Interstitial deletions involving the 15q21.1 band are very rare. Only 4 of these cases have been studied using molecular cytogenetic techniques in order to confirm the deletion of the whole FBN1 gene. The presence of clinical features of the Marfan syndrome (MFS) spectrum associated with mental retardation has been described in only 2/4 patients. Here we report on a 16-year-old female referred for suspicion of MFS (positive thumb and wrist sign, scoliosis, joint hyperlaxity, high-arched palate with dental crowding, dysmorphism, mitral insufficiency with dystrophic valve, striae). She had therefore 3 minor criteria according to the Ghent nosology. She also had speech disabilities but could follow normal school training. Direct sequencing of the FBN1, TGFBR1 and TGFBR2 genes was negative. MLPA revealed a genomic deletion of the whole FBN1 gene, confirmed by loss of heterozygosity of maternal alleles for several microsatellite markers surrounding the FBN1 gene. The deletion was confirmed by FISH using a FBN1 probe and was not found in the parents. Array-CGH permitted to define a 2.97 Mb deletion, which was the smallest 15q microdeletion including FBN1. Contrary to the other published observations, our proband does not exhibit mental retardation, but neuropsychological evaluations revealed an attention deficit as well as a deficit in information-processing speed. Haploinsufficiency of FBN1 is likely to contribute to the presence of MFS features. However, attenuated features could be explained because disturbances of TGF-beta signalling associated with FBN1 mutations do not exert full phenotypic effect through simple haploinsufficiency. Phenotypic variability in other patients with interstitial deletions including 15q21.1 band may reflect differences in deletion size and/or cys/trans modifying factors.
"The patients described by Adès et al.  and Hutchinson et al.  had clinical features of the MFS spectrum and mental retardation, but the size of their deletions was not determined. The patient described by Faivre et al.  had a 2.97 Mb deletion and some features of MFS but no mental retardation. Hilhorst-Hofstee et al.  described 10 cases (five of the same family) with a complete FBN1 gene deletion, screened by Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA) analysis of 300 patients presenting from mild MFS features to the classical MFS or an MFS-related phenotype. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The majority of Marfan syndrome (MFS) cases is caused by mutations in the fibrillin-1 gene (FBN1), mapped to chromosome 15q21.1. Only few reports on deletions including the whole FBN1 gene, detected by molecular cytogenetic techniques, were found in literature.
We report here on a female patient with clinical symptoms of the MFS spectrum plus craniostenosis, hypothyroidism and intellectual deficiency who presents a 1.9 Mb deletion, including the FBN1 gene and a complex rearrangement with eight breakpoints involving chromosomes 6, 12 and 15.
This is the first report of MFS with a complex chromosome rearrangement involving a deletion of FBN1 and contiguous genes. In addition to the typical clinical findings of the Marfan syndrome due to FBN1 gene haploinsufficiency, the patient presents features which may be due to the other gene deletions and possibly to the complex chromosome rearrangement.
"Psychomotor retardation and microcephaly was also described in two of those patients for whom the sizes and breakpoints of their 15 q deletions were unavailable [21,22]. The 16-year-old female described by Faivre et al.  harboured a 15q21.1q21.2 micro deletion of 2.97 Mb that encompassed the entire FBN1 and 12 additional genes, including the same genes as the ones involved in patient 2 and 3 of our cohort, although the breakpoints, size and position of the deletions differed between the two studies. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Connective tissue diseases characterized by aortic aneurysm, such as Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome and Ehlers Danlos syndrome type IV are heterogeneous and despite overlapping phenotypes, the natural history, clinical manifestations and interventional course for each diagnosis can be quite unique. The majority of mutations involved in the etiology of these disorders are missense and nonsense mutations. However, large deletions and duplications undetected by sequencing may be implicated in their pathogenesis, and may explain the apparent lack of genotype-phenotype correlation in a subset of patients. The objective of this study was to search for large pathogenic deletions and/or duplications in the FBN1, TGFβR1, and TGFβR2 genes using multiplex-ligation dependent probe amplification (MLPA) in patients with aortopathy, in whom no mutations in the FBN1, TGFβR1, and TGFβR2 genes were identified by sequencing.
The study included 14 patients from 11 unrelated families with aortic aneurysm. Of those, six patients (including 3 first-degree relatives), fulfilled the revised Ghent criteria for Marfan syndrome, and eight had predominantly aortic aneurysm/dilatation with variable skeletal and craniofacial involvement. MLPA for FBN1, TGFβR1, and TGFβR2 was carried out in all patients. A 385 K chromosome 15 specific array was used in two patients with a deletion of the entire FBN1 in order to define its size and boundaries.
We identified two novel large deletions in the FBN1 gene in four patients of two unrelated families who met clinical diagnostic criteria for Marfan syndrome. One patient was found to have a FBN1 deletion encompassing exons 1-5. The other three patients had a 542 Kb deletion spanning the whole FBN1 gene and five additional genes (SLC24A5, MYEF2, CTXN2, SLC12A1, DUT) in the chromosome 15.
Our findings expand the number of large FBN1 deletions, and emphasize the importance of screening for large genomic deletions in connective tissue disorders featuring aortopathies, especially for those with classic Marfan phenotype.
BMC Medical Genetics 09/2011; 12(1):119. DOI:10.1186/1471-2350-12-119 · 2.08 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The most common mutations found in FBN1 are missense mutations (56%), mainly substituting or creating a cysteine in a cbEGF domain. Other mutations are frameshift, splice and nonsense mutations. There are only a few reports of patients with marfanoid features and a molecularly proven complete deletion of a FBN1 allele. We describe the clinical features of 10 patients with a complete FBN1 gene deletion. Seven patients fulfilled the Ghent criteria for Marfan syndrome (MFS). The other three patients were examined at a young age and did not (yet) present the full clinical picture of MFS yet. Ectopia lentis was present in at least two patients. Aortic root dilatation was present in 6 of the 10 patients. In three patients, the aortic root diameter was on the 95th percentile and in one patient, the diameter of the aortic root was normal, the cross-section, however, had a cloverleaf appearance. Two patients underwent aortic root surgery at a relatively young age (27 and 34 years). Mitral valve prolapse was present in 4 of the 10 patients, and billowing of the mitral valve in 1. All patients had facial and skeletal features of MFS. Two patients with a large deletion extending beyond the FBN1 gene had an extended phenotype. We conclude that complete loss of one FBN1 allele does not predict a mild phenotype, and these findings support the hypothesis that true haploinsufficiency can lead to the classical phenotype of Marfan syndrome.
European journal of human genetics: EJHG 11/2010; 19(3):247-52. DOI:10.1038/ejhg.2010.174 · 4.35 Impact Factor
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