We report here on a RAB23 mutation (c.86dupA) present in the homozygote state in four relatives of Comorian origin with Carpenter syndrome. All children presented with acrocephaly and polysyndactyly. However, intrafamilial variability was observed with variable severity of craniosynostosis ranging from cloverleaf skull to predominant involvement of the metopic ridge. All children also presented with a combination of brachydactyly with agenesis of the middle phalanges, syndactyly, broad thumbs, and postaxial polydactyly (2/4) in the hands, and preaxial polydactyly (3) and syndactyly (4) in the toes. Mental development was normal in all four children but the eldest one presented with impaired motor development as a result of orthopedic complications. Brain imaging showed hydrocephalus in 2/4 and additional features included genu valgum (2/4), abnormal genitalia (3/4), corneal anomaly (2/4), umbilical hernia (1/4), severe cyphoscoliosis (1), patent ductus arteriosus (1/4), and accessory spleen (1). In contrast to previous reports, growth was below average except for one patient and the eldest one became moderately overweight with time. We conclude from the report of this large unique family with four affected children that Carpenter syndrome is a genetically homogenous but a clinically variable condition.
"[Color figure can be viewed in the online issue, which is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1552-4833.] with a RAB23 mutation, but has not been reported prenatally [Jenkins et al., 2007, 2011; Alessandri et al., 2010]. Heart defects are part of numerous malformation syndromes and therefore are not specific of a particular diagnosis. "
"These mutations are associated with a similar phenotypic spectrum to nonsense mutations, thereby identifying key residues that are essential for protein function. The cases presented here, together with those previously published by Jenkins et al.  and Alessandri et al.  provide an expanded series in which to examine the phenotypic spectrum of Carpenter syndrome. The only universal features are craniosynostosis and soft-tissue syndactly, usually accompanied by insertional/preaxial "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Carpenter syndrome, a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a combination of craniosynostosis, polysyndactyly, obesity, and other congenital malformations, is caused by mutations in RAB23, encoding a member of the Rab-family of small GTPases. In 15 out of 16 families previously reported, the disease was caused by homozygosity for truncating mutations, and currently only a single missense mutation has been identified in a compound heterozygote. Here, we describe a further 8 independent families comprising 10 affected individuals with Carpenter syndrome, who were positive for mutations in RAB23. We report the first homozygous missense mutation and in-frame deletion, highlighting key residues for RAB23 function, as well as the first splice-site mutation. Multi-suture craniosynostosis and polysyndactyly have been present in all patients described to date, and abnormal external genitalia have been universal in boys. High birth weight was not evident in the current group of patients, but further evidence for laterality defects is reported. No genotype-phenotype correlations are apparent. We provide experimental evidence that transcripts encoding truncating mutations are subject to nonsense-mediated decay, and that this plays an important role in the pathogenesis of many RAB23 mutations. These observations refine the phenotypic spectrum of Carpenter syndrome and offer new insights into molecular pathogenesis.
Human Mutation 04/2011; 32(4):E2069-78. DOI:10.1002/humu.21457 · 5.14 Impact Factor
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