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Xue Y.,Emory University | Schoser B.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Rao A.R.,University of California at Los Angeles | Quadrelli R.,Institute Genetica Medica | And 7 more authors.
Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics | Year: 2016

Background - Previously, we reported a rare X-linked disorder, Uruguay syndrome in a single family. The main features are pugilistic facies, skeletal deformities, and muscular hypertrophy despite a lack of exercise and cardiac ventricular hypertrophy leading to premature death. Methods and Results - An ≈19 Mb critical region on X chromosome was identified through identity-by-descent analysis of 3 affected males. Exome sequencing was conducted on one affected male to identify the disease-causing gene and variant. A splice site variant (c.502-2A>G) in the FHL1 gene was highly suspicious among other candidate genes and variants. FHL1A is the predominant isoform of FHL1 in cardiac and skeletal muscle. Sequencing cDNA showed the splice site variant led to skipping of exons 6 of the FHL1A isoform, equivalent to the FHL1C isoform. Targeted analysis showed that this splice site variant cosegregated with disease in the family. Western blot and immunohistochemical analysis of muscle from the proband showed a significant decrease in protein expression of FHL1A. Real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis of different isoforms of FHL1 demonstrated that the FHL1C is markedly increased. Conclusions - Mutations in the FHL1 gene have been reported in disorders with skeletal and cardiac myopathy but none has the skeletal or facial phenotype seen in patients with Uruguay syndrome. Our data suggest that a novel FHL1 splice site variant results in the absence of FHL1A and the abundance of FHL1C, which may contribute to the complex and severe phenotype. Mutation screening of the FHL1 gene should be considered for patients with uncharacterized myopathies and cardiomyopathies. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc. Source

Giugliani R.,Servico de Genetica Medica | Giugliani R.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Giugliani R.,Instituto Nacional Of Genetica Medica Populacional | Villarreal M.L.S.,Asociacion Colombiana de Neurologia Infantil | And 10 more authors.
Genetics and Molecular Biology | Year: 2014

This review aims to provide clinicians in Latin America with the most current information on the clinical aspects, diagnosis, and management of Hunter syndrome, a serious and progressive disease for which specific treatment is available. Hunter syndrome is a genetic disorder where iduronate-2-sulfatase (I2S), an enzyme that degrades glycosa-minoglycans, is absent or deficient. Clinical manifestations vary widely in severity and involve multiple organs and tissues. An attenuated and a severe phenotype are recognized depending on the degree of cognitive impairment. Early diagnosis is vital for disease management. Clinical signs common to children with Hunter syndrome include inguinal hernia, frequent ear and respiratory infections, facial dysmorphisms, macrocephaly, bone dysplasia, short stature, sleep apnea, and behavior problems. Diagnosis is based on screening urinary glycosaminoglycans and confirmation by measuring I2S activity and analyzing I2S gene mutations. Idursulfase (recombinant I2S) (Elaprase®, Shire) enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), designed to address the underlying enzyme deficiency, is approved treatment and improves walking capacity and respiratory function, and reduces spleen and liver size and urinary glycosaminoglycan levels. Additional measures, responding to the multi-organ manifestations, such as abdominal/inguinal hernia repair, carpal tunnel surgery, and cardiac valve replacement, should also be considered. Investigational treatment options such as intrathecal ERT are active areas of research, and bone marrow transplantation is in clinical practice. Communication among care providers, social workers, patients and families is essential to inform and guide their decisions, establish realistic expectations, and assess patients’ responses. © 2014, Sociedade Brasileira de Genética. Source

Spangenberg L.,Institute Pasteur Of Montevideo | Grana M.,Institute Pasteur Of Montevideo | Greif G.,Institute Pasteur Of Montevideo | Suarez-Rivero J.M.,Pablo De Olavide University | And 8 more authors.
Mitochondrion | Year: 2016

Mitochondrial diseases are a group of clinically heterogeneous disorders that can be difficult to diagnose.We report a two and a half year old girl with clinical symptoms compatible with Leigh disease but with no definitive diagnosis.Using next generation sequencing we found that mutation 3697G. >. A was responsible for the patient's clinical symptoms. Corroboration was performed via segregation analysis in mother and sister and by evolutionary analysis that showed that the mutation is located in a highly conserved region across a wide range of species. Functional analyses corroborated the mutation effect and indicated that the pathophysiological alterations were partially restored by Coenzyme Q10. In addition, we proposed that the presence of the mutation at high frequencies causes the phenotype in the patient, while other family members with intermediate levels of heteroplasmy are symptoms-free. © 2016 . Source

Grossmann V.,Innsbruck Medical University | HoCkner M.,Service de genetique medicale | Karmous-Benailly H.,Service de genetique medicale | Liang D.,Central South University | And 9 more authors.
Clinical Genetics | Year: 2010

Grossmann V, Höckner M, Karmous-Benailly H, Liang D, Puttinger R, Quadrelli R, Röthlisberger B, Huber A, Wu L, Spreiz A, Fauth C, Erdel M, Zschocke J, Utermann G, Kotzot D. Parental origin of apparently balanced de novo complex chromosomal rearrangements investigated by microdissection, whole genome amplification, and microsatellite-mediated haplotype analysis.Complex chromosomal rearrangements (CCRs) are rare findings in clinical cytogenetics. As a result of the high risk of unbalanced segregation, familial cases are even rarer and maternal transmission occurs more frequently than paternal transmission. Analogous to Drosophila and mice, as well as to CCRs involving the Y chromosome or a clinically relevant associated deletion, a preferential origin in spermatogenesis has been assumed but not proven directly and systematically thus far. Here, we investigated three healthy adults, one healthy child, and one child with multiple congenital anomalies and various balanced de novo CCRs. The analyses were performed in each case on 10 copies of a derivative chromosome and their normal homologs by glass-needle microdissection, whole genome amplification (WGA), and microsatellite-mediated haplotype analysis. With respect to the number of chromosomes involved in each case and in all cases together, the number of chromosomal segments in each case and in all cases together, and the number of breakpoints in each case and in all cases together, the conformity for paternal origin of all derivative chromosomes and maternal origin of their normal homologs makes formation in paternal germline more likely than a postzygotic formation with an accidental uniformity. In conclusion, our results confirm the preferential formation of de novo balanced CCRs in the paternal germline. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Source

Strehle E.-M.,Institute of Human Genetics | Yu L.,University of California at Irvine | Rosenfeld J.A.,Signature | Donkervoort S.,University of California at Irvine | And 19 more authors.
American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A | Year: 2012

Chromosome 4q deletion syndrome (4q- syndrome) is a rare condition, with an estimated incidence of 1 in 100,000. Although variable, the clinical spectrum commonly includes craniofacial, developmental, digital, skeletal, and cardiac involvement. Data on the genotype-phenotype correlation within the 4q arm are limited. We present detailed clinical and genetic information by array CGH on 20 patients with 4q deletions. We identified a patient who has a ∼465kb deletion (186,770,069-187,234,800, hg18 coordinates) in 4q35.1 with all clinical features for 4q deletion syndrome except for developmental delay, suggesting that this is a critical region for this condition and a specific gene responsible for orofacial clefts and congenital heart defects resides in this region. Since the patients with terminal deletions all had cleft palate, our results provide further evidence that a gene associated with clefts is located on the terminal segment of 4q. By comparing and contrasting our patients' genetic information and clinical features, we found significant genotype-phenotype correlations at a single gene level linking specific phenotypes to individual genes. Based on these data, we constructed a hypothetical partial phenotype-genotype map for chromosome 4q which includes BMP3, SEC31A, MAPK10, SPARCL1, DMP1, IBSP, PKD2, GRID2, PITX2, NEUROG2, ANK2, FGF2, HAND2, and DUX4 genes. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

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