[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: Recent developments in molecular cytogenetics allow the detection of genomic rearrangements at an unprecedented level leading to discoveries of previously unknown chromosomal imbalances (zygotic and post-zygotic/mosaic). These can be accompanied by a different kind of pathological genome variations, i.e. chromosome instability (CIN) manifested as structural chromosomal rearrangements and low-level mosaic aneuploidy. Fortunately, combining whole-genome and single-cell molecular cytogenetic techniques with bioinformatics offers an opportunity to link genomic changes to specific molecular or cellular pathology. High-resolution chromosomal SNP microarray analysis was performed to study the genome of a 15-month-aged boy presented with developmental delay, congenital malformations, feeding problems, deafness, epileptiform activity, and eye pathology. In addition, somatic chromosomal mutations (CIN) were analyzed by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Interstitial 5p13.3p13.2 duplication was revealed in the index patient. Moreover, CIN manifested almost exclusively as chromosome losses and gains (aneuploidy) was detected. Using bioinformatic analysis of SNP array data and FISH results, CIN association with the genomic imbalance resulted from the duplication was proposed. The duplication was demonstrated to encompass genes implicated in cell cycle, programmed cell death, chromosome segregation and genome stability maintenance pathways as shown by an interactomic analysis. Genotype-phenotype correlations were observed, as well. To the best our knowledge, identical duplications have not been reported in the available literature. Apart from genotype-phenotype correlations, it was possible to propose a link between the duplication and CIN (aneuploidy). This case study demonstrates that combining SNP array genomic analysis, bioinformatics and molecular cytogenetic evaluation of somatic genome variations is able to provide a view on cellular and molecular pathology in a personalized manner. Therefore, one can speculate that similar approaches targeting both interindividual and intercellular genomic variations could be useful for a better understanding of disease mechanisms and disease-related biological processes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: We examined 30 patients with a presumptive diagnosis of Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes. In four patients, 15q11.2-q13 deletions were identified by cytogenetic techniques. The FISH method was used to study eight patients, in five of them microdeletions were also confirmed. High-resolution comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) and comparative genomic hybridization using DNA microarrays (array CGH) allowed to find 15q11.2-q13 deletions in five patients. These cases demonstrate the need for high-resolution post-genomic technologies (array CGH - molecular karyotyping) in the combination with classical cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic techniques.
No preview · Article · Jan 2014 · Zhurnal nevrologii i psikhiatrii imeni S.S. Korsakova / Ministerstvo zdravookhraneniia i meditsinskoi promyshlennosti Rossiiskoi Federatsii, Vserossiiskoe obshchestvo nevrologov [i] Vserossiiskoe obshchestvo psikhiatrov
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disease affecting predominantly females caused by MECP2 mutations. Although RTT is classically considered a monogenic disease, a stable proportion of patients, who do not exhibit MECP2 sequence variations, does exist. Here, we have attempted at uncovering genetic causes underlying the disorder in mutation-negative cases by whole genome analysis using array comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) and a bioinformatic approach.
Using BAC and oligonucleotide array CGH, 39 patients from RTT Russian cohort (in total, 354 RTT patients), who did not bear intragenic MECP2 mutations, were studied. Among the individuals studied, 12 patients were those with classic RTT and 27 were those with atypical RTT. We have detected five 99.4 kb deletions in chromosome Xq28 affecting MECP2 associated with mild manifestations of classic RTT and five deletions encompassing MECP2 spanning 502.428 kb (three cases), 539.545 kb (one case) and 877.444 kb (one case) associated with mild atypical RTT. A case has demonstrated somatic mosaicism. Regardless of RTT type and deletion size, all the cases exhibited mild phenotypes.
Our data indicate for the first time that no fewer than 25% of RTT cases without detectable MECP2 mutations are caused by Xq28 microdeletions. Furthermore, Xq28 (MECP2) deletions are likely to cause mild subtypes of the disease, which can manifest as both classical and atypical RTT.
Full-text · Article · Nov 2013 · Molecular Cytogenetics
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: Molecular karyotyping using DNA microarrays (array CGH) was applied for identification of subchromosomal microdeletions in a cohort of 12 girls with clinical features of RETT syndrome, but negative for MECP2 gene mutations. Recurrent microdeletions of MECP2 gene in chromosome X (locus Xq28) were identified in 5 girls of 12 studied. Probably RTT girls with subchromosomic microdeletions in Xq28 could represent a special subtype of the disease, which appears as clinically milder than the classic form of disease. In one case, an atypical form of RTT was associated with genomic abnormalities affecting CDKL5 gene and region critical for microdeletion Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes (15q11.2). In addition, data are presented for the first time that genetic variation in regions 3p13, 3q27.1, and 1q21.1-1q21.2 could associate with RTT-like clinical manifestations. Without application of molecular karyotyping technology and bioinformatic method of assessing the pathogenic significance of genomic rearrangements these RTT-like girls negative for MECP2 gene mutations were considered as cases of idiopathic mental retardation associated with autism. It should be noted that absence of intragenic mutations in MECP2 gene is not sufficient criteria to reject the clinical diagnosis of RTT. To avoid errors in the genetic diagnosis of this genetically heterogeneous brain disease molecular cytogenetic studies using high resolution oligonucleotide array CGH (molecular karyotyping) are needed.
No preview · Article · Jan 2013 · Zhurnal nevrologii i psikhiatrii imeni S.S. Korsakova / Ministerstvo zdravookhraneniia i meditsinskoi promyshlennosti Rossiiskoi Federatsii, Vserossiiskoe obshchestvo nevrologov [i] Vserossiiskoe obshchestvo psikhiatrov
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: It is known that up to 50% spontaneous abortions (SA) in the first trimester of pregnancy are associated with chromosomal abnormalities. We studied mosaic forms of chromosomal abnormalities in 650 SA specimens using interphase mFISH and DNAprobes for chromosomes 1,9, 13/21, 14/22, 15, 16, 18, X, and Y. Numerical chromosomal abnormalities were discovered in 58.2% (378 cases). They contained combined chromosomal abnormalities (aneuploidy of several chromosomes or aneuploidy in combination with polyploidy in the same specimen) in 7.7% (29 cases) or 4.5% of the entire SA sample; autosomal trisomy, in 45% (18.2% in chromosome 16, 8.9% in chromosomes 14/22, 7.9% in chromosomes 13/21, 3.1% in chromosome 18, and 1.4% in chromosome 9). Chromosome X aneuploidy was found in 27% cases, among which 9.6% represented chromosome X monosomy. Polyploidy was observed in 22.9% cases. In 5.1% cases, we observed mosaic form of autosomal monosomy Among the SA cases with chromosomal abnormalities mosaicism was observed in 50.3% (approximately 25% of the entire SA sample). The results of the present study indicate that significant amount of chromosomal abnormalities in SA cells are associated with disturbances in mitotic chromosome separation, which represents the most common cause of intrauterine fetal death. It was also shown that original collection of DNA probes and the technique of interphase MFISH could be useful for detection of chromosomal mosaicism in prenatal cell specimens.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: State-of-the-art cytogenetic and molecular-cytogenetic methods for studying human chromosomes were used to analyze chromosomal anomalies and variants in mothers of children with autistic disorders and the results were compared with clinical-genealogical data. These investigations showed that these mothers, as compared with a control group, showed increases in the frequencies of chromosomal anomalies (mainly mosaic forms involving chromosome X) and chromosomal heteromorphisms. Analysis of correlations of genotypes and phenotypes revealed increases in the frequencies of cognitive impairments and spontaneous abortions in the mothers of children with autism with chromosomal anomalies, as well as increases in the frequencies of mental retardation, death in childhood, and impairments to reproductive function in the pedigrees of these women. There was a high incidence of developmental anomalies in the pedigrees of mothers with chromosomal variants. These results lead to the conclusion that cytogenetic and molecular-cytogenetic studies of mothers and children with autism should be regarded as obligatory in terms of detecting possible genetic causes of autism and for genetic counseling of families with autistic children.
No preview · Article · Sep 2010 · Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: It is known that up to 50% spontaneous abortions (SA) in the first trimester of pregnancy are associated with chromosomal
abnormalities. We studied mosaic forms of chromosomal abnormalities in 650 SA specimens using interphase MFISH and DNA probes
for chromosomes 1, 9, 13/21, 14/22, 15, 16, 18, X, and Y. Numerical chromosomal abnormalities were discovered in 58.2% (378
cases). They contained combined chromosomal abnormalities (aneuploidy of several chromosomes or aneuploidy in combination
with polyploidy in the same specimen) in 7.7% (29 cases) or 4.5% of the entire SA sample; autosomal trisomy, in 45% (18.2%
in chromosome 16, 8.9% in chromosomes 14/22, 7.9% in chromosomes 13/21, 3.1% in chromosome 18, and 1.4% in chromosome 9).
Chromosome X aneuploidy was found in 27% cases, among which 9.6% represented chromosome X monosomy. Polyploidy was observed
in 22.9% cases. In 5.1% cases, we observed mosaic form of autosomal monosomy. Among the SA cases with chromosomal abnormalities
mosaicism was observed in 50.3% (∼ 25% of the entire SA sample). The results of the present study indicate that significant
amount of chromosomal abnormalities in SA cells are associated with disturbances in mitotic chromosome separation, which represents
the most common cause of intrauterine fetal death. It was also shown that original collection of DNA probes and the technique
of interphase MFISH could be useful for detection of chromosomal mosaicism in prenatal cell specimens.
No preview · Article · Jan 2010 · Russian Journal of Genetics
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: Genetic instability manifested as loss or gain of whole chromosomes (aneuploidy) is a newly described feature of the human brain. Aneuploidy in the brain was hypothesized to be involved in schizophrenia pathogenesis. To gain further insights into the relationship between aneuploidy in the brain and schizophrenia pathogenesis, a molecular-cytogenetic study of chromosome 1 aneuploidy was performed.
Interphase multiprobe fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with quantitative FISH (QFISH) and interphase chromosome-specific multicolor banding (ICS-MCB) were used to define aneuploidy rate in 12 unaffected and 12 schizophrenia brains.
In the unaffected brain (n=12; 22,794 cells analyzed), average frequencies of stochastic chromosome 1 loss and gain were 0.3% (95%CI 0.2-0.4%) and 0.3% (95%CI 0.2-0.4%), respectively. The threshold level for stochastic chromosome gain and loss (the mean+3SD) in the normal brain was 0.7%. Average rate of aneuploidy in the schizophrenia brain (n=12; 28,482 cells analyzed) was 0.9% (95%CI 0.3-1.5%) for chromosome 1 loss and 0.9% (95%CI 0.2-1.7%) for chromosome 1 gain. Significantly increased level of mosaic aneuploidy involving chromosome 1 was revealed in two schizophrenia brains (3.6% and 4.7% of cells with chromosome 1 loss and gain, respectively). Stochastic aneuploidy rate for chromosome 1 in the schizophrenia brain without two outliers (n=10) reached 0.6% (95%CI 0.3-0.9%) for loss and 0.5% (0.2-0.9%) for gain and was higher than in controls (P=0.005 and P=0.001, respectively).
Our findings support the hypothesis suggesting that subtle genomic imbalances manifesting as low-level mosaic aneuploidy may contribute to schizophrenia pathogenesis.
No preview · Article · Feb 2008 · Schizophrenia Research
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: Autism is a common childhood neurodevelopmental disorder with a possible genetic background. About 5-10% of autism cases are associated with chromosomal abnormalities or monogenic disorders. However, the role of subtle genomic imbalances in autism has not been delineated. This study aimed to investigate a hypothesis suggesting autism to be associated with subtle genomic imbalances presenting as low-level chromosomal mosaicism.
We surveyed stochastic (background) aneuploidy in children with/without autism by interphase three-colour fluorescence in situ hybridisation. The rate of chromosome loss and gain involving six arbitrarily selected autosomes and the sex chromosomes was assessed in the peripheral blood cells of 60 unaffected children and 120 children with autism.
Of 120 analysed boys with autism, 4 (3.3%) with rare structural chromosomal abnormalities (46,XY,t(1;6)(q42.1;q27); 46,XY,inv(2)(p11q13); 46,XY,der(6),ins(6;1)(q21;p13.3p22,1)pat; and 46,XY,r(22)(p11q13)) were excluded from further molecular cytogenetic analysis. Studying <420 000 cells in 60 controls and 116 children with idiopathic autism, we determined the mean frequency of stochastic aneuploidy in control and autism: (1) autosome loss 0.58% (95% CI 0.42 to 0.75%) and 0.60% (95% CI 0.37 to 0.83%), respectively, p = 0.83; (2) autosome gain 0.15% (95% CI 0.09 to 0.21%) and 0.22% (95% CI 0.14 to 0.30%), respectively, p = 0.39; and (3) chromosome X gain 1.11% (95% CI 0.90 to 1.31%) and 1.01% (95% CI 0.85 to 1.17%), respectively, p = 0.30. A frequency of mosaic aneuploidy greater the background level was found in 19 (16%) of 116 children with idiopathic autism, whereas outlier values were not found in controls (p = 0.0019).
Our findings identify low-level aneuploidy as a new genetic risk factor for autism. Therefore, molecular cytogenetic analysis of somatic mosaicism is warranted in children with unexplained autism.
Full-text · Article · Sep 2007 · Journal of Medical Genetics
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: Cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic analysis of children with autism (90 subjects) and their mothers (18 subjects) is presented. Anomalies and fragility were found in chromosome X in four cases of autism: mos 47,XXX/46, XX; 46,XY,r(22)(p11q13); 46,XY,inv(2)(p11.2q13),16qh-; and 46,Y,fra(X)(q27.3),16qh-. C staining and quantitative fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) were used to demonstrate a significant increase in the frequency of variations in the heterochromatin regions of chromosomes in children with autism as compared with a control group (48% and 16% respectively). Pericentric chromosome inversion 9phqh was not characteristic of patients with autism, while variation in heterochromatin regions 1phqh, 9qh+, and 16qh-were found significantly more frequently in children with autism. These data provide the basis for discussing the possible role of the gene position effect in the pathogenesis of autism and the possible search for biological markers of autistic disorders.
No preview · Article · Aug 2007 · Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: Understanding the mechanisms underlying generation of neuronal variability and complexity remains the central challenge for neuroscience. Structural variation in the neuronal genome is likely to be one important mechanism for neuronal diversity and brain diseases. Large-scale genomic variations due to loss or gain of whole chromosomes (aneuploidy) have been described in cells of the normal and diseased human brain, which are generated from neural stem cells during intrauterine period of life. However, the incidence of aneuploidy in the developing human brain and its impact on the brain development and function are obscure.
To address genomic variation during development we surveyed aneuploidy/polyploidy in the human fetal tissues by advanced molecular-cytogenetic techniques at the single-cell level. Here we show that the human developing brain has mosaic nature, being composed of euploid and aneuploid neural cells. Studying over 600,000 neural cells, we have determined the average aneuploidy frequency as 1.25-1.45% per chromosome, with the overall percentage of aneuploidy tending to approach 30-35%. Furthermore, we found that mosaic aneuploidy can be exclusively confined to the brain.
Our data indicates aneuploidization to be an additional pathological mechanism for neuronal genome diversification. These findings highlight the involvement of aneuploidy in the human brain development and suggest an unexpected link between developmental chromosomal instability, intercellural/intertissular genome diversity and human brain diseases.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: We report on two unrelated cases of pericentric inversion 46,XY,inv(7)(p11q21.1) associated with distinct pattern of malformation including mental retardation, development delay, ectrodactyly, facial dismorphism, high arched palate. Additionally, one case was found to be characterized by mesodermal dysplasia. Cytogenetic analysis of the families indicated that one case was a paternally inherited inversion whereas another case was a maternally inherited one. Molecular cytogenetic studies have shown paternal inversion to have a breakpoint within centromeric heterochromatin being the cause of alphoid DNA loss. Maternal inversion was also associated with a breakpoint within centromeric heterochromatin as well as inverted euchromatic chromosome region flanked by two disrupted alphoid DNA blocks. Basing on molecular cytogenetic data we hypothesize the differences of clinical manifestations to be produced by a position effect due to localization of breakpoints within variable centromeric heterochromatin and, alternatively, due to differences in the location breakpoints, disrupteding different genes within region 7q21-q22. Our results reconfirm previous linkage analyses suggested 7q21-q22 as a locus of ectrodactily and propose inv (7)(p11q21.1) as a cause of recognizable pattern of malformations or a new chromosomal syndrome.
No preview · Article · May 2006 · T͡Sitologii͡a i genetika
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: In the present study, the cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic analysis of 90 children with autism and their mothers (18 subjects) was carried out. Chromosome fragility and abnormalities were found in four cases: mos 47,XXX/ 46,XX; 46,XY,r(22)(p11q13); 46,XY,inv(2)(p11.2q13),16qh-; 46Y,fra(X)(q27.3)16qh-. Using C-banding and quantitative fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), the significantly increased incidence of heterochromatic region variation was shown in autism as compared to the controls (48 and 16%, respectively). Pericentric 9phqh inversion was not characteristic of the patients with autism whereas heterochromatic variations 1phqh, 9qh+ and 16qh- were more frequent in autism (p<0,05). Basing on the data obtained, a possible role of position effect in autism pathogenesis as well as a potential of heterochromatic region variation analysis for the search of biological markers of autistic spectrum disorders are discussed.
No preview · Article · Jan 2006 · Zhurnal nevrologii i psikhiatrii imeni S.S. Korsakova / Ministerstvo zdravookhraneniia i meditsinskoi promyshlennosti Rossiiskoi Federatsii, Vserossiiskoe obshchestvo nevrologov [i] Vserossiiskoe obshchestvo psikhiatrov
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: We report on a case of chimerism and multiple abnormalities of chromosomes 21, Xand Yin spontaneous abortion specimen. To the best our knowledge the present case is the first documented chimera in a spontaneously aborted fetus. The application of interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) using chromosome enumeration and site-specific DNA probes showed trisomy X in 92 nuclei (23 %), tetrasomy X in 100 nuclei (25 %), pentasomy of chromosome X in 40 nuclei (10 %), XXY in 36 nuclei (9 %), XXXXXXYY in 12 nuclei (3 %), XXXXXYYYYY in 8 nuclei (2 %), trisomy 21 and female chromosome complement in 40 nuclei (10 %), normal female chromosome complement in 72 nuclei (18 %) out of 400 nuclei scored. Our experience indicates that the frequency of chimerism coupled with multiple chromosome abnormalities should be no less than 1 : 400 among spontaneous abortions. The difficulties of chimerism identification in fetal tissues are discussed.
No preview · Article · Jan 2006 · T͡Sitologii͡a i genetika