Sharp, A.J. et al. Characterization of a recurrent 15q24 microdeletion syndrome. Hum. Mol. Genet. 16, 567-572

University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Campania, Italy
Human Molecular Genetics (Impact Factor: 6.39). 03/2007; 16(5):567-72. DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddm016
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We describe multiple individuals with mental retardation and overlapping de novo submicroscopic deletions of 15q24 (1.7-3.9 Mb in size). High-resolution analysis showed that in three patients both proximal and distal breakpoints co-localized to highly identical segmental duplications (>51 kb in length, > 94% identity), suggesting non-allelic homologous recombination as the likely mechanism of origin. Sequencing studies in a fourth individual provided base pair resolution and showed that both breakpoints in this case were located in unique sequence. Despite the differences in the size and location of the deletions, all four individuals share several major features (growth retardation, microcephaly, digital abnormalities, hypospadias and loose connective tissue) and resemble one another facially (high anterior hair line, broad medial eyebrows, hypertelorism, downslanted palpebral fissures, broad nasal base, long smooth philtrum and full lower lip), indicating that this represents a novel syndrome caused by haploinsufficiency of one or more dosage-sensitive genes in the minimal deletion region. Our results define microdeletion of 15q24 as a novel recurrent genomic disorder.

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    • "15q24, 16p11.2, and 17q21.31 (Koolen et al. 2006; Redon et al. 2006; Sharp et al. 2006; Shaw-Smith et al. 2006; Ballif et al. 2007; Shaffer et al. 2007; Sharp et al. 2007, 2008). Refinement of the critical region of a known syndrome by the identification of atypical deletion (Cooper et al. 2011) may facilitate the detection of a dosage-sensitive gene(s) related to ID (Vissers et al. 2010); however, there are many CNVs for which the clinical significance may still remain unknown (Rodriguez-Revenga et al. 2007). "
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    • "Patient six had an interstitial deletion of 15q24.1q24.2. This is a known pathogenic abnormality as the 15q24 microdeletion syndrome was first described by Sharp et al. in 2007.[23] Phenotypic features include mild to moderate developmental delay, characteristic facial features, growth retardation, hypotonia, joint laxity, digital abnormalities and genital abnormalities. "
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    • "Recently, others recurrent microdeletion syndromes (15q13.3 and 15q24), all mapping to large blocks of segmental duplications, were reported in other regions of chromosome 15 [16], [6]. The most important features among the individuals with microdeletion 15q13.3 were mild to moderate mental retardation and epilepsy and/or abnormal EEG findings, but a number of phenotypically normal parents were also reported [6], [17]. "
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