Jean-Pierre Frijns

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PURPOSE Prader-Willi syndrome is associated with hypogonadism. Cryptorchidism is found in 93% of cases and considered a phenotypic criterion. Men with Prader-Willi syndrome are thought to be infertile. To study the fertility probability in boys with Prader-Willi syndrome we analyzed testicular histology in 8 prepubertal boys and 1 man. MATERIALS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Ring chromosome 20 syndrome is a rare chromosomal disorder. METHODS In six patients, we focused on the presenting epileptic phenotype, the behavioral and mental problems and the relationship between the ratio of mosaicism and the age at onset of the epilepsy. RESULTS All patients presented with pharmacoresistant frontal lobe complex partial(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that patients with advanced maternal age (AMA) have a higher implantation rate (IR) after embryo transfer of embryos with a normal chromosomal pattern for the chromosomes studied with preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) compared with patients who had an embryo transfer without PGS. DESIGN Prospective randomized(More)
In a cohort of 103 females clinically diagnosed with Rett syndrome (RTT), 91 had a detectable MECP2 mutation. Emphasis on details of natural history facilitated grouping of females with the same MECP2 mutation and the development of so-called disorder profiles. Some examples of disorder profiles of different recurrent MECP2 mutations are discussed. RTT(More)
A male patient, who had intra-uterine growth retardation, a low birth weight and hypotonia due to a chromosome 2q33.1 deletion, is described. At the age of 20 years, he displays short stature, microcephaly, a high forehead, microstomia, large teeth and is hypertonic. He is severely mentally retarded, has not developed speech, is hyperactive, anxious and at(More)
Rett syndrome (RTT; OMIM 312750) is an X-linked dominant neurodevelopmental disorder leading to cognitive and motor impairment, epilepsy, and autonomic dysfunction in females. Since the discovery that RTT is caused by mutations in MECP2, large retrospective genotype-phenotype correlation studies have been performed. A number of general genotype-phenotype(More)
The East Flanders Prospective Twin Survey (EFPTS) is a prospective, population-based registry of multiple births in the province of East-Flanders, Belgium. EFPTS has several unique features: it is population-based and prospective, with the possibility of long-term follow-up; the twins (and higher order multiple births) are recruited at birth; basic(More)
Costello syndrome is a mental retardation syndrome characterized by high birth weight, postnatal growth retardation, coarse face, loose skin, cardiovascular problems, and tumor predisposition. De novo heterozygous missense mutations in HRAS codon 12 and 13 disturbing the intrinsic GTP hydrolysis cause Costello syndrome. We report a patient with typical(More)
BACKGROUND The natural dizygotic (DZ) twinning rate has been proposed as a reliable and useful measure of human fecundity, if adjusted for maternal age at twin birth. The aim of this study was to analyze age-adjusted trends in natural DZ twinning rates over the past 40 years using data from the 'East Flanders Prospective Twin Survey (EFPTS)'. METHODS This(More)
Holt-Oram syndrome (MIM #142900) is an autosomal-dominant disorder characterized by radial ray deformities of the upper limb associated with cardiac septation and/or conduction defects. The disorder is caused by mutations in the transcription factor TBX5. Several studies report a rather low detection rate (range, 22-35%) of TBX5 mutations in patients with a(More)