19q13.32 microdeletion syndrome: three new cases

Angela Castillo, Nancy Kramer, Charles E Schwartz, Judith H Miles, Barbara R DuPont, Jill A Rosenfeld, John M Graham
European Journal of Medical Genetics 2014, 57 (11-12): 654-8
A previous report described a unique phenotype associated with an apparently de novo 732 kb 19q13.32 microdeletion, consisting of intellectual disability, facial asymmetry, ptosis, oculomotor abnormalities, orofacial clefts, cardiac defects, scoliosis and chronic constipation. We report three unrelated patients with developmental delay and dysmorphic features, who were all found to have interstitial 19q13.32 microdeletions of varying sizes. Both the previously reported patient and our Patient 1 with a larger, 1.3-Mb deletion have distinctive dysmorphic features and medical problems, allowing us to define a recognizable 19q13.32 microdeletion syndrome. Patient 1 was hypotonic and dysmorphic at birth, with aplasia of the posterior corpus callosum, bilateral ptosis, oculomotor paralysis, down-slanting palpebral fissures, facial asymmetry, submucosal cleft palate, micrognathia, wide-spaced nipples, right-sided aortic arch, hypospadias, bilateral inguinal hernias, double toenail of the left second toe, partial 2-3 toe syndactyly, kyphoscoliosis and colonic atony. Therefore, the common features of the 19q13.32 microdeletion syndrome include facial asymmetry, ptosis, oculomotor paralysis, orofacial clefting, micrognathia, kyphoscoliosis, aortic defects and colonic atony. These findings are probably related to a deletion of some combination of the 20-23 genes in common between these two patients, especially NPAS1, NAPA, ARHGAP35, SLC8A2, DHX34, MEIS3, and ZNF541. These candidate genes are expressed in the brain parenchyma, glia, heart, gastrointestinal tract and musculoskeletal system and likely play a fundamental role in the expression of this phenotype. This report delineates the phenotypic spectrum associated with the haploinsufficiency of genes found in 19q13.32.

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