Below is a summary for the TAOK1 gene observed in research publications. This is not meant to take the place of medical advice. Click HERE for the full gene guide, which includes more information, such as chance of having another child with this condition, or specialists to consider for people with this condition.

What is TAOK1-related Syndrome?

TAOK1-related syndrome happens when there are changes to the TAOK1 gene. These changes can keep the gene from working as it should.

Key Role

The TAOK1 gene plays a key role in brain development.


Because the TAOK1 gene is important in the development and function of brain cells, many people who have TAOK1-related syndrome have:

  • Developmental delay
  • Speech and language delay
  • Low muscle tone
  • Motor delays
  • Intellectual disability

Do people who have TAOK1-related syndrome look different?

People who have TAOK1-related syndrome may look different. Some people may have a large head and a high forehead.


5 out of 8 people had speech delay.


6 out of 8 people had motor delay.


6 out of 8 people had low muscle tone.


Support Resources



GeneReviews are a great resource to bring to your child’s clinicians. These publications provide a summary of current research on genetic conditions and information on ongoing care.

There is currently no GeneReviews for TAOK1.


Research Article Summaries

We currently do not have any article summaries for TAOK1, but we add resources to our website as they become available.

The information available about TAOK1 is limited, and families and doctors share a critical need for more information. As we learn more from children who have this gene change, we expect our list of resources and information to grow.

Full versions of published research articles can be found on PubMed. PubMed is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) online database that is free. It has a collection of both medical and scientific research articles. A PubMed search for TAOK1 articles can be found here.


Research Opportunities

Simons Searchlight

Help the Simons Searchlight team learn more about TAOK1 genetic changes by taking part in our research. You can learn more about the project and sign up here.


Family Stories

We do not currently have any stories from TAOK1 families.

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