetic code is called a ‘de novo’, or new, change. The child can be the first in the family to have the gene change.

De novo changes can take place in any gene. We all have some de novo changes, most of which don’t affect our health. But because PPP2R5C plays a key role in development, de novo changes in this gene can have a meaningful effect.

Research shows that PPP2R5C-related syndrome is often the result of a de novo change in PPP2R5C. Many parents who have had their genes tested do not have the PPP2R5C gene change found in their child who has the syndrome. In some cases, PPP2R5C-related syndrome happens because the gene change was passed down from a parent.

Dominant Inheritance

Children have a 50% chance of inheriting the genetic change.

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Why does my child have a change in the PPP2R5C gene?

No parent causes their child’s PPP2R5C-related syndrome. We know this because no parent has any control over the gene changes that they do or do not pass on to their children. Please keep in mind that nothing a parent does before or during the pregnancy causes this to happen. The gene change takes place on its own and cannot be predicted or stopped.

Each family is different. A geneticist or genetic counselor can give you advice on the chance that this will happen again in your family.

The risk of having another child who has PPP2R5C-related syndrome depends on the genes of both birth parents.

  • If neither birth parent has the same gene change found in their child, the chance of having another child who has the syndrome is on average 1 percent. This 1 percent chance is higher than the chance of the general population. The increase in risk is due to the very unlikely chance that more of the mother’s egg cells or the father’s sperm cells carry the same change in the gene.
  • If one birth parent has the same gene change found in their child, the chance of having another child who has the syndrome is 50 percent.

For a symptom-free sibling, a brother or sister, of someone who has PPP2R5C-related syndrome, the risk of having a child who has the syndrome depends on the symptom-free sibling’s genes and their parents’ genes.

  • If neither parent has the same gene change found in their child who has the syndrome, the symptom-free sibling has a nearly 0 percent chance of having a child who has PPP2R5C-related syndrome.
  • If one birth parent has the same gene change found in their child who has the syndrome, the symptom-free sibling has a small chance of also having the same gene change. If the symptom- free sibling has the same gene change as their sibling who has the syndrome, the symptom-free sibling’s chance of having a child who has PPP2R5C-related syndrome is 50 percent.

For a person who has PPP2R5C-related syndrome, the risk of having a child who has the syndrome is about 50 percent.

As of 2024, at least 2 people with PPP2R5C-related syndrome have been identified in a medical clinic.

People who have PPP2R5C-related syndrome might not look very different. Some people have a smaller than average head size.

Scientists and doctors have only just begun to study PPP2R5C-related syndrome. At this point, there are no medicines designed to treat the syndrome. A genetic diagnosis can help people decide on the best way to track the condition and manage therapies. Doctors can refer people to specialists for:

  • Physical exams and brain studies
  • Genetics consults
  • Development and behavior studies
  • Other issues, as needed

A developmental pediatrician, neurologist, or psychologist can follow progress over time and can help:

  • Suggest the right therapies. This can include physical, occupational, speech, or behavioral therapy.
  • Guide individualized education plans (IEPs).

Specialists advise that therapies for PPP2R5C-related syndrome should begin as early as possible, ideally before a child begins school.

If seizures happen, consult a neurologist. There are many types of seizures, and not all types are easy to spot. To learn more, you can refer to resources such as the Epilepsy Foundation’s website:…t-is-epilepsy/seizure-types

This section includes a summary of information from major published articles. It highlights how many people have different symptoms. To learn more about the articles, see the Sources and references section of this guide.

In the medical literature includes one article with a person diagnosed with PPP2R5C-related syndrome. This person was 9 years old and had intellectual disability, facial asymmetry, conductive hearing loss, taller than average height, and larger than average head size.

In early 2024, the Simons Searchlight registry had 5 people with PPP2R5C-related syndrome. As more people register and share medical information, we will be able to provide more information to the PPP2R5C community.

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Where can I find support and resources?

PPP2R5D Foundation Website

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Simons Searchlight

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Sources and References

The content in this guide comes from published studies about PPP2R5C-related syndrome. Below you can find details about each study, as well as links to summaries or, in some cases, the full article.

  • Loveday, C., Tatton-Brown, K., Clarke, M., Westwood, I., Renwick, A., Ramsay, E., Nemeth, A., Campbell, J., Joss, S., Gardner, M., Zachariou, A., Elliott, A., Ruark, E., Montfort, R. V., & Rahman, N. (2019). Corrigendum: Mutations in the PP2A regulatory subunit B family genes PPP2R5B, PPP2R5C and PPP2R5D cause human overgrowth. Human Molecular Genetics, 28(9), 1578.

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