Bilateral frontoparietal polymicrogyria: Clinical and radiological features in 10 families with linkage to chromosome 16

Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Boston, MA
Annals of Neurology (Impact Factor: 9.98). 05/2003; 53(5):596 - 606. DOI: 10.1002/ana.10520
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Polymicrogyria is a common malformation of cortical development characterized by an excessive number of small gyri and abnormal cortical lamination. Multiple syndromes of region-specific bilateral symmetric polymicrogyria have been reported. We previously have described two families with bilateral frontoparietal polymicrogyria (BFPP), an autosomal recessive syndrome that we mapped to a locus on chromosome 16q12-21. Here, we extend our observations to include 19 patients from 10 kindreds, all linked to the chromosome 16q locus, allowing us to define the clinical and radiological features of BFPP in detail. The syndrome is characterized by global developmental delay of at least moderate severity, seizures, dysconjugate gaze, and bilateral pyramidal and cerebellar signs. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated symmetric polymicrogyria affecting the frontoparietal regions most severely, as well as ventriculomegaly, bilateral white matter signal changes, and small brainstem and cerebellar structures. We have refined our genetic mapping and describe two apparent founder haplotypes, one of which is present in two families with BFPP and associated microcephaly. Because 11 of our patients initially were classified as having other malformations, the syndrome of BFPP appears to be more common than previously recognized and may be frequently misdiagnosed. Ann Neurol 2003

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    • "The molecular basis of polymicrogyria is beginning to be elucidated with the identification of a gene GPR56 and its mechanism responsible for bilateral fronto-parietal polymicrogyria.[4] Chromosome 16q12-21 has also been linked to bilateral fronto-parietal polymicrogyria.[56] "
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    • "Polymicrogyria (PMG) is a malformation of cortical development in which the process of normal cortical development is interrupted during the late stages of neuronal migration; the result is the formation of multiple small gyri and abnormal cortical lamination (Barkovich 2010). Patterns of cortical involvement have been classified and described according to the distribution of the PMG including bilateral frontal (Guerrini et al. 2000), bilateral frontoparietal (Piao et al. 2002; Chang et al. 2003), bilateral perisylvian (Kuzniecky et al. 1993), bilateral parieto-occipital (Guerrini et al. 1997), generalized PMG (Chang et al. 2004), and also unilateral PMG (Chang et al. 2006). A recent study determined the relative frequencies of different PMG patterns with 328 patients and defined the spectrum of their imaging features (Leventer et al. 2010). "
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