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McInerney-Leo A.M.,Queensland University of Technology | McInerney-Leo A.M.,University of Queensland | Goff C.L.,Paris-Sorbonne University | Leo P.J.,Queensland University of Technology | And 18 more authors.
Journal of Medical Genetics | Year: 2016

Background Acromelic dysplasias are a group of disorders characterised by short stature, brachydactyly, limited joint extension and thickened skin and comprises acromicric dysplasia (AD), geleophysic dysplasia (GD), Myhre syndrome and Weill-Marchesani syndrome. Mutations in several genes have been identified for these disorders (including latent transforming growth factor ß (TGF-ß)-binding protein-2 (LTBP2), ADAMTS10, ADAMSTS17 and fibrillin-1 (FBN1) for Weill-Marchesani syndrome, ADAMTSL2 for recessive GD and FBN1 for AD and dominant GD), encoding proteins involved in the microfibrillar network. However, not all cases have mutations in these genes. Methods Individuals negative for mutations in known acromelic dysplasia genes underwent whole exome sequencing. Results A heterozygous missense mutation (exon 14: c.2087C>G: p.Ser696Cys) in latent transforming growth factor ß (TGF-ß)-binding protein-3 (LTBP3) was identified in a dominant AD family. Two distinct de novo heterozygous LTPB3 mutations were also identified in two unrelated GD individuals who had died in early childhood from respiratory failure-a donor splice site mutation (exon 12 c.1846+5G>A) and a stop-loss mutation (exon 28: c.3912A>T: p.1304*Cysext*12). Conclusions The constellation of features in these AD and GD cases, including postnatal growth retardation of long bones and lung involvement, is reminiscent of the null ltbp3 mice phenotype. We conclude that LTBP3 is a novel component of the microfibrillar network involved in the acromelic dysplasia spectrum. © 2016 by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. Source

Bui C.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Huber C.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Tuysuz B.,Istanbul University | Alanay Y.,Acibadem University | And 6 more authors.
American Journal of Human Genetics | Year: 2014

Desbuquois dysplasia (DBQD) is a severe condition characterized by short stature, joint laxity, and advanced carpal ossification. Based on the presence of additional hand anomalies, we have previously distinguished DBQD type 1 and identified CANT1 (calcium activated nucleotidase 1) mutations as responsible for DBQD type 1. We report here the identification of five distinct homozygous xylosyltransferase 1 (XYLT1) mutations in seven DBQD type 2 subjects from six consanguineous families. Among the five mutations, four were expected to result in loss of function and a drastic reduction of XYLT1 cDNA level was demonstrated in two cultured individual fibroblasts. Because xylosyltransferase 1 (XT-I) catalyzes the very first step in proteoglycan (PG) biosynthesis, we further demonstrated in the two individual fibroblasts a significant reduction of cellular PG content. Our findings of XYLT1 mutations in DBQD type 2 further support a common physiological basis involving PG synthesis in the multiple dislocation group of disorders. This observation sheds light on the key role of the XT-I during the ossification process. © 2014 The American Society of Human Genetics. Source

Huber C.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Faqeih E.A.,King Fahad Medical City | Bartholdi D.,University of Zurich | Bole-Feysot C.,Plateforme de Genomique | And 12 more authors.
American Journal of Human Genetics | Year: 2013

Opsismodysplasia (OPS) is a severe autosomal-recessive chondrodysplasia characterized by pre- and postnatal micromelia with extremely short hands and feet. The main radiological features are severe platyspondyly, squared metacarpals, delayed skeletal ossification, and metaphyseal cupping. In order to identify mutations causing OPS, a total of 16 cases (7 terminated pregnancies and 9 postnatal cases) from 10 unrelated families were included in this study. We performed exome sequencing in three cases from three unrelated families and only one gene was found to harbor mutations in all three cases: inositol polyphosphate phosphatase-like 1 (INPPL1). Screening INPPL1 in the remaining cases identified a total of 12 distinct INPPL1 mutations in the 10 families, present at the homozygote state in 7 consanguinous families and at the compound heterozygote state in the 3 remaining families. Most mutations (6/12) resulted in premature stop codons, 2/12 were splice site, and 4/12 were missense mutations located in the catalytic domain, 5-phosphatase. INPPL1 belongs to the inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate 5-phosphatase family, a family of signal-modulating enzymes that govern a plethora of cellular functions by regulating the levels of specific phosphoinositides. Our finding of INPPL1 mutations in OPS, a severe spondylodysplastic dysplasia with major growth plate disorganization, supports a key and specific role of this enzyme in endochondral ossification. © 2013 The American Society of Human Genetics. Source

Bacrot S.,University of Paris Descartes | Doyard M.,University of Paris Descartes | Huber C.,University of Paris Descartes | Alibeu O.,Plateforme de Genomique | And 9 more authors.
Human Mutation | Year: 2015

Cerebro-costo-mandibular syndrome (CCMS) is a developmental disorder characterized by the association of Pierre Robin sequence and posterior rib defects. Exome sequencing and Sanger sequencing in five unrelated CCMS patients revealed five heterozygous variants in the small nuclear ribonucleoprotein polypeptides B and B1 (SNRPB) gene. This gene includes three transcripts, namely transcripts 1 and 2, encoding components of the core spliceosomal machinery (SmB′ and SmB) and transcript 3 undergoing nonsense-mediated mRNA decay. All variants were located in the premature termination codon (PTC)-introducing alternative exon of transcript 3. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis revealed a significant increase in transcript 3 levels in leukocytes of CCMS individuals compared to controls. We conclude that CCMS is due to heterozygous mutations in SNRPB, enhancing inclusion of a SNRPB PTC-introducing alternative exon, and show that this developmental disease is caused by defects in the splicing machinery. Our finding confirms the report of SNRPB mutations in CCMS patients by Lynch et al. (2014) and further extends the clinical and molecular observations. © 2014 WILEY PERIODICALS, INC. Source

Willemsen M.H.,Radboud University Nijmegen | Valles A.,Radboud University Nijmegen | Valles A.,Maastricht University | Kirkels L.A.M.H.,Radboud University Nijmegen | And 16 more authors.
Journal of Medical Genetics | Year: 2011

Background: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding gene transcripts involved in post-transcriptional regulation of genes. Recent studies identified miRNAs as important regulators of learning and memory in model organisms. So far, no mutations in specific miRNA genes have been associated with impaired cognitive functions. Methods and results: In three sibs and two unrelated patients with intellectual disability (ID), overlapping 1p21.3 deletions were detected by genome-wide array analysis. The shortest region of overlap included dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPYD) and microRNA 137 (MIR137). DPYD is involved in autosomal recessive dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase deficiency. Hemizygous DPYD deletions were previously suggested to contribute to a phenotype with autism spectrum disorder and speech delay. Interestingly, the mature microRNA transcript microRNA-137 (miR-137) was recently shown to be involved in modulating neurogenesis in adult murine neuronal stem cells. Therefore, this study investigated the possible involvement of MIR137 in the 1p21.3-deletion phenotype. The patients displayed a significantly decreased expression of both precursor and mature miR-137 levels, as well as significantly increased expression of the validated downstream targets microphthalmiaassociated transcription factor (MITF) and Enhancer of Zeste, Drosophila, Homologue 2 (EZH2), and the newly identified target Kruppel-like factor 4 (KLF4). The study also demonstrated significant enrichment of miR-137 at the synapses of cortical and hippocampal neurons, suggesting a role of miR-137 in regulating local synaptic protein synthesis machinery. Conclusions: This study showed that dosage effects of MIR137 are associated with 1p21.3 microdeletions and may therefore contribute to the ID phenotype in patients with deletions harbouring this miRNA. A local effect at the synapse might be responsible. Source

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