Noonan syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder with an estimated incidence of 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 2,500 live births. It is characterized by postnatal-onset short stature, characteristic facial changes, webbed neck, pectus carinatum, or excavatum, congenital heart defects, and bleeding abnormalities. Gain-of-function mutations in the PTPN11, KRAS, SOS1, and RAF1 genes that are components of the RAS/MEPK signaling pathway are identified in about 70-85% of individuals with Noonan syndrome. We report here a case of duplication of chromosome region 12q24.11q24.23 identified by array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) that includes the PTPN11 gene in a 3-year-old girl with apparent Noonan syndrome. The patient presented with postnatal-onset failure-to-thrive, developmental delay, microcephaly, velopalatal incompetence, pectus excavatum, coarctation of aorta, atrial and ventricular septal defects, decreased muscle tone, and minor facial anomalies consistent with Noonan syndrome. At 3 years of age her speech, gross and fine motor development were at the level of a 12-18 month old child. This degree of developmental delay was atypical for an individual with Noonan syndrome, raising concerns for a chromosomal abnormality. Array-CGH showed an interstitial duplication of 10 Mb including the PTPN11 gene. Sequencing of PTPN11, KRAS, SOS1 and the coding region of RAF1 did not identify mutations. The increased gene dosage of the PTPN11 gene in the form of duplication is expected to have the same consequence as gain-of-function mutations seen in Noonan syndrome. We propose that at least some of the 15-30% of individuals with Noonan syndrome who do not have a mutation by sequencing may have a gain in copy number of PTPN11 and recommend that comprehensive testing for Noonan syndrome should include analysis for copy number changes of PTPN11.
"The absence of typical JBS features in our patients may exclude an impact of genes in the deleted region on these features, but indicate a possible proximal localization of critical genes for JBS phenotype suggestive of a reduced penetrance. The overlap of phenotypic features between JBS and Noonan syndrome was not characteristically discernable in our patient other than a triangular facial appearance.15 The current study suggests that the detailed analysis is necessary in cases with milder phenotype. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Terminal 11q deletion, known as Jacobsen syndrome (JBS), is a rare genetic disorder associated with numerous dysmorphic features. We studied two cases with multiple congenital anomalies that were cytogenetically detected with deletions on 11q encompassing JBS region: 46,XX,der(11)del(11)(q24). Array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) analysis confirmed partial deletion of 11.8–11.9 Mb at 11q24.1q25 (case 1) and 13.9–14 Mb deletion at 11q23.3q25 together with 7.3–7.6 Mb duplication at 12q24.32q24.33 (case 2). Dysmorphism because of the partial duplication of 12q was not overtly decipherable over the Jacobsen phenotype except for a triangular facial profile. Aberrant chromosome 11 was inherited from phenotypically normal father, carrier of balanced translocation 46,XY,t(11;12)(q23.3; q24.32). In the present study, both cases had phenotypes that were milder than the ones described in literature despite having large deletion size. Most prominent features in classical JBS is thrombocytopenia, which was absent in both these cases. Therefore, detailed functional analysis of terminal 11q region is warranted to elucidate etiology of JBS and their clinical presentation.
"A) probe set 1, B) probe set 2. A.-M. Nyström et al. / European Journal of Medical Genetics 53 (2010) 117e121 120 genes. However, it cannot be excluded that rare patients harbour copy number changes as has been observed twice regarding PTPN11 duplications  . This possible genetic mechanism is especially important to consider regarding patients with atypical symptoms that do not correspond to the classical feature profile which might be due to gene dosage imbalances affecting additional genes. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The RAS-MAPK syndromes are a group of clinically and genetically related disorders caused by dysregulation of the RAS-MAPK pathway. A member of this group of disorders, Noonan syndrome (NS), is associated with several different genes within the RAS-MAPK pathway. To date, mutations in PTPN11, SOS1, KRAS, RAF1 and SHOC2 are known to cause NS and a small group of patients harbour mutations in BRAF, MEK1 or NRAS. The majority of the mutations are predicted to cause an up-regulation of the pathway; hence they are gain-of-function mutations. Despite recent advances in gene identification in NS, the genetic aetiology is still unknown in about 1/4 of patients. To investigate the contribution of gene dosage imbalances of RAS-MAPK-related genes to the pathogenesis of NS, a multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) assay was developed. Two probe sets were designed for seven RAS-MAPK-syndrome-related candidate genes: PTPN11, SOS1, RAF1, KRAS, BRAF, MEK1 and MEK2. The probe sets were validated in 15 healthy control individuals and in glioma tumour cell lines. Subsequently, 44 NS patients negative for mutations in known NS-associated genes were screened using the two probe sets. The MLPA results for the patients revealed no gene dosage imbalances. In conclusion, the present results exclude copy number variation of PTPN11, SOS1, RAF1, KRAS, BRAF, MEK1 and MEK2 as a common pathogenic mechanism of NS. The validated and optimised RAS-MAPK probe sets presented here enable rapid high throughput screening of further patients with RAS-MAPK syndromes.
European journal of medical genetics 03/2010; 53(3):117-21. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmg.2010.03.001 · 1.47 Impact Factor
"The PTPN11 mutations observed in NS with JMML produce SHP2 with intermediate activity, which would explain the relatively benign clinical course of the leukemia compared to that observed in isolated JMML. It should be mentioned that de novo duplications of the chromosomal region encompassing PTPN11 (12q24) have been documented in 2 subjects with clinical features suggestive of NS without mutations in any known NS genes [Shchelochkov et al., 2008; Graham et al., 2009]. While these consistent observations suggest that increased dosage of SHP2 may have dysregulating effects on intracellular signaling and consequences on developmental processes, the screening of a relatively large cohort of NS cases negative for mutations in previously identified genes indicate that PTPN11 gene duplication represents an uncommon cause of NS. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Noonan syndrome (NS) is a relatively common, clinically variable and genetically heterogeneous developmental disorder characterized by postnatally reduced growth, distinctive facial dysmorphism, cardiac defects and variable cognitive deficits. Other associated features include ectodermal and skeletal defects, cryptorchidism, lymphatic dysplasias, bleeding tendency, and, rarely, predisposition to hematologic malignancies during childhood. NS is caused by mutations in the PTPN11, SOS1, KRAS, RAF1, BRAF and MEK1 (MAP2K1) genes, accounting for approximately 70% of affected individuals. SHP2 (encoded by PTPN11), SOS1, BRAF, RAF1 and MEK1 positively contribute to RAS-MAPK signaling, and possess complex autoinhibitory mechanisms that are impaired by mutations. Similarly, reduced GTPase activity or increased guanine nucleotide release underlie the aberrant signal flow through the MAPK cascade promoted by most KRAS mutations. More recently, a single missense mutation in SHOC2, which encodes a cytoplasmic scaffold positively controlling RAF1 activation, has been discovered to cause a closely related phenotype previously termed Noonan-like syndrome with loose anagen hair. This mutation promotes aberrantly acquired N-myristoylation of the protein, resulting in its constitutive targeting to the plasma membrane and dysregulated function. PTPN11, BRAF and RAF1 mutations also account for approximately 95% of LEOPARD syndrome, a condition which resembles NS phenotypically but is characterized by multiple lentigines dispersed throughout the body, café-au-lait spots, and a higher prevalence of electrocardiographic conduction abnormalities, obstructive cardiomyopathy and sensorineural hearing deficits. These recent discoveries demonstrate that the substantial phenotypic variation characterizing NS and related conditions can be ascribed, in part, to the gene mutated and even the specific molecular lesion involved.
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