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Hunter K.B.,University of British Columbia | Lucke T.,Hannover Medical School | Spranger J.,University Childrens Hospital | Smithson S.F.,St. Michaels Hospital | And 26 more authors.
European Journal of Pediatrics

Schimke immunoosseous dysplasia (SIOD) is an autosomal recessive multisystem disorder characterized by prominent spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, T cell deficiency, and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Biallelic mutations in swi/snf-related, matrix-associated, actin-dependent regulator of chromatin, subfamily a-like 1 (SMARCAL1) are the only identified cause of SIOD, but approximately half of patients referred for molecular studies do not have detectable mutations in SMARCAL1. We hypothesized that skeletal features distinguish between those with or without SMARCAL1 mutations. Therefore, we analyzed the skeletal radiographs of 22 patients with and 11 without detectable SMARCAL1 mutations. We found that patients with SMARCAL1 mutations have a spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia (SED) essentially limited to the spine, pelvis, capital femoral epiphyses, and possibly the sella turcica, whereas the hands and other long bones are basically normal. Additionally, we found that several of the adolescent and young adult patients developed osteoporosis and coxarthrosis. Of the 11 patients without detectable SMARCAL1 mutations, seven had a SED indistinguishable from patients with SMARCAL1 mutations. We conclude therefore that SED is a feature of patients with SMARCAL1 mutations and that skeletal features do not distinguish who of those with SED have SMARCAL1 mutations. Source

Granger B.,University Pierre and Marie Curie | Granger B.,Center Hospitalo University Pitie Salpetriere | Gueneau L.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Gueneau L.,University Pierre and Marie Curie | And 10 more authors.
Human Genetics

Autosomal dominant Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy is caused by mutations in LMNA gene encoding lamins A and C. The disease is characterized by early onset joint contractures during childhood associated with humero-peroneal muscular wasting and weakness, and by the development of a cardiac disease in adulthood. Important intra-familial variability characterized by a wide range of age at onset of myopathic symptoms (AOMS) has been recurrently reported, suggesting the contribution of a modifier gene. Our objective was to identify a modifier locus of AOMS in relation with the LMNA mutation. To map the modifier locus, we genotyped 291 microsatellite markers in 59 individuals of a large French family, where 19 patients carrying the same LMNA mutation, exhibited wide range of AOMS. We performed Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo-based joint segregation and linkage methods implemented in the Loki© software, and detected a strong linkage signal on chromosome 2 between markers D2S143 and D2S2244 (211 cM) with a Bayes factor of 28.7 (empirical p value = 0.0032). The linked region harbours two main candidate genes, DES and MYL1 encoding desmin and light chain of myosin. Importantly, the impact of the genotype on the phenotype for this locus showed an overdominant effect with AOMS 2 years earlier for the homozygotes of the rare allele and 37 years earlier for the heterozygotes than the homozygotes for the common allele. These results provide important highlights for the natural history and for the physiopathology of Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. © 2010 Springer-Verlag. Source

Imhoff O.,Hopitaux Universitaires Of Strasbourg | Marion V.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Stoetzel C.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Durand M.,Hopitaux Universitaires Of Strasbourg | And 8 more authors.
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Background and Objectives: Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS) is a rare autosomal recessive ciliopathy with a wide spectrum of clinical features including obesity, retinitis pigmentosa, polydactyly, mental retardation, hypogonadism, and renal abnormalities. The molecular genetic profile of BBS is currently being investigated after the recent identification of 14 BBS genes involved in primary cilia-linked disease. This study aims to characterize the renal and cardiovascular presentations and to analyze possible relationships between genotypes and clinical phenotypes. Design, setting, participants & measurements: This clinical study was performed in a national cohort of 33 BBS patients, 22 men and 11 women, all aged >16 years (mean age 26.3 years). Results: Renal abnormalities, including impairment of renal function and signs of chronic interstitial nephropathy of dysplastic nature, were documented in 82% of the patients. Cardiovascular evaluations revealed that this group of young patients had significant cardiovascular risk factors. Hypertension was found in >30% of the patients and hyperlipidemia in >60%, and almost 50% had other metabolic abnormalities. Overt diabetes was present in only 6%. With regard to genotype-phenotype correlation, patients with a mutation in the BBS6, BBS10, or BBS12 gene (10 of 33 patients) had more severe renal disease. Conclusions: Our study results confirm the frequent occurrence of renal involvement in patients with BBS, underscore the high risk of cardiovascular disease in these patients, and provide new information on a possible genotype-phenotype correlation. Copyright © 2011 by the American Society of Nephrology. Source

Desmyter L.,Catholic University of Louvain | Ghassibe M.,Catholic University of Louvain | Revencu N.,Catholic University of Louvain | Boute O.,Service de Genetique Clinique | And 33 more authors.
Molecular Syndromology

Van der Woude syndrome (VWS), caused by dominant IRF6 mutation, is the most common cleft syndrome. In 15% of the patients, lip pits are absent and the phenotype mimics isolated clefts. Therefore, we hypothesized that some of the families classified as having non-syndromic inherited cleft lip and palate could have an IRF6 mutation. We screened in total 170 patients with cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P): 75 were syndromic and 95 were a priori part of multiplex non-syndromic families. A mutation was identified in 62.7 and 3.3% of the patients, respectively. In one of the 95 a priori non-syndromic families with an autosomal dominant inheritance (family B), new insights into the family history revealed the presence, at birth, of lower lip pits in two members and the diagnosis was revised as VWS. A novel lower lip sign was observed in one individual in this family. Interestingly, a similar lower lip sign was also observed in one individual from a 2nd family (family A). This consists of 2 nodules below the lower lip on the external side. In a 3rd multiplex family (family C), a de novo mutation was identified in an a priori non-syndromic CL/P patient. Re-examination after mutation screening revealed the presence of a tiny pit-looking lesion on the inner side of the lower lip leading to a revised diagnosis of VWS. On the basis of this data, we conclude that IRF6 should be screened when any doubt rises about the normality of the lower lip and also if a non-syndromic cleft lip patient (with or without cleft palate) has a family history suggestive of autosomal dominant inheritance. Copyright © 2010 S. Karger AG. Source

Redin C.,University of Strasbourg | Redin C.,College de France | Gerard B.,Hopitaux Universitaires Of Strasbourg | Lauer J.,Hopitaux Universitaires Of Strasbourg | And 42 more authors.
Journal of Medical Genetics

Background Intellectual disability (ID) is characterised by an extreme genetic heterogeneity. Several hundred genes have been associated to monogenic forms of ID, considerably complicating molecular diagnostics. Trio-exome sequencing was recently proposed as a diagnostic approach, yet remains costly for a general implementation. Methods We report the alternative strategy of targeted high-throughput sequencing of 217 genes in which mutations had been reported in patients with ID or autism as the major clinical concern. We analysed 106 patients with ID of unknown aetiology following array-CGH analysis and other genetic investigations. Ninety per cent of these patients were males, and 75% sporadic cases. Results We identified 26 causative mutations: 16 in X-linked genes (ATRX, CUL4B, DMD, FMR1, HCFC1, IL1RAPL1, IQSEC2, KDM5C, MAOA, MECP2, SLC9A6, SLC16A2, PHF8) and 10 de novo in autosomal-dominant genes (DYRK1A, GRIN1, MED13L, TCF4, RAI1, SHANK3, SLC2A1, SYNGAP1). We also detected four possibly causative mutations (eg, in NLGN3) requiring further investigations. We present detailed reasoning for assigning causality for each mutation, and associated patients' clinical information. Some genes were hit more than once in our cohort, suggesting they correspond to more frequent ID-associated conditions (KDM5C, MECP2, DYRK1A, TCF4). We highlight some unexpected genotype to phenotype correlations, with causative mutations being identified in genes associated to defined syndromes in patients deviating from the classic phenotype (DMD, TCF4, MECP2). We also bring additional supportive (HCFC1, MED13L) or unsupportive (SHROOM4, SRPX2) evidences for the implication of previous candidate genes or mutations in cognitive disorders. Conclusions With a diagnostic yield of 25% targeted sequencing appears relevant as a first intention test for the diagnosis of ID, but importantly will also contribute to a better understanding regarding the specific contribution of the many genes implicated in ID and autism. © 2014 by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. Source

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