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Am J Hum Genet ; 103(5): 752-768, 2018 Nov 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30388402

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The nuclear factor I (NFI) family of transcription factors play an important role in normal development of multiple organs. Three NFI family members are highly expressed in the brain, and deletions or sequence variants in two of these, NFIA and NFIX, have been associated with intellectual disability (ID) and brain malformations. NFIB, however, has not previously been implicated in human disease. Here, we present a cohort of 18 individuals with mild ID and behavioral issues who are haploinsufficient for NFIB. Ten individuals harbored overlapping microdeletions of the chromosomal 9p23-p22.2 region, ranging in size from 225 kb to 4.3 Mb. Five additional subjects had point sequence variations creating a premature termination codon, and three subjects harbored single-nucleotide variations resulting in an inactive protein as determined using an in vitro reporter assay. All individuals presented with additional variable neurodevelopmental phenotypes, including muscular hypotonia, motor and speech delay, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and behavioral abnormalities. While structural brain anomalies, including dysgenesis of corpus callosum, were variable, individuals most frequently presented with macrocephaly. To determine whether macrocephaly could be a functional consequence of NFIB disruption, we analyzed a cortex-specific Nfib conditional knockout mouse model, which is postnatally viable. Utilizing magnetic resonance imaging and histology, we demonstrate that Nfib conditional knockout mice have enlargement of the cerebral cortex but preservation of overall brain structure and interhemispheric connectivity. Based on our findings, we propose that haploinsufficiency of NFIB causes ID with macrocephaly.

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Sci Rep ; 7(1): 12225, 2017 Sep 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28939912

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Short stature is a common pediatric disorder affecting 3% of the population. However, the clinical variability and genetic heterogeneity prevents the identification of the underlying cause in about 80% of the patients. Recently, heterozygous mutations in the ACAN gene coding for the proteoglycan aggrecan, a main component of the cartilage matrix, were associated with idiopathic short stature. To ascertain the prevalence of ACAN mutations and broaden the phenotypic spectrum in patients with idiopathic short stature we performed sequence analyses in 428 families. We identified heterozygous nonsense mutations in four and potentially disease-causing missense variants in two families (1.4%). These patients presented with a mean of -3.2 SDS and some suggestive clinical characteristics. The results suggest heterozygous mutations in ACAN as a common cause of isolated as well as inherited idiopathic short stature.

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