Genotype-phenotype analysis of 4q deletion syndrome: Proposal of a critical region
ABSTRACT Chromosome 4q deletion syndrome (4q- syndrome) is a rare condition, with an estimated incidence of 1 in 100,000. Although variable, the clinical spectrum commonly includes craniofacial, developmental, digital, skeletal, and cardiac involvement. Data on the genotype-phenotype correlation within the 4q arm are limited. We present detailed clinical and genetic information by array CGH on 20 patients with 4q deletions. We identified a patient who has a ∼465 kb deletion (186,770,069-187,234,800, hg18 coordinates) in 4q35.1 with all clinical features for 4q deletion syndrome except for developmental delay, suggesting that this is a critical region for this condition and a specific gene responsible for orofacial clefts and congenital heart defects resides in this region. Since the patients with terminal deletions all had cleft palate, our results provide further evidence that a gene associated with clefts is located on the terminal segment of 4q. By comparing and contrasting our patients' genetic information and clinical features, we found significant genotype-phenotype correlations at a single gene level linking specific phenotypes to individual genes. Based on these data, we constructed a hypothetical partial phenotype-genotype map for chromosome 4q which includes BMP3, SEC31A, MAPK10, SPARCL1, DMP1, IBSP, PKD2, GRID2, PITX2, NEUROG2, ANK2, FGF2, HAND2, and DUX4 genes.
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ABSTRACT: Small deletions on the long arm of distal chromosome 4 do not appear to result in gross congenital malformations, with the most frequently reported clinical findings including mild to moderate intellectual disability, learning disabilities and minor dysmorphic features. Here we report on a cytogenetically detectable familial interstitial chromosome 4 long arm deletion with no discernible phenotypic effects in a mother and her two daughters. The karyotypes of the mother and her two daughters were: 46,XX,del(4)(q35.1q35.2). Based on the results of FISH analyses using whole chromosome specific and subtelomeric probes, the karyotype was designated as: 46,XX,del(4)(q35.1q35.2). ish del(4)(q35-qter)(WCP4+, 36P21+, dJ963K6-). Array-CGH analysis showed an interstitial deletion encompassing 5.75 Mb in the 4q35.1-q35.2 genomic region (chr4:184,717,878-190,469,337; hg19). This is the first report on a cytogenetically detectable familial interstitial chromosome 4 long arm deletion in which there are no discernible phenotypic effects. Both our findings and a review of the literature suggest that more detailed molecular analyses are needed in cases with distal chromosome 4 long arm deletions especially those with breakpoints in the 4q35 region to establish a more precise genotype-phenotype correlation. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 03/2015; DOI:10.1002/ajmg.a.37097 · 2.05 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The 4q deletion syndrome phenotype consists of growth failure and developmental delay, minor craniofacial dysmorphism, digital anomalies, and cardiac and skeletal defects. We have identified an inversion (inv(1)(q25.2q31.1)) and an interstitial deletion in a boy with developmental delay using array-comparative genomic hybridization. This de novo deletion is located at 4q31.21q31.22 (145,963,820- 147,044,764), its size is 0.9-1.1 Mb, and it contains 7 genes (ABCE1, OTUD4, SMAD1, MMAA, C4orf51, ZNF827, and ANAPC10) as well as 5 retrotransposon-derived pseudogenes. Bioinformatic analysis revealed that while small copy number variations seem to have no impact on the phenotype, larger deletions or duplications in the deleted region are associated with developmental delay. Additionally, we found a higher coverage in transposable element sequences in the 4q31.21q31.22 region compared to that of the expected repeat density when regarding any random genome region. Transposable elements might have contributed to the reshaping of the genome architecture and, most importantly, we identified 3 L1PA family members in the breakpoint regions, suggesting their possible contribution in the mechanism underlying the appearance of this deletion. In conclusion, this is one of the smallest deletions reported associated with developmental delay, and we discuss the possible role of genomic features having an impact on the phenotype. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.Cytogenetic and Genome Research 04/2014; 142(4). DOI:10.1159/000361001 · 1.91 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: We report on a newborn male patient with a terminal deletion in the long arm of the chromosome 4 with a congenital heart defect unreported before in association with this syndrome. The patient had multiple congenital anomalies including a pointed duplicated fingernail, low set posteriorly rotated ears, large anterior fontanel, micrognathia, glabellar capillary vascular malformation, and Interrupted Aortic Arch type C. The patient died due to multiple congenital malformations; a peripheral chromosome analysis showed 46, XY, del(4)(q31.3) de novo. The only reported case with the same deletion was a male newborn that exhibited the pattern of minor anomalies of deletion 4q31 syndrome. The parents were cytogenetically normal. We compare clinical signs to other cases with a deletion in long arm of chromosome 4.12/2012; 2012:321569. DOI:10.1155/2012/321569