Molecular and phenotypic characterization of atypical Williams-Beuren syndrome

J. Euteneuer, C. M.B. Carvalho, S. Kulkarni, M. Vineyard, R. Mark Grady, J. R. Lupski, M. Shinawi

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Abstract

Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) is a multisystemic genomic disorder typically caused by a recurrent 1.5-1.8Mb deletion on 7q11.23. Atypical deletions can provide important insight into the genotype-phenotype correlations. Here, we report the phenotypic and molecular characterization of a girl with a de novo 81.8kb deletion in the WBS critical region, which involves the ELN and LIMK1 genes only. The patient presented at 2months of age with extensive vascular abnormalities, mild facial dysmorphism and delays in her fine motor skills. We discuss potential molecular mechanisms and the role of ELN and LIMK1 in the different phenotypic features. We compare the findings in our patient with previously reported overlapping deletions. The phenotypic variability among these patients suggests that other factors are important in the phenotype and possibly include: position effects related to copy number variation size, variations in the non-deleted alleles, genetic modifiers elsewhere in the genome, or reduced penetrance for specific phenotypes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-491
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Genetics
Volume86
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

Keywords

  • 7q11.23
  • Deletion
  • Elastin
  • LIMK1
  • Microarray
  • Williams-Beuren syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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    Euteneuer, J., Carvalho, C. M. B., Kulkarni, S., Vineyard, M., Mark Grady, R., Lupski, J. R., & Shinawi, M. (2014). Molecular and phenotypic characterization of atypical Williams-Beuren syndrome. Clinical Genetics, 86(5), 487-491. https://doi.org/10.1111/cge.12305