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ID: 532565.0, MPI für molekulare Genetik / Department of Human Molecular Genetics
A clinical and molecular genetic study of 112 Iranian families with primary microcephaly.
Authors:Darvish, H. .; Nieh, Sahar Esmaeeli; Monajemi, G. B.; Mohseni, M.; Ghasemi-Firouzabadi, S.; Abedini, S. S.; Bahman, I.; P Jamali, P.; Azimi, S.; Mojahedi, F.; Dehghan, A.; Shafeghati, Y.; Jankhah, A.; Falah, M.; Soltani Banavandi, M. J.; Ghani-Kakhi, M.; Garshasbi, M.; Rakhshani, F.; Naghavi, A.; Tzschach, Andreas; Neitzel, H.; Ropers, Hans-Hilger; Kuss, Andreas W.; Behjati, F.; Kahrizi, K.; Najmabadi, Hossein
Research Context:This project was sponsored by the deputy of research at the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, grant number: 801/4/85/18867.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010-10-26
Title of Journal:Journal of Medical Genetics.
Journal Abbrev.:J. Med. Genet.
Issue / Number:12
Start Page:823
End Page:828
Copyright:© 2010 by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. All rights reserved.
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:Background: Primary microcephaly (MCPH) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder showing an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance. Affected individuals present with head circumferences more than three SDs below the age- and sex-matched population mean, associated with mild to severe mental retardation. Five genes (MCPH1, CDK5RAP2, ASPM, CENPJ, STIL) and two genomic loci, MCPH2 and MCPH4, have been identified so far.
Methods and results: In this study, we investigated all seven MCPH loci in patients with primary microcephaly from 112 Consanguineous Iranian families. In addition to a thorough clinical characterisation, karyotype analyses were performed for all patients. For Homozygosity mapping, microsatellite markers were selected for each locus and used for genotyping. Our investigation enabled us to detect homozygosity at MCPH1 (Microcephalin) in eight families, at MCPH5 (ASPM) in thirtheen families. Three families showed homozygosity at MCPH2 and five at MCPH6 (CENPJ), and two families were linked to MCPH7 (STIL). The remaining 81 families were not linked to any of the seven known loci. Subsequent sequencing revealed eight, 10 and one novel mutations in Microcephalin, ASPM and CENPJ, respectively. In some families, additional features such as short stature, seizures or congenital hearing loss were observed in the microcephalic patient, which widens the spectrum of clinical manifestations of mutations in known microcephaly genes.
Conclusion: Our results show that the molecular basis of microcephaly is heterogeneous; thus, the Iranian population may provide a unique source for the identification of further genes underlying this disorder.
Comment of the Author/Creator:Correspondence to Hossein Najmabadi, Genetics Research Centre, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Kodakyar Street, Daneshjo Ave, Tehran, Iran; hnajm12@yahoo.com
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Hans-Hilger Ropers
Affiliations:MPI für molekulare Genetik
External Affiliations:1.Genetics Research Centre, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran;
2.Genetics Counselling Center, Ali Akbar Welfare Organization, Shahroud, Semnan, Iran;
3.Genetics Counselling Center, Mashhad Welfare Organization, Mashhad, Iran;
4.Yazd Welfare Organization, Yazd, Iran;
5.Genetics Counseling Centre, Shiraz Welfare Organization, Shiraz, Iran;
6.Microbiology Department, Islamic Azad University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran;
7.Institute of Human Genetics, Charité Medical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany;
8.Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran;
9.Molecular Genetics department, Kariminejad-Najmabadi Pathology and Genetics Centre, Tehran, Iran.
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