De novo 15q21.1q21.2 deletion identified through FBN1 MLPA and refined by 244K array-CGH in a female teenager with incomplete Marfan syndrome.
ABSTRACT 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.
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ABSTRACT: With a worldwide prevalence of about 1 in 3500-5000 individuals, Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is the most common form of hereditary retinal degeneration. It is an extremely heterogeneous group of genetically determined retinal diseases leading to progressive loss of vision due to impairment of rod and cone photoreceptors. RP can be inherited as an autosomal-recessive, autosomal-dominant, or X-linked trait. Non-Mendelian inheritance patterns such as digenic, maternal (mitochondrial) or compound heterozygosity have also been reported. To date, more than 65 genes have been implicated in syndromic and non-syndromic forms of RP, which account for only about 60% of all RP cases. Due to this high heterogeneity and diversity of inheritance patterns, the molecular diagnosis of syndromic and non-syndromic RP is very challenging, and the heritability of 40% of total RP cases worldwide remains unknown. However new sequencing methodologies, boosted by the human genome project, have contributed to exponential plummeting in sequencing costs, thereby making it feasible to include molecular testing for RP patients in routine clinical practice within the coming years. Here, we summarize the most widely used state-of-the-art technologies currently applied for the molecular diagnosis of RP, and address their strengths and weaknesses for the molecular diagnosis of such a complex genetic disease.Vision research 09/2012; · 2.29 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The association of marfanoid habitus (MH) and intellectual disability (ID) has been reported in the literature, with overlapping presentations and genetic heterogeneity. A hundred patients (71 males and 29 females) with a MH and ID were recruited. Custom-designed 244K array-CGH (Agilent®; Agilent Technologies Inc., Santa Clara, CA) and MED12, ZDHHC9, UPF3B, FBN1, TGFBR1 and TGFBR2 sequencing analyses were performed. Eighty patients could be classified as isolated MH and ID: 12 chromosomal imbalances, 1 FBN1 mutation and 1 possibly pathogenic MED12 mutation were found (17%). Twenty patients could be classified as ID with other extra-skeletal features of the Marfan syndrome (MFS) spectrum: 4 pathogenic FBN1 mutations and 4 chromosomal imbalances were found (2 patients with both FBN1 mutation and chromosomal rearrangement) (29%). These results suggest either that there are more loci with genes yet to be discovered or that MH can also be a relatively non-specific feature of patients with ID. The search for aortic complications is mandatory even if MH is associated with ID since FBN1 mutations or rearrangements were found in some patients. The excess of males is in favour of the involvement of other X-linked genes. Although it was impossible to make a diagnosis in 80% of patients, these results will improve genetic counselling in families.Clinical Genetics 03/2013; · 4.25 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: We report about 52 pediatric patients of 40 different families with confirmed Marfan syndrome (MFS) in 49 patients and Loeys Dietz syndrome (LDS) in 3 patients. We found 39 different mutations, 15 of them being novel. Phenotype-genotype correlation in the 49 MFS patients showed, that the majority of patients carrying mutations in exons 1-21 had ectopic lens (80%). Patients having mutations in exons 23-32 had a higher probability of aortic root dilation, in 50% even above a z-score of 3. We found 3 children with neonatal MFS form, 2 of them with novel mutations. Of the 3 LDS patients, only 1 presented with the typical phenotype of LDS type 1.Clinical Genetics 11/2013; · 4.25 Impact Factor