Donnai-Barrow Syndrome (DBS/FOAR) in a Child with a homozygous LRP2 mutation due to complete chromosome 2 paternal isodisomy

Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A (Impact Factor: 2.16). 07/2008; 146A(14):1842-7. DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.a.32381
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Donnai-Barrow syndrome [Faciooculoacousticorenal (FOAR) syndrome; DBS/FOAR] is a rare autosomal recessive disorder resulting from mutations in the LRP2 gene located on chromosome 2q31.1. We report a unique DBS/FOAR patient homozygous for a 4-bp LRP2 deletion secondary to paternal uniparental isodisomy for chromosome 2. The propositus inherited the mutation from his heterozygous carrier father, whereas the mother carried only wild-type LRP2 alleles. This is the first case of DBS/FOAR resulting from uniparental disomy (UPD) and the fourth published case of any paternal UPD 2 ascertained through unmasking of an autosomal recessive disorder. The absence of clinical symptoms above and beyond the classical phenotype in this and the other disorders suggests that paternal chromosome 2 is unlikely to contain imprinted genes notably affecting either growth or development. This report highlights the importance of parental genotyping in order to give accurate genetic counseling for autosomal recessive disorders.

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