Distal 22q11.2 microduplication encompassing the BCR gene
ABSTRACT Chromosome 22 band q11.2 has been recognized to be highly susceptible to subtle microdeletions and microduplications, which have been attributed to the presence of several large segmental duplications; also known as low copy repeats (LCRs). These LCRs function as mediators of non-allelic homologous recombination (NAHR), which results in these chromosomal rearrangements as a result of unequal crossover. The four centromeric LCRs at proximal 22q11.2 have been previously implicated in recurrent chromosomal rearrangements including the DiGeorge/Velocardiofacial syndrome (DG/VCFs) microdeletion and its reciprocal microduplication. Recently, we and others have demonstrated that the four telomeric LCRs at distal 22q11.2 are causally implicated in a newly recognized recurrent distal 22q11.2 microdeletion syndrome in the region immediately telomeric to the DG/VCFs typically deleted region. Here we report on the clinical, cytogenetic, and array CGH studies of a 4.5-year-old girl with history of failure to thrive, developmental delay (DD), and relative macrocephaly. She carries a paternally inherited approximately 2.1 Mb microduplication at distal 22q11.2, which spans approximately 34 annotated genes, and is flanked by two of the four telomeric 22q11.2 LCRs. We conclude that the four telomeric LCRs at distal 22q11.2 can mediate both deletions and duplications in this genomic region. Both deletions and duplication of this region present with subtle clinical features including mild to moderate mental retardation, DD, and mild dysmorphic features.
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ABSTRACT: The 22q11 chromosomal region contains low copy repeats (LCRs) sequences that mediate non-allelic homologous recombination, which predisposes to copy number variations (CNVs) at this locus. Hemizygous deletions of the proximal 22q11.2 region result in the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2 DS). In addition, 22q11.2 duplications involving the distal LCR22s have been reported. This article describes a patient presenting a 2.5-Mb de novo deletion at proximal 22q11.21 region (between LCRs A-D), combined with a 1.3-Mb maternally inherited duplication at distal 22q11.23 region (between LCRs F-H). The presence of concomitant chromosomal imbalances found in this patient has not been reported previously. Clinical and molecular data were compared with literature, in order to contribute to genotype-phenotype correlation. These findings exemplify the complexity and genetic heterogeneity observed in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and highlights the difficulty to make genetic counseling and predict phenotypic consequences in these situations. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 01/2015; 167(1). DOI:10.1002/ajmg.a.36809 · 2.05 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The 22q11.2 duplication syndrome has been recently characterized as a new entity with features overlapping the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Most 22q11.2 duplications represent reciprocal events of the typical 3-Mb deletions extending between low copy repeat (LCR) 22-A and LCR22-D. It has been suggested that the clinical manifestations observed in patients with 22q11.2 microduplications may range from milder phenotypes to multiple severe defects, and this variability could be responsible for many undetected cases. Here, we report on a patient with a 1.2-Mb microduplication at 22q11.2 spanning LCR22-F and LCR22-H which harbor the SMARCB1 and SNRPD3 genes. The patient presented healed cleft lip, mild facial dysmorphism, cognitive deficit, and delayed language development associated with severe behavioral problems including learning difficulties and aggressive behavior.Molecular syndromology 09/2013; 4(6):292-6. DOI:10.1159/000354095
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ABSTRACT: Chromosome 22q11.2 microduplication syndrome is characterized by a variable and usually mild phenotype and by incomplete penetrance. Neurological features of the syndrome may entail intellectual or learning disability, motor delay, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. However, seizures or abnormal EEG are reported in a few cases. We describe a 6-year-old girl with microduplication of chromosome 22q11.2 and epilepsy with continuous spikes and waves during sleep (CSWS). Her behavioral disorder, characterized by hyperactivity, impulsiveness, attention deficit, and aggressiveness, became progressively evident a few months after epilepsy onset, suggesting a link with the interictal epileptic activity characterizing CSWS. We hypothesize that, at least in some cases, the neurodevelopmental deficit seen in the 22q11.2 microduplication syndrome could be the consequence of a disorder of cerebral electrogenesis, suggesting the need for an EEG recording in affected individuals. Moreover, an array-CGH analysis should be performed in all individuals with cryptogenic epilepsy and CSWS.Epilepsy & Behavior 11/2012; 25(4):567-572. DOI:10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.09.035 · 2.06 Impact Factor