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BACKGROUND Recent reports have suggested a higher risk of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) and Angelman syndrome (AS) after assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), but it is unclear whether this might also apply to other disorders of genomic imprinting. METHODS We contacted families of children with BWS, AS, Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and transient(More)
BACKGROUND Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) is a model imprinting disorder resulting from mutations or epigenetic events affecting imprinted genes at 11p15.5. Most BWS cases are sporadic and result from imprinting errors (epimutations) involving either of the two 11p15.5 imprinting control regions (IC1 and IC2). Previously, we and other reported an(More)
We have developed PhenoTips: open source software for collecting and analyzing phenotypic information for patients with genetic disorders. Our software combines an easy-to-use interface, compatible with any device that runs a Web browser, with a standardized database back end. The PhenoTips' user interface closely mirrors clinician workflows so as to(More)
Advances in genetic technology over the past 10 years have revealed the polygenic basis of thoracic aortic aneurysm and thoracic aortic acute dissection (TAAD) in a subset of patients. There is mounting evidence to show that clinical risk stratification for aneurysmal dilatation and acute dissection can be based on genotype for some of the known genes,(More)
We present the longest known surviving case of a male infant with a mosaic complete trisomy 1q. Born at 39 weeks of gestation with respiratory distress, his weight was 3,330 g (25th centile); he had micrognathia, a posterior cleft of palate, abnormal ears and left thumb, syndactyly, and an absent corpus callosum. Initial blood karyotype was normal (46,XY).(More)
Synaptic function is central to brain function. Understanding the synapse is aided by studies of patients lacking individual synaptic proteins. Common neurological diseases are genetically complex. Their understanding is likewise simplified by studies of less common monogenic forms. We detail the disease caused by absence of the synaptic protein CNKSR2 in 8(More)
Loeys-Dietz syndrome is a connective tissue disorder predisposing individuals to aortic and arterial aneurysms. Presenting with a wide spectrum of multisystem involvement, medical management for some individuals is complex. This review of literature and expert opinion aims to provide medical guidelines for care of individuals with Loeys-Dietz syndrome.
Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) results from mutations or epigenetic events involving imprinted genes at 11p15.5. Most BWS cases are sporadic and uniparental disomy (UPD) or putative imprinting errors predominate in this group. Sporadic cases with putative imprinting defects may be subdivided into (a) those with loss of imprinting (LOI) of IGF2 and H19(More)
BACKGROUND Genomic imprinting is an epigenetic process in which allele-specific gene expression is dependent on the parental inheritance. Although only a minority of human genes are imprinted, those that have been identified to date have been preferentially implicated in prenatal growth and neurodevelopment. Mutations or epimutations in imprinted genes or(More)