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Bone ; 153: 116152, 2021 12.
Article En | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34400385

Acrofrontofacionasal dysostosis type 1 (AFFND1) is an extremely rare disorder characterized by several dysmorphic features, skeletal abnormalities and intellectual disability, and described only in seven patients in the literature. A biallelic variant in the Neuroblastoma Amplified Sequence (NBAS) gene was recently identified in two Indian patients with AFFND1. Here we report genetic investigation of AFFND1 in the originally described Brazilian families and the identification of an extremely rare, recessively-inherited, intronic variant in the Phosphatidylinositol Glycan class B (PIGB) gene NC_000015.10 (NM_004855.4): c.795-19T > G) in the affected individuals. The PIGB gene encodes an enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor, which is required for the post-translational modification of a large variety of proteins, enabling their correct cellular localization and function. Recessive variants in PIGB have previously been reported in individuals with a neurodevelopmental syndrome having partial overlap with AFFND1. In vitro assays demonstrated that the intronic variant leads to exon skipping, suggesting the Brazilian AFFND1 patients may be null for PIGB, in agreement with their severe clinical phenotype. These data increase the number of pathogenic variants in the PIGB gene, place AFFND1 among GPI deficiencies and extend the spectrum of phenotypes associated with GPI biosynthesis defects.

Glycosylphosphatidylinositols , Mandibulofacial Dysostosis , Humans , Mannosyltransferases/genetics , Mutation/genetics , Phenotype , Seizures
Am J Med Genet A ; 173(7): 1747-1753, 2017 Jul.
Article En | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28558149

Mandibulofacial dysostosis (MFD) Bauru type (OMIM 604830) is a rare genetic condition characterized mainly by malar hypoplasia, orofacial cleft, and micrognathia. Here, we describe the clinical and radiographic sings of 13 individuals (12 female and 1 male) from eight unrelated kindreds with MFD Bauru type, including four previously reported cases, treated at the Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies. The clinical phenotype was characterized by severe underdevelopment of mandible, midface hypoplasia, orofacial cleft, bitemporal narrowing, mild upper eyelid down slanting, high nasal bridge, thick and everted lower lip, minor ears abnormalities, and hearing loss. Radiographic aspects included downslanting of zygomatic arch, maxillary hypoplasia, microretrognathia, hypoplastic mandibular condyles, and ectopic external auditory canal. Recurrence was observed in two of eight families and the affected distribution pattern was compatible with autosomal dominant inheritance in one and autosomal recessive in another, indicating possible genetic heterogeneity for this condition. Clinical and radiographic findings in this report contribute to the delineation of this rare MFD.

Am J Med Genet A ; 173(4): 938-945, 2017 Apr.
Article En | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28328130

Auriculocondylar syndrome, mainly characterized by micrognathia, small mandibular condyle, and question mark ears, is a rare disease segregating in an autosomal dominant pattern in the majority of the families reported in the literature. So far, pathogenic variants in PLCB4, GNAI3, and EDN1 have been associated with this syndrome. It is caused by a developmental abnormality of the first and second pharyngeal arches and it is associated with great inter- and intra-familial clinical variability, with some patients not presenting the typical phenotype of the syndrome. Moreover, only a few patients of each molecular subtype of Auriculocondylar syndrome have been reported and sequenced. Therefore, the spectrum of clinical and genetic variability is still not defined. In order to address these questions, we searched for alterations in PLCB4, GNAI3, and EDN1 in patients with typical Auriculocondylar syndrome (n = 3), Pierre Robin sequence-plus (n = 3), micrognathia with additional craniofacial malformations (n = 4), or non-specific auricular dysplasia (n = 1), which could represent subtypes of Auriculocondylar syndrome. We found novel pathogenic variants in PLCB4 only in two of three index patients with typical Auriculocondylar syndrome. We also performed a detailed comparative analysis of the patients presented in this study with those previously published, which showed that the pattern of auricular abnormality and full cheeks were associated with molecularly characterized individuals with Auriculocondylar syndrome. Finally, our data contribute to a better definition of a set of parameters for clinical classification that may be used as a guidance for geneticists ordering molecular testing for Auriculocondylar syndrome. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Ear Diseases/diagnosis , Ear/abnormalities , Genetic Predisposition to Disease , Micrognathism/diagnosis , Mutation , Phospholipase C beta/genetics , Pierre Robin Syndrome/diagnosis , Adult , Child , Ear/pathology , Ear Diseases/classification , Ear Diseases/genetics , Ear Diseases/pathology , Endothelin-1/genetics , Female , GTP-Binding Protein alpha Subunits, Gi-Go/genetics , Gene Expression , Genes, Dominant , High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing , Humans , Male , Micrognathism/classification , Micrognathism/genetics , Micrognathism/pathology , Pedigree , Phenotype , Pierre Robin Syndrome/classification , Pierre Robin Syndrome/genetics , Pierre Robin Syndrome/pathology , Terminology as Topic
Clin Dysmorphol ; 24(4): 144-50, 2015 Oct.
Article En | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25816358

Oculoauriculovertebral spectrum (OAVS, OMIM 164210) is a complex condition characterized by defects in aural, oral, and mandibular development. Other craniofacial and extracranial anomalies can be present. With the exception of the Tessier number 7 cleft, atypical clefting has rarely been reported in association with OAVS. Here, we report on two unrelated cases with a typical phenotype of OAVS and a Tessier 30 associated cleft. One of them also had other atypical facial clefts. We discuss the association between atypical facial clefts and OAVS.

Goldenhar Syndrome/diagnosis , Cleft Lip/diagnosis , Cleft Lip/pathology , Facial Bones , Goldenhar Syndrome/pathology , Humans , Infant , Male , Tomography Scanners, X-Ray Computed
Eur J Hum Genet ; 23(4): 481-5, 2015 Apr.
Article En | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25026904

Auriculocondylar syndrome is a rare craniofacial disorder comprising core features of micrognathia, condyle dysplasia and question mark ear. Causative variants have been identified in PLCB4, GNAI3 and EDN1, which are predicted to function within the EDN1-EDNRA pathway during early pharyngeal arch patterning. To date, two GNAI3 variants in three families have been reported. Here we report three novel GNAI3 variants, one segregating with affected members in a family previously linked to 1p21.1-q23.3 and two de novo variants in simplex cases. Two variants occur in known functional motifs, the G1 and G4 boxes, and the third variant is one amino acid outside of the G1 box. Structural modeling shows that all five altered GNAI3 residues identified to date cluster in a region involved in GDP/GTP binding. We hypothesize that all GNAI3 variants lead to dominant negative effects.

Ear Diseases/genetics , Ear/abnormalities , GTP-Binding Protein alpha Subunits, Gi-Go/genetics , Genetic Variation , Branchial Region/metabolism , Brazil , Ear Diseases/diagnosis , Female , Humans , Male , Pedigree , Phenotype , Protein Conformation
J Pediatr Genet ; 2(4): 173-80, 2013 Dec.
Article En | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27625856

The authors describe the clinical findings of 38 children with congenital anomalies and misoprostol intrauterine exposure. This study included 38 cases, ascertained from case series of the Hospital of Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies from University of São Paulo, with evidence of intrauterine exposure to misoprostol in the first trimester of the pregnancy. Information about misoprostol intake and drug administration route was obtained through interviews with mothers. Clinical evaluation showed 18 individuals with facial phenotype compatible with Moebius syndrome; 11 individuals with multiple congenital anomalies; and nine individuals with nonsyndromic cleft lip and/or cleft palate. This study showed a widening of the phenotypic spectrum associated with misoprostol embryotoxicity.