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De Filippis T.,Laboratorio Of Ricerche Endocrino Metaboliche | Marelli F.,Laboratorio Of Ricerche Endocrino Metaboliche | Nebbia G.,Clinica Pediatrica De Marchi | Porazzi P.,Laboratorio Of Ricerche Endocrino Metaboliche | And 17 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism | Year: 2016

Context: The pathogenesis of congenital hypothyroidism (CH) is still largely unexplained. We previously reported that perturbations of the Notch pathway and knockdown of the ligand jagged1 cause a hypothyroid phenotype in the zebrafish. Heterozygous JAG1 variants are known to account for Alagille syndrome type 1 (ALGS1), a rare multisystemic developmental disorder characterized by variable expressivity and penetrance. Objective: Verify the involvement of JAG1 variants in the pathogenesis of congenital thyroid defects and the frequency of unexplained hypothyroidism in a series of ALGS1 patients. Design, Settings, and Patients: A total of 21 young ALGS1 and 100 CH unrelated patients were recruited in academicandpublic hospitals. TheJAG1variantswerestudied in vitroandin the zebrafish. Results:Wereport a previously unknown nonautoimmune hypothyroidism in 6/21 ALGS1 patients, 2 of them with thyroid hypoplasia. We found 2 JAG1 variants in the heterozygous state in 4/100 CH cases (3 with thyroid dysgenesis, 2 with cardiac malformations). Five out 7 JAG1 variants are new. Different bioassays demonstrate that the identified variants exhibit a variable loss of function. In zebrafish, the knock-down of jag1a/b expression causes a primary thyroid defect, and rescue experiments of the hypothyroid phenotype with wild-type or variant JAG1 transcripts support a role for JAG1 variations in the pathogenesis of the hypothyroid phenotype seen in CH and ALGS1 patients. Conclusions: clinical and experimental data indicate that ALGS1 patients have an increased risk of nonautoimmune hypothyroidism, and that variations in JAG1 gene can contribute to the pathogenesis of variable congenital thyroid defects, including CH. © 2016 by the Endocrine Society.

Tambasco N.,NeuroLogica | Belcastro V.,NeuroLogica | Prontera P.,Centro Of Riferimento Regionale Of Genetica Medica | Nigro P.,NeuroLogica | And 3 more authors.
European Journal of Paediatric Neurology | Year: 2014

Shapiro Syndrome (SS) is a rare condition of spontaneous periodic hypothermia, corpus callosum agenesis (ACC) and hyperhidrosis which can occur at any age. The variant form refers to the phenotypic SS without ACC. We reported the case of SS variant on a 4-year-old boy who presented from his first year frequent episodes of hypothermia lasting 2-3 h with core rectal temperatures <35 °C. In order to understand the characteristics of this rare syndrome we searched all the cases present in literature. Fifty-two cases of SS were found in literature. Among all clinical signs, paroxysmal hypothermia seems to be the hallmark of both typical and variant SS. ACC is reported only in 40% of cases of SS. Hyperhidrosis, another hallmark of SS, was present in only 42.3% of the cases and mainly in adult onset. The presence of SS in siblings of different genders suggests an autosomal recessive inheritance model, however a gonadic mosaicism responsible for an autosomal de novo mutation cannot be ruled out. From our review of well documented cases of SS, we conclude that only the episodic and spontaneous paroxysmal hypothermia should be considered the defining hallmark of typical and variant SS. This can be important to define the clinical manifestation of SS improving the early diagnosis. © 2014 European Paediatric Neurology Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Carrozzo R.,Laboratory of Molecular Medicine | Verrigni D.,Laboratory of Molecular Medicine | Rasmussen M.,University of Oslo | de Coo R.,Erasmus Medical Center | And 29 more authors.
Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease | Year: 2016

Background: The encephalomyopathic mtDNA depletion syndrome with methylmalonic aciduria is associated with deficiency of succinate-CoA ligase, caused by mutations in SUCLA2 or SUCLG1. We report here 25 new patients with succinate-CoA ligase deficiency, and review the clinical and molecular findings in these and 46 previously reported patients. Patients and results: Of the 71 patients, 50 had SUCLA2 mutations and 21 had SUCLG1 mutations. In the newly-reported 20 SUCLA2 patients we found 16 different mutations, of which nine were novel: two large gene deletions, a 1 bp duplication, two 1 bp deletions, a 3 bp insertion, a nonsense mutation and two missense mutations. In the newly-reported SUCLG1 patients, five missense mutations were identified, of which two were novel. The median onset of symptoms was two months for patients with SUCLA2 mutations and at birth for SUCLG1 patients. Median survival was 20 years for SUCLA2 and 20 months for SUCLG1. Notable clinical differences between the two groups were hepatopathy, found in 38 % of SUCLG1 cases but not in SUCLA2 cases, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which was not reported in SUCLA2 patients, but documented in 14 % of cases with SUCLG1 mutations. Long survival, to age 20 years or older, was reported in 12 % of SUCLA2 and in 10 % of SUCLG1 patients. The most frequent abnormality on neuroimaging was basal ganglia involvement, found in 69 % of SUCLA2 and 80 % of SUCLG1 patients. Analysis of respiratory chain enzyme activities in muscle generally showed a combined deficiency of complexes I and IV, but normal histological and biochemical findings in muscle did not preclude a diagnosis of succinate-CoA ligase deficiency. In five patients, the urinary excretion of methylmalonic acid was only marginally elevated, whereas elevated plasma methylmalonic acid was consistently found. Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the largest study of patients with SUCLA2 and SUCLG1 deficiency. The most important findings were a significantly longer survival in patients with SUCLA2 mutations compared to SUCLG1 mutations and a trend towards longer survival in patients with missense mutations compared to loss-of-function mutations. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and liver involvement was exclusively found in patients with SUCLG1 mutations, whereas epilepsy was much more frequent in patients with SUCLA2 mutations compared to patients with SUCLG1 mutations. The mutation analysis revealed a number of novel mutations, including a homozygous deletion of the entire SUCLA2 gene, and we found evidence of two founder mutations in the Scandinavian population, in addition to the known SUCLA2 founder mutation in the Faroe Islands. © 2015, SSIEM.

Prontera P.,Centro Of Riferimento Regionale Of Genetica Medica | Ottaviani V.,Centro Of Riferimento Regionale Of Genetica Medica | Toccaceli D.,Centro Of Riferimento Regionale Per I Disturbi Dello Spettro Autistico | Rogaia D.,Centro Of Riferimento Regionale Of Genetica Medica | And 5 more authors.
American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A | Year: 2014

The most frequent causes of Intellectual Disability (ID)/Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are chromosomal abnormalities, genomic rearrangements and submicroscopic deletions coupled with duplications. We report here on an 11-year-old girl showing autism, macrocephaly, and facial dysmorphism, in which array-CGH showed a de novo microdeletion of ∼114Kb in the 14q11.2 chromosomal region, involving the SUPT16H, CHD8, and RAB2B genes. Four patients with ID and/or ASD and/or macrocephaly with overlapping deletions have been previously described: three showed very large rearrangements (>1Mb), while one had a microdeletion of ∼101Kb, largely overlapping the one reported herein. The minimal critical region, considering present and previous cases, contains the SUPT16H and CHD8 genes. Notably, recent studies also disclosed CHD8 heterozygous loss-of-function mutations in patients with ASD and macrocephaly. Our finding shows the presence of a recurrent microdeletion associated with a clinically recognizable phenotype, and further on underlines the pivotal role of CHD8 gene in the pathogenesis of the disorder. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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