A survey of fragile X syndrome in a sample from Spanish Basque country.
ABSTRACT Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited form of mental retardation. The syndrome is associated with a CGG repeat expansion in the 5'UTR of the first exon of the FMR1 gene. This gene maps to Xq27.3 and coincides with the cytogenetic fragile site (FRAXA). The present study deals with the prevalence of fragile X syndrome among individuals with mental retardation of unknown cause from institutions and special schools from the Spanish Basque Country. Results of cytogenetic and molecular studies, performed in a group of 134 unrelated individuals (92 males and 42 females) are presented. The cytogenetic marker at Xq27.3 was identified in 12 patients. Other chromosomal abnormalities were found in two cases that this and previous studies confirmed as Angelman and Prader-Willi syndromes. Two males, in whom the cytogenetic marker was identified, were found negative for FRAXA and FRAXE expansion at the molecular level. The present study shows that the frequency of the FRAXA full mutation in individuals of Spanish non-Basque origin is in the range of other Spanish populations. In the sample of Spanish Basque origin we have not found cytogenetic FRAXA site expression, and the CGG repeat size of FMR1 gene is in the normal range. The significance of these results are discussed.
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ABSTRACT: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is characterized by moderate to severe intellectual disability, which is accompanied by macroorchidism and distinct facial morphology. FXS is caused by the expansion of the CGG trinucleotide repeat in the 5' untranslated region of the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene. The syndrome has been studied in ethnically diverse populations around the world and has been extensively characterized in several populations. Similar to other trinucleotide expansion disorders, the gene-specific instability of FMR1 is not accompanied by genomic instability. Currently we do not have a comprehensive understanding of the molecular underpinnings of gene-specific instability associated with tandem repeats. Molecular evidence from in vitro experiments and animal models supports several pathways for gene-specific trinucleotide repeat expansion. However, whether the mechanisms reported from other systems contribute to trinucleotide repeat expansion in humans is not clear. To understand how repeat instability in humans could occur, the CGG repeat expansion is explored through molecular analysis and population studies which characterized CGG repeat alleles of FMR1. Finally, the review discusses the relevance of these studies in understanding the mechanism of trinucleotide repeat expansion in FXS.Annals of Human Genetics 12/2011; 76(2):178-91. · 1.93 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Fragile X Syndrome (FXS, MIM 309550) is mainly due to the expansion of a CGG trinucleotide repeat sequence, found in the 5' untranslated region of the FMR1 gene. Some studies suggest that stable markers, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and the study of populations with genetic identity, could provide a distinct advance to investigate the origin of CGG repeat instability. In this study, seven SNPs (WEX28 rs17312728:G>T, WEX70 rs45631657:C>T, WEX1 rs10521868:A>C, ATL1 rs4949:A>G, FMRb rs25707:A>G, WEX17 rs12010481:C>T and WEX10 ss71651741:C>T) have been analyzed in two Basque valleys (Markina and Arratia). We examined the association between these SNPs and the CGG repeat size, the AGG interruption pattern and two microsatellite markers (FRAXAC1 and DXS548). The results suggest that in both valleys WEX28-T, WEX70-C, WEX1-C, ATL1-G, and WEX10-C are preferably associated with cis-acting sequences directly influencing instability. But comparison of the two valleys reveals also important differences with respect to: (1) frequency and structure of "susceptible" alleles and (2) association between "susceptible" alleles and STR and SNP haplotypes. These results may indicate that, in Arratia, SNP status does not identify a pool of susceptible alleles, as it does in Markina. In Arratia valley, the SNP haplotype association reveals also a potential new "protective" factor.Annals of Human Genetics 01/2012; 76(2):110-20. · 1.93 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Premature ovarian failure (POF) is defined as cessation of menses before the age of 40. The most significant single gene associated with POF is the Fragile X Mental Retardation 1 gene (FMR1). In the present work we screened women with fertility problems from the Basque Country in order to determine, whether in these women, FMR1 CGG repeat size in the intermediate and premutation range was associated with their pathology, and whether intermediate and premutation carriers had endocrine signs of diminished ovarian function, using the most established measure of ovarian reserve, the gonadotropin FSH. A patient sample of 41 women with ovarian insufficiency and a control sample of 32 women with no fertility problems from the Basque Country were examined. The patient sample was classified into three categories according to the results of the retrospective assessment of their ovarian function. In group 2 of patients, women with irregular cycles, reduced fecundity and FSH levels ≥ 10 IU/l, there is a significant increase in the number of intermediate and premutation FMR1 alleles (35-54 CG repeats). In group 3 of patients, women with amenorrhea for at least four consecutive months and FSH levels ≥ 10 IU/l, a significant increase in the number of intermediate FMR1 alleles (35-54 CGG repeats) was found in patients compared with controls. In this group all the patients had a serum concentration >40 IU/l. The results suggest that in the analyzed Basque sample the FMR1 gene has a role in the aetiology of POF. However, elevated FSH levels are more related to the menstrual cycle pattern than to the CGG repeat size.Gene 03/2013; · 2.20 Impact Factor