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Molecular Syndromology

Vincent Strehlow, Marielle E M Swinkels, Rhys H Thomas, Nora Rapps, Steffen Syrbe, Thomas Dorn, Johannes R Lemke
Prompted by the observations of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) and recurrent copy number variants in genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE), we searched for further evidence supporting a possible correlation of 22q11DS with GGE and with myoclonic seizures. Through routine diagnostics, we identified 3 novel individuals with the seemingly uncommon combination of 22q11DS and JME. We subsequently screened the literature for reports focussing on the epilepsy phenotype in 22q11DS...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Caroline Lund, Pasquale Striano, Hanne Sørmo Sorte, Pasquale Parisi, Michele Iacomino, Ying Sheng, Magnus D Vigeland, Anne-Marte Øye, Rikke Steensbjerre Møller, Kaja K Selmer, Federico Zara
Aicardi syndrome (AS) is a well-characterized neurodevelopmental disorder with an unknown etiology. In this study, we performed whole-exome sequencing in 11 female patients with the diagnosis of AS, in order to identify the disease-causing gene. In particular, we focused on detecting variants in the X chromosome, including the analysis of variants with a low number of sequencing reads, in case of somatic mosaicism. For 2 of the patients, we also sequenced the exome of the parents to search for de novo mutations...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Elena Parrini, Valerio Conti, William B Dobyns, Renzo Guerrini
Malformations of cortical development (MCD) represent a major cause of developmental disabilities, severe epilepsy, and reproductive disadvantage. Genes that have been associated to MCD are mainly involved in cell proliferation and specification, neuronal migration, and late cortical organization. Lissencephaly-pachygyria-severe band heterotopia are diffuse neuronal migration disorders causing severe global neurological impairment. Abnormalities of the LIS1, DCX, ARX, RELN, VLDLR, ACTB, ACTG1, TUBG1, KIF5C, KIF2A, and CDK5 genes have been associated with these malformations...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Rikke S Møller, Line H G Larsen, Katrine M Johannesen, Inga Talvik, Tiina Talvik, Ulvi Vaher, Maria J Miranda, Muhammad Farooq, Jens E K Nielsen, Lene Lavard Svendsen, Ditte B Kjelgaard, Karen M Linnet, Qin Hao, Peter Uldall, Mimoza Frangu, Niels Tommerup, Shahid M Baig, Uzma Abdullah, Alfred P Born, Pia Gellert, Marina Nikanorova, Kern Olofsson, Birgit Jepsen, Dragan Marjanovic, Lana I K Al-Zehhawi, Sofia J Peñalva, Bente Krag-Olsen, Klaus Brusgaard, Helle Hjalgrim, Guido Rubboli, Deb K Pal, Hans A Dahl
In recent years, several genes have been causally associated with epilepsy. However, making a genetic diagnosis in a patient can still be difficult, since extensive phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity has been observed in many monogenic epilepsies. This study aimed to analyze the genetic basis of a wide spectrum of epilepsies with age of onset spanning from the neonatal period to adulthood. A gene panel targeting 46 epilepsy genes was used on a cohort of 216 patients consecutively referred for panel testing...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Agustina M Lascano, Christian M Korff, Fabienne Picard
Despite intensive research activity leading to many important discoveries, the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying seizures and epilepsy remain poorly understood. An important number of specific gene defects have been related to various forms of epilepsies, and autoimmunity and epilepsy have been associated for a long time. Certain central nervous system proteins have been involved in epilepsy or acute neurological diseases with seizures either due to underlying gene defects or immune dysfunction. Here, we focus on 2 of them that have been the object of particular attention and in-depth research over the past years: the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor and the leucin-rich glioma-inactivated protein 1 (LGI1)...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Snezana Maljevic, Sabina Vejzovic, Matthias K Bernhard, Astrid Bertsche, Sebastian Weise, Miriam Döcker, Holger Lerche, Johannes R Lemke, Andreas Merkenschlager, Steffen Syrbe
Benign familial neonatal seizures (BFNS) present a rare familial epilepsy syndrome caused by genetic alterations in the voltage-gated potassium channels Kv7.2 and Kv7.3, encoded by KCNQ2 and KCNQ3. While most BFNS families carry alterations in KCNQ2, mutations in KCNQ3 appear to be less common. Here, we describe a family with 6 individuals presenting with neonatal focal and generalized seizures. Genetic testing revealed a novel KCNQ3 variant, c.835G>T, cosegregating with seizures in 4 tested individuals...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Steffen Syrbe, Boris S Zhorov, Astrid Bertsche, Matthias K Bernhard, Frauke Hornemann, Ulrike Mütze, Jessica Hoffmann, Konstanze Hörtnagel, Wieland Kiess, Franz W Hirsch, Johannes R Lemke, Andreas Merkenschlager
Mutations in SCN2A have been associated with benign familial neonatal-infantile seizures (BFNIS) as well as infantile-onset epileptic encephalopathy, such as Ohtahara syndrome (OS). We describe a family with 3 affected individuals carrying the novel SCN2A missense variant c.1147C>G, p.Q383E affecting a residue proximal to the highly conserved selectivity filter in the P-loop of the voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.2). All 3 individuals presented with seizures in early infancy. However, there were striking differences in the spectrum of clinical presentations, ranging from BFNIS to OS...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Ingo Helbig, Abou Ahmad N Tayoun
Epileptic encephalopathies are severe often intractable seizure disorders where epileptiform abnormalities contribute to a progressive disturbance in brain function. Often, epileptic encephalopathies start in childhood and are accompanied by developmental delay and various neurological and non-neurological comorbidities. In recent years, this concept has become virtually synonymous with a group of severe childhood epilepsies including West syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome, and several other severe childhood epilepsies for which genetic factors are increasingly recognized...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Thomas Dorn, Johannes R Lemke
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September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Julio C Salas-Alanís, Claire A Scott, Oscar R Fajardo-Ramírez, Carola Duran, María G Moreno-Treviño, David P Kelsell
GAPO syndrome is a very rare genetic disorder characterized by growth retardation, alopecia, pseudoanodontia and progressive optic atrophy (GAPO). To date, only 30 cases have been described worldwide. Recently, gene alterations in the ANTXR1 gene have been reported to be causative of this disorder, and an autosomal recessive pattern has been observed. This gene encodes a matrix-interacting protein that works as an adhesion molecule. In this report, we describe 2 homozygous siblings diagnosed with GAPO syndrome carrying a new missense mutation...
July 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Jacques C Giltay, Aart J Klijn, Tom P V M de Jong, Peter Kats, Marjolijn van Breugel, Susan Lens, Martijn Vromans, Lars T van der Veken, Ron Hochstenbach
Tetraploid/diploid mosaicism is a rare chromosomal abnormality that is infrequently reported in patients with severe developmental delay, growth retardation, and short life span. Here, we present a 6-year-old patient with severe penoscrotal hypospadias and a coloboma of the left eye but with normal growth, normal psychomotor development, and without dysmorphisms. We considered a local, mosaic sex chromosomal aneuploidy as a possible cause of his genital anomaly and performed karyotyping in cultured fibroblasts from the genital skin, obtained during surgical correction...
July 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Stefanie Spiegler, Bettina Kirchmaier, Matthias Rath, G Christoph Korenke, Fabian Tetzlaff, Maartje van de Vorst, Kornelia Neveling, Amparo Acker-Palmer, Andreas W Kuss, Christian Gilissen, Andreas Fischer, Stefan Schulte-Merker, Ute Felbor
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are prevalent slow-flow vascular lesions which harbour the risk to develop intracranial haemorrhages, focal neurological deficits, and epileptic seizures. Autosomal dominantly inherited CCMs were found to be associated with heterozygous inactivating mutations in 3 genes, CCM1 (KRIT1), CCM2 (MGC4607), and CCM3 (PDCD10) in 1999, 2003 and 2005, respectively. Despite the availability of high-throughput sequencing techniques, no further CCM gene has been published since. Here, we report on the identification of an autosomal dominantly inherited frameshift mutation in a gene of thus far unknown function, FAM222B (C17orf63), through exome sequencing of CCM patients mutation-negative for CCM1-3...
July 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Jennifer L Heithaus, Kimberly A Twyman, Jacqueline R Batanian
Haploinsufficient microdeletions within chromosome 4q25 are often associated with Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome. A de novo 4q25 deletion, 675 kb proximal to PITX2, has previously been reported once in an adult patient. The patient did not have Axenfeld-Rieger anomaly, but instead had intellectual disability and a complex behavioral phenotype with withdrawn, stereotypic, and ritualistic behavior. Array comparative genome hybridization demonstrated a smaller, overlapping 4q25 deletion in a 2-year-old patient and his mother, both having significant phenotypic overlap with the initially reported patient...
July 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Dmitriy M Niyazov, Stephan G Kahler, Richard E Frye
Mitochondrial disease refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders resulting in defective cellular energy production due to abnormal oxidative phosphorylation (oxphos). Primary mitochondrial disease (PMD) is diagnosed clinically and ideally, but not always, confirmed by a known or indisputably pathogenic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) or nuclear DNA (nDNA) mutation. The PMD genes either encode oxphos proteins directly or they affect oxphos function by impacting production of the complex machinery needed to run the oxphos process...
July 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Katrin Õunap
Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) and Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) are 2 clinically opposite growth-affecting disorders belonging to the group of congenital imprinting disorders. The expression of both syndromes usually depends on the parental origin of the chromosome in which the imprinted genes reside. SRS is characterized by severe intrauterine and postnatal growth retardation with various additional clinical features such as hemihypertrophy, relative macrocephaly, fifth finger clinodactyly, and triangular facies...
July 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Judith G Hall, Jeff Kiefer
Arthrogryposis by definition has multiple congenital contractures. All types of arthrogryposis have decreased in utero fetal movement. Because so many things are involved in normal fetal movement, there are many causes and processes that can go awry. In this era of molecular genetics, we have tried to place the known mutated genes seen in genetic forms of arthrogryposis into biological processes or cellular functions as defined by gene ontology. We hope this leads to better identification of all interacting pathways and processes involved in the development of fetal movement in order to improve diagnosis of the genetic forms of arthrogryposis, to lead to the development of molecular therapies, and to help better define the natural history of various types of arthrogryposis...
July 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Martin Poot
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July 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Luca Lovrecic, Sara Bertok, Mojca Žerjav Tanšek
Interstitial 3p21.31 deletions have been very rarely reported. We describe a 7-year-old boy with global developmental delay, specific facial characteristics, hydronephrosis, and hypothyreosis with a de novo deletion of 3p21.31, encompassing 29 OMIM genes. Despite the wide use of microarrays, no similar case has been reported in the literature so far. Five overlapping cases are deposited in the DECIPHER database, 2 of which have significant overlapping chromosomal aberrations. They both share some phenotypic characteristics with our case, e...
May 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Olga Messina-Baas, Manuel L Gonzalez-Garay, Luz M González-Huerta, Jaime Toral-López, Sergio A Cuevas-Covarrubias
Congenital cataract, an important cause of reversible blindness, is due to several causes including Mendelian inheritance. Thirty percent of cataracts are hereditary with participation of the gamma crystallin genes. Clinical and genetic heterogeneity is observed in patients with gene mutations and congenital cataract; about 40 genetic loci have been associated with hereditary cataract. In this study, we identified the underlying genetic cause of an autosomal dominant pulverulent cataract (ADPC) in a large Mexican family...
May 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Jonathan P Hintze, Amelia Kirby, Erin Torti, Jacqueline R Batanian
Prolidase deficiency (PD) is a rare genetic disorder caused by mutations in the peptidase D (PEPD) gene, affecting collagen degradation. Features include lower extremity ulcers, facial dysmorphism, frequent respiratory infections, and intellectual disability, though there is significant intra- and interfamilial variability. Twenty-eight mutations have been previously reported, all either small deletions/duplications or point mutations discovered by enzyme or DNA assays. PD has been reported in patients of various ethnic backgrounds, but never in the Mexican-American population...
May 2016: Molecular Syndromology
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