Further expanding the mutational spectrum and investigation of genotype-phenotype correlation in 3M syndrome

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Simsek-Kiper P. O., Taskiran E., KOŞUKCU C., ARSLAN U. E., Cormier-Daire V., Gonc N., ...More

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL GENETICS PART A, vol.179, no.7, pp.1157-1172, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 179 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/ajmg.a.61154
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1157-1172
  • Keywords: 20p13p12.3 deletion, 3M syndrome, BMP2, CUL7, genotype-phenotype correlation, OBSL1, 3-M SYNDROME, MICRODELETION, BMP2, PATIENT, CUL7, CONTRIBUTES, VARIANTS, SKELETAL, FEATURES, DELETION
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


3M syndrome is characterized by severe pre- and postnatal growth retardation, typical facial features, and normal intelligence. Homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in either CUL7, OBSL1, or CCDC8 have been identified in the etiology so far. Clinical and molecular features of 24 patients (23 patients and a fetus) from 19 unrelated families with a clinical diagnosis of 3M syndrome were evaluated and genotype-phenotype correlations were investigated with the use of DNA sequencing, chromosomal microarray, and whole exome sequencing accordingly. A genetic etiology could be established in 20 patients (n = 20/24, 83%). Eleven distinct CUL7 or OBSL1 mutations, among which eight was novel, were identified in 18 patients (n = 18/24, 75%). Ten patients had CUL7 (n = 10/18, 56%) while eight had OBSL1 (n = 8/18, 44%) mutations. Birth weight and height standard deviation scores at admission were significantly (p < 0.05) lower in patients with CUL7 mutation compared to that of patients with OBSL1 mutation. Two patients with a similar phenotype had a de novo 20p13p deletion involving BMP2. No genetic etiology could be established in four patients (n = 4/28, 17%). This study yet represents the largest cohort of 3M syndrome patients from a single center in Turkey. Microdeletions involving BMP2 may cause a phenotype similar to 3M syndrome with some distinctive features. Larger cohort of patients are required to establish genotype-phenotype correlations in 3M syndrome.