Developmental delay and connective tissue disorder in four patients sharing a common microdeletion at 6q13-14
Van Esch, Hilde × Rosser, Elisabeth M Janssens, Sandra Van Ingelghem, Ingrid Loeys, Bart Menten, Bjorn #
BMJ Publishing Group
Journal of Medical Genetics vol:47 issue:10 pages:717-720
Interstitial deletions of the long arm of chromosome 6 are rare, and most reported cases represent large, cytogenetically detectable deletions. The implementation of array comparative genome hybridisation in the diagnostic work-up of patients presenting with congenital disorders, including developmental delay, has enabled identification of many patients with smaller chromosomal imbalances. In this report, the cases are presented of four patients with a de novo interstitial deletion of chromosome 6q13-14, resulting in a common microdeletion of 3.7 Mb. All presented with developmental delay, mild dysmorphism and signs of lax connective tissue. Interestingly, the common deleted region harbours 16 genes, of which COL12A1 is a good candidate for the connective tissue pathology.