Nijmegen Breakage syndrome
Nijmegen Breakage syndrome is a rare, autosomal recessive disorder characterized by severe, combined immunodeficiency, recurrent sinopulmonary infections, chromosomal instability, radiosensitivity, predisposition to malignancy, a "bird-like" facial appearance, progressive microcephaly, short stature, and mental retardation. The syndrome is caused by mutations in the NBS1 gene, which encodes a DNA-repair protein, named nibrin. The authors summarize current knowledge on molecular genetics, diagnostic characteristics and therapeutic options of this inborn error of innate immunity.
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