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BMC Med Genomics ; 12(1): 83, 2019 06 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31174542


BACKGROUND: The vast majority of cases with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) are caused by a molecular defect in the imprinted chromosome region 11p15.5. The underlying mechanisms include epimutations, uniparental disomy, copy number variations, and structural rearrangements. In addition, maternal loss-of-function mutations in CDKN1C are found. Despite growing knowledge on BWS pathogenesis, up to 20% of patients with BWS phenotype remain without molecular diagnosis. CASE PRESENTATION: Herein, we report an Iranian family with two females affected with BWS in different generations. Bisulfite pyrosequencing revealed hypermethylation of the H19/IGF2: intergenic differentially methylated region (IG DMR), also known as imprinting center 1 (IC1) and hypomethylation of the KCNQ1OT1: transcriptional start site (TSS) DMR (IC2). Array CGH demonstrated an 8 Mb duplication on chromosome 11p15.5p15.4 (205,827-8,150,933) and a 1 Mb deletion on chromosome 9p24.3 (209,020-1,288,114). Chromosome painting revealed that this duplication-deficiency in both patients is due to unbalanced segregation of a paternal reciprocal t(9;11)(p24.3;p15.4) translocation. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first report of a paternally inherited unbalanced translocation between the chromosome 9 and 11 short arms underlying familial BWS. Copy number variations involving the 11p15.5 region are detected by the consensus diagnostic algorithm. However, in complex cases which do not only affect the BWS region itself, characterization of submicroscopic chromosome rearrangements can assist to estimate the recurrence risk and possible phenotypic outcomes.

Nat Commun ; 9(1): 3087, 2018 08 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30082715


Skeletal dysplasia with multiple dislocations are severe disorders characterized by dislocations of large joints and short stature. The majority of them have been linked to pathogenic variants in genes encoding glycosyltransferases, sulfotransferases or epimerases required for glycosaminoglycan synthesis. Using exome sequencing, we identify homozygous mutations in SLC10A7 in six individuals with skeletal dysplasia with multiple dislocations and amelogenesis imperfecta. SLC10A7 encodes a 10-transmembrane-domain transporter located at the plasma membrane. Functional studies in vitro demonstrate that SLC10A7 mutations reduce SLC10A7 protein expression. We generate a Slc10a7-/- mouse model, which displays shortened long bones, growth plate disorganization and tooth enamel anomalies, recapitulating the human phenotype. Furthermore, we identify decreased heparan sulfate levels in Slc10a7-/- mouse cartilage and patient fibroblasts. Finally, we find an abnormal N-glycoprotein electrophoretic profile in patient blood samples. Together, our findings support the involvement of SLC10A7 in glycosaminoglycan synthesis and specifically in skeletal development.

Mol Syndromol ; 9(1): 5-14, 2017 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29456477


Multilocus analysis of rare or genetically heterogeneous diseases is a distinct advantage of next-generation sequencing (NGS) over conventional single-gene investigations. Recent studies have begun to uncover an under-recognized prevalence of dual molecular diagnoses in patients with a "blended" phenotype that is the result of 2 clinical diagnoses involving 2 separate genetic loci. This blended phenotype could be mistakenly interpreted as a novel clinical extension of a single-gene disorder. In this study, we ascertained a proband from a large consanguineous Iranian family who manifests postlingual, progressive, moderate hearing loss in addition to suspected Ellis-van Creveld syndrome phenotype. NGS with a customized skeletal dysplasia panel containing over 370 genes and subsequent bioinformatics analysis disclosed 2 homozygous mutations in EVC2 (c.2653C>T; p.Arg885*) and COL11A2 (c.966dup; p.Thr323Hisfs*19), respectively. This study highlights a dual molecular diagnosis in a patient with a blending of 2 distinct phenotypes and illustrates the advantage and importance of this staple technology to facilitate rapid and comprehensive genetic dissection of a heterogeneous phenotype. The differentiation between phenotypic expansion of a genetic disorder and a blended phenotype that is due to more than one distinct genetic aberration is essential in order to reduce the diagnostic odyssey endured by patients.