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Somatic mosaicism in a mother of two children with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome


Steinbusch, C V M; van Roozendaal, K E P; Tserpelis, D; Smeets, E E J; Kranenburg-de Koning, T J; de Waal, K H; Zweier, C; Rauch, A; Hennekam, R C M; Blok, M J; Schrander-Stumpel, C T R M (2013). Somatic mosaicism in a mother of two children with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome. Clinical Genetics, 83(1):73-77.

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Steinbusch CVM, van Roozendaal KEP, Tserpelis D, Smeets EEJ, Kranenburg-de Koning TJ, de Waal KH, Zweier C, Rauch A, Hennekam RCM, Blok MJ, Schrander-Stumpel CTRM. Somatic mosaicism in a mother of two children with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome. Pitt-Hopkins syndrome (PTHS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by intellectual disability, unusual face and breathing abnormalities and can be caused by haploinsufficiency of TCF4. The majority of cases are sporadic. Somatic mosaicism was reported infrequently. We report on a proband with typical manifestations of PTHS and his younger brother with a less striking phenotype. In both, a heterozygous frameshift mutation (c.1901_1909delinsA, p.Ala634AspfsX67) was found in exon 19 of TCF4. The same mutation was found at low levels in DNA extracted from the mother's blood, urine and saliva. This report of familial recurrence with somatic mosaicism in a healthy mother has important consequences for genetic counseling. We suggest careful studies in parents of other patients with PTHS to determine the frequency of germline and somatic mosaicism for TCF4 mutations.

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Steinbusch CVM, van Roozendaal KEP, Tserpelis D, Smeets EEJ, Kranenburg-de Koning TJ, de Waal KH, Zweier C, Rauch A, Hennekam RCM, Blok MJ, Schrander-Stumpel CTRM. Somatic mosaicism in a mother of two children with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome. Pitt-Hopkins syndrome (PTHS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by intellectual disability, unusual face and breathing abnormalities and can be caused by haploinsufficiency of TCF4. The majority of cases are sporadic. Somatic mosaicism was reported infrequently. We report on a proband with typical manifestations of PTHS and his younger brother with a less striking phenotype. In both, a heterozygous frameshift mutation (c.1901_1909delinsA, p.Ala634AspfsX67) was found in exon 19 of TCF4. The same mutation was found at low levels in DNA extracted from the mother's blood, urine and saliva. This report of familial recurrence with somatic mosaicism in a healthy mother has important consequences for genetic counseling. We suggest careful studies in parents of other patients with PTHS to determine the frequency of germline and somatic mosaicism for TCF4 mutations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Medical Genetics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:25 Mar 2013 08:18
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 19:07
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0009-9163
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1399-0004.2012.01857.x
PubMed ID:22335494

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