Cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome: Does genotype predict phenotype?

Department of Genetics at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C Seminars in Medical Genetics (Impact Factor: 3.91). 05/2011; 157(2):129-35. DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.c.30295
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Cardio-facio-cutaneous (CFC) syndrome is a sporadic multiple congenital anomalies/mental retardation condition principally caused by mutations in BRAF, MEK1, and MEK2. Mutations in KRAS and SHOC2 lead to a phenotype with overlapping features. In approximately 10–30% of individuals with a clinical diagnosis of CFC, a mutation in one of these causative genes is not found. Cardinal features of CFC include congenital heart defects, a characteristic facial appearance, and ectodermal abnormalities. Additional features include failure to thrive with severe feeding problems, moderate to severe intellectual disability and short stature with relative macrocephaly. First described in 1986, more than 100 affected individuals are reported. Following the discovery of the causative genes, more information has emerged on the breadth of clinical features. Little, however, has been published on genotype–phenotype correlations. This clinical study of 186 children and young adults with mutation-proven CFC syndrome is the largest reported to date. BRAF mutations are documented in 140 individuals (approximately 75%), while 46 (approximately 25%) have a mutation in MEK 1 or MEK 2. The age range is 6 months to 32 years, the oldest individual being a female from the original report [Reynolds et al. (1986); Am J Med Genet 25:413–427]. While some clinical data on 136 are in the literature, 50 are not previously published. We provide new details of the breadth of phenotype and discuss the frequency of particular features in each genotypic group. Pulmonary stenosis is the only anomaly that demonstrates a statistically significant genotype–phenotype correlation, being more common in individuals with a BRAF mutation.

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    • "Almost all cases are due to activating mutations in HRAS. Prenatal findings of NS and CS have been extensively studied, whereas little data is available on fetal CFCS [Witters et al., 2008; Allanson et al., 2011; Myers et al., 2014]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Our study was designed to analyze prenatal manifestations in patients affected with cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome (CFCS), in order to define indications of DNA testing in utero. Prenatal features were extracted from a national database and additional data were collected from 16 families contacted through the French association of CFC-Costello syndrome. We collected results of ultrasound scan (USS) biometrics, presence of congenital birth defects, and polyhydramnios. From the database, increased nuchal translucency was present in 13% of pregnancies, polyhydramnios in 52%, macrosomia and/or macrocephaly in 16%. Of the 16 pregnancies, 81% were complicated by abnormal USS findings. Polyhydramnios was reported in 67%. Head circumference, biparietal diameter, and abdominal circumference were above the 90th centile in 72%, 83% and, 81% of fetuses, respectively. Contrasting with macrosomia, femur length was below the 10th centile in 38%. Urinary tract abnormalities were found in 47% of fetuses. Most CFCS fetuses showed a combination of macrocephaly, macrosomia, and polyhydramnios, contrasting with relatively short femora. This growth pattern is also seen in Costello syndrome. We suggest that screening for CFCS and Costello gene mutations could be proposed in pregnancies showing this unusual pattern of growth parameters. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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    • "In subjects with cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome (CFCS, MIM 115150), measurements at birth tend to be normal, but postnatally failure to thrive (78%) commonly occurs due to severe feeding difficulties. Two thirds of individuals exhibit stature below the 3rd centile [Allanson et al., 2011], and W is also generally below the normal growth curve [Roberts et al., 2006]. In contrast, prenatal overgrowth with relatively high birth W (>50th centile in 89%) [Hennekam, 2003] is typical of CS, likely caused by fetal hydrops [Lin et al., 2009]. "
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    • "It may be by chance that MEK2 mutations predominate among the rare familial cases of CFC syndrome. There is no strict genotype–phenotype correlation when clinical features of CFC patients mutated in the different genes are compared [Allanson et al., 2011]. All mutations reported in familial CFC syndrome represent rare or even private mutations and are associated with only minor neurological and intellectual impairment in affected adults. "
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) syndrome is a rare genetic disorder belonging to the group of RASopathies. It is typically characterized by congenital heart defects, short stature, dysmorphic craniofacial features, intellectual disability, failure to thrive, and ectodermal abnormalities such as hyperkeratosis and sparse, brittle, curly hair. CFC syndrome is caused by dominant mutations in one of the four genes BRAF, MEK1, MEK2, and KRAS. Only three familial cases of CFC syndrome have been reported to date, whereas the vast majorities are sporadic cases due to de novo mutations. We report on a fourth familial case with transmission of CFC syndrome from father to son due to a novel heterozygous sequence change c.376A>G (p.N126D) in exon 3 of MEK2 gene. This observation further documents the possibility of vertical transmission of CFC syndrome, which appears to be associated with rare mutations and relatively mild intellectual disability in affected individual. The hypomorphic effect of specific mutations particularly regarding neurocognitive issues may be related to the variable fertility of affected individuals. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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