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Waratah, Australia

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Waratah, Australia
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Schonewolf-Greulich B.,Kennedy Center | Ronan A.,Hunter Genetics Unit | Ronan A.,University of Newcastle | Ravn K.,Kennedy Center | And 9 more authors.
American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A | Year: 2011

Microdeletion of the 17q23.2 region has very recently been suggested as a new emerging syndrome based on the finding of 8 cases with common phenotypes including mild-to-moderate developmental delay, heart defects, microcephaly, postnatal growth retardation, and hand, foot, and limb abnormalities. In this report, we describe two new 17q23.2 deletion patients with mild intellectual disability and sensorineural hearing loss. They both had submicroscopic deletions smaller than the common deleted region for the 8 previously described 17q23.2 microdeletion cases. TBX4 was previously suggested as the responsible gene for the heart or limb defects observed in 17q23.2 deletion patients, but the present cases do not have these features despite deletion of this gene. The finding of sensorineural hearing loss in 5 of the 10 cases, including the present cases, with a microdeletion at17q23.2, strongly suggests the presence of a candidate gene for hearing loss within this region. We screened 41 patients with profound sensorineural hearing loss for mutations of TBX2 and detected no mutations. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Maupetit-Mehouas S.,University of Paris Descartes | Mariot V.,University of Paris Descartes | Reynes C.,University Paris Diderot | Bertrand G.,University Paris Diderot | And 13 more authors.
Journal of Medical Genetics | Year: 2011

Background: Pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ib (PHP-Ib) is due to epigenetic changes at the imprinted GNAS locus, including loss of methylation at the A/B differentially methylated region (DMR) and sometimes at the XL and AS DMRs and gain of methylation at the NESP DMR. Objective: To investigate if quantitative measurement of the methylation at the GNAS DMRs identifies subtypes of PHP-Ib. Design and methods: In 19 patients with PHP-Ib and 7 controls, methylation was characterised at the four GNAS DMRs through combined bisulfite restriction analysis and quantified through cytosine specific realtime PCR in blood lymphocyte DNA. Results: A principal component analysis using the per cent of methylation at seven cytosines of the GNAS locus provided three clusters of subjects (controls n=7, autosomal dominant PHP-Ib with loss of methylation restricted to the A/B DMR n=3, and sporadic PHP-Ib with broad GNAS methylation changes n=16) that matched perfectly the combined bisulfite restriction analysis classification. Furthermore, three sub-clusters of patients with sporadic PHP-Ib, that displayed different patterns of methylation, were identified: incomplete changes at all DMRs compatible with somatic mosaicism (n=5), profound epigenetic changes at all DMRs (n=8), and unmodified methylation at XL in contrast with the other DMRs (n=3). Interestingly, parathyroid hormone concentration at the time of diagnosis correlated with the per cent of methylation at the A/B DMR. Conclusion: Quantitative assessment of the methylation in blood lymphocyte DNA is of clinical relevance, allows the diagnosis of PHP-Ib, and identifies subtypes of PHPIb. These epigenetic findings suggest mosaicism at least in some patients.

Vilain R.E.,Hunter New England Health Service | Dudding T.,Hunter Genetics Unit | Braye S.G.,Hunter New England Health Service | Groombridge C.,Hunter Genetics Unit | And 5 more authors.
Clinical Genetics | Year: 2011

Familial gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) are rare but otherwise well-characterized tumour syndromes, most commonly occurring on a background of germline-activating mutations in the tyrosine kinase receptor c-KIT. The associated clinical spectrum reflects the constitutive activation of this gene product across a number of cell lines, generating gain-of-function phenotypes in interstitial cells of Cajal (GIST and dysphagia), mast cells (mastocytosis) and melanocytes (hyperpigmentation). We report a three-generation kindred harbouring a c-KIT germline-activating mutation resulting in multifocal GISTs, dysphagia and a complex melanocyte hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation disorder, the latter with features typical of those observed in Waardenburg type 2 syndrome (WS2F). Sequencing of genes known to be causative for WS [microphthalmia transcription factor (MITF), Pax3, Sox10, SNAI2] failed to show any candidate mutations to explain this complex cutaneous depigmentation phenotype. Our case report conclusively expands the clinical spectrum of familial GISTs and shows a hitherto unrecognized link to WS. Possible mechanisms responsible for this novel cause of WS2F will be discussed. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

Bachmann-Gagescu R.,University of Washington | Ishak G.E.,University of Washington | Dempsey J.C.,University of Washington | Adkins J.,University of Washington | And 15 more authors.
Journal of Medical Genetics | Year: 2012

Background: Joubert syndrome (JS) is a ciliopathy characterised by a distinctive brain malformation (the 'molar tooth sign'), developmental delay, abnormal eye movements and abnormal breathing pattern. Retinal dystrophy, cystic kidney disease, liver fibrosis and polydactyly are variably present, resulting in significant phenotypic heterogeneity and overlap with other ciliopathies. JS is also genetically heterogeneous, resulting from mutations in 13 genes. These factors render clinical/molecular diagnosis and management challenging. CC2D2A mutations are a relatively common cause of JS and also cause Meckel syndrome. The clinical consequences of CC2D2A mutations in patients with JS have been incompletely reported. Methods: Subjects with JS from 209 families were evaluated to identify mutations in CC2D2A. Clinical and imaging features in subjects with CC2D2A mutations were compared with those in subjects without CC2D2A mutations and reports in the literature. Results: 10 novel CC2D2A mutations in 20 subjects were identified; a summary is provided of all published CC2D2A mutations. Subjects with CC2D2A-related JS were more likely to have ventriculomegaly (p<0.0001) and seizures (p=0.024) than subjects without CC2D2A mutations. No mutation-specific genotypeephenotype correlations could be identified, but the findings confirm the observation that mutations that cause CC2D2Arelated JS are predicted to be less deleterious than mutations that cause CC2D2A-related Meckel syndrome. Missense variants in the coiled-coil and C2 domains, as well as the C-terminal region, identify these regions as important for the biological mechanisms underlying JS. Conclusions: CC2D2A testing should be prioritised in patients with JS and ventriculomegaly and/or seizures. Patients with CC2D2A-related JS should be monitored for hydrocephalus and seizures.

PubMed | Hunter Genetics Unit
Type: | Journal: BMJ case reports | Year: 2011

A 4.3 Mb duplication of chromosome 21 bands q22.13-q22.2 was diagnosed by interphase fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH) in a 31 week gestational age baby with cystic hygroma and hydrops; the duplication was later found in the mother and in her 8-year-old daughter. All had the facial gestalt of Down syndrome (DS). This is the smallest accurately defined duplication of chromosome 21 reported with a DS phenotype. The duplication encompasses the gene DYRK1 but not DSCR1 or DSCAM. Previous karyotype analysis and telomere screening of the mother, and karyotype analysis and metaphase FISH of a chorionic villus sample, had all failed to reveal the duplication. The findings in this family add to the identification and delineation of a critical region for the DS phenotype on chromosome 21.

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