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Journal of Pediatric Genetics is an English multidisciplinary peer-reviewed international journal publishing articles on all aspects of genetics in childhood and of the genetics of experimental models. These topics include clinical genetics, molecular genetics, biochemical genetics, formal genetics, neuropsychiatric genetics, behavioral genetics, community genetics, cytogenetics, hereditary or syndromic cancer genetics, genetic mapping, reproductive genetics, fetal pathology and prenatal diagnosis, multiple congenital anomaly syndromes, and molecular embryology of birth defects.
Journal of Pediatric Genetics provides an in-depth update on new subjects, and current comprehensive coverage of the latest techniques in the diagnosis of childhood genetics.
Journal of Pediatric Genetics encourages submissions from all authors throughout the world.
The following articles will be considered for publication: editorials, original and review articles, short report, rapid communications, case reports, letters to the editor, and book reviews. The aim of the journal is to share and disseminate knowledge between all disciplines that work in the field of pediatric genetics.
Abstract: There are mounting expectations that health care will be rapidly transformed by developments in genetics. While genetic technologies bring hope for effective diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of medical conditions, challenges have also emerged as to its application. Simply put, how do we ensure that knowledge gleaned from diverse sources will be collected, consulted, analyzed appropriately, and turned into informed policy? This question is particularly relevant for a broad community of stakeholders including pediatric health care professionals and policy makers, because as stakeholders they have a voice in how the information is ultimately used. New strategies are needed…to involve all users of the knowledge particularly early on in the process. A team funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research is currently focusing on this issue and is proposing a knowledge translation strategy relating genetics to pediatric health. An interdisciplinary approach characterized by consultation and collective engagement with stakeholders from an early stage and throughout the research process is essential to promote potential use and ownership of the results. Comments from users on the areas of research, sources of data, the evidence and drafts of the work in progress would increase the possibility of formulating recommendations better suited to inform decision making process in public health policy orientation. As a result, we can expect greater integration and acceptance of the recommendations, more pertinent guidelines for the physician, and maximal benefit for the patient, the ultimate consumer.
Abstract: Prenatal screening is an effective way to prevent genetic disease in pediatric populations. The prenatal amniocentesis and chromosome study is a widely used screening test. Here, the author reports the data on this screening from Thailand as a national reference. The rate of detected disorders is equal to 3.88 percent and the most common disorder is Down syndrome. It can be seen that the implementation of screening can help successfully prevent a number of genetic disorders in Thai pediatric population.
Abstract: Dent disease is an X-linked tubulopathy frequently caused by mutations in the CLCN5 gene encoding the voltage-gated chloride channel and chloride/proton antiporter, ClC-5. About 15% of patients with a Dent' phenotype have mutations in the OCRL gene, which also causes Lowe oculocerebrorenal syndrome. To distinguish these patients from the more severe Lowe phenotype, they are diagnosed as having Dent-2 disease. We studied 14 CLCN5 -negative patients from 12 families with a phenotype resembling Dent disease for defects in OCRL . In six of these kindreds three novel (c.149+1G>A, c.1126A>T, c.1547T>C) and three repeatedly observed mutations (c.166_167delTT, c.901C>T, c.1426C>T)…were discovered. With the exception of a lower prevalence of nephrocalcinosis, the renal phenotype is identical with patients harboring a CLCN5 mutation. Affected children may have some of the extra-renal symptoms of Lowe syndrome, such as peripheral cataracts, mental impairment, stunted growth or elevation of creatine kinase/lactate dehydrogenase, blurring the distinction between those two clinical entities.
Abstract: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is the most common genetic condition caused by NF1 gene alteration. A 1.5 Mb submicroscopic deletion encompassing the entire NF1 gene, is known to be responsible for approximately 5% of NF1 cases. Patients with NF1 deletion, compared to those with NF1 mutation tend to exhibit more severe phenotypes. To know the possible differences in oral/dental features between NF1 deletion and NF1 mutation patients, we examined four patients with NF1 deletion and three with NF1 mutation to compare their oral manifestations. Fused teeth in the mandibular anterior region were…found only in the patients with deletion (2/4). Macrodontia was noted in all four patients with an NF1 deletion. Although macrodontia was also found in one patient with a mutation, it was relatively mild compared to the deletion patients. Dental caries were observed in both NF1 deletion (4/4) and mutation (2/3) patients. However, patients with NF1 deletions showed more apparently severe caries (average number of dental caries 12.8) than those with NF1 mutation (average number 5.5). Other features also noted in patients with both deletions and mutations were high-arched palate, hypodontia and malocclusion. Our study might suggest that fused teeth, macrodontia and increased dental caries are distinctive manifestations of NF1 deletion. Providing comprehensive dental care from early infancy would be very important to prevent dental caries especially in patients with NF1 deletion.
Abstract: Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) encompasses multiple congenital anomalies and mental retardation and is caused by partial deletions in the short arm of chromosome 4. Prenatal-onset growth deficiency is one of the WHS characteristics. Assessing and recording growth profiles of patients with WHS were the aims of this study. Anonymous questionnaire surveys were conducted with cooperation of a WHS peer-support group in Japan, and data from 34 WHS patients (12 males and 22 females; age, 1–23 years) were retrospectively collected. Height, weight, and head circumference (occipitofrontal head circumference) were measured and plotted on the standard growth charts of healthy Japanese children. Results…indicated that most WHS patients showed growth retardation under the 3rd percentile since the first year of life and extremely poor body-weight gain after pubertal age. These findings are characteristic of WHS patients. The assessed growth patterns in this study could help monitoring and documentation of growth of WHS patients.
Abstract: The neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM1 ) gene plays important roles in cellular migration, synaptic integrity and neurodevelopment. Multiple NCAM1 proteins are differentially altered in schizophrenia (SZ). A whole genome association study was first carried out on Affymetrix genome-wide human single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) Array 6.0 and two pooled DNA samples consisting of 89 early onset SZ (EOS) cases and 1,000 controls. Association between rs10891495 and EOS was detected (χ2 = 2 3.66, P = 1.15E-06). The position of this SNP is just within the NCAM1 gene. Since several previous studies reported that NCAM1 was a candidate gene for…SZ, we further performed a family based association study and genotyped six SNPs (rs10891495, rs1245133, rs1821693, rs686050, rs12794326, rs674246) within NCAM1 gene in 100 EOS nuclear families. We found no evidence for association with SZ status either for SNP or for haplotype. Therefore, the NCAM1 gene is unlikely to play a major role in the etiology of early-onset SZ in the Chinese population.
Keywords: Schizophrenia, neural cell adhesion molecules, association, polymorphism, single nucleotide, age of onset, China
Abstract: The 22q13.3 deletion syndrome has been widely reported, with a known phenotype including global developmental delay, normal to accelerated growth and a characteristic facial appearance. A duplication syndrome involving this region has also been reported, with a somewhat more variable phenotype including psychomotor retardation, growth restriction, characteristic facial appearance differing from that seen in the deletion syndrome, and multiple malformations. The majority of reported patients have terminal duplications, with only three previous reports of interstitial duplication of the region. Herein we report a young woman with a de novo 569 kb interstitial duplication of 22q13.2 and short stature, speech…and language impairment, refractive amblyopia, menorrhagia and facial dysmorphism. Comparison of her phenotype to previously reported patients with interstitial duplications reveals common traits including growth restriction, craniofacial anomalies and developmental delays. Included in the duplicated region is the gene EP300 , mutations and deletions of which are implicated in Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome and thyrotroph embryonic factor, which has been proposed to be related to the pituitary hypoplasia seen in one patient with a large duplication, and several other genes without clear relation to disease.
Keywords: Copy number variation, microduplication, speech and language impairment, array comparative genomic hybridization
Abstract: Heterotaxia (HTX) is a heterogeneous group of laterality defects characterized by abnormal discordance of asymmetric thoracic and abdominal organs. Esophageal anomalies occur rarely in HTX cases although additional defects associated with esophageal atresia are common. We report on a rare case of a neonate with HTX and multiple congenital malformations as well as specific facial dysmorphism, corresponding only to a few cases described in literature. Clinical examination of the proband revealed esophageal atresia with distal tracheoesophageal fistula, anal atresia, abdominal situs inversus , dextrocardia with complex congenital heart defect and left lung agenesis. A complex genetic analysis revealed no genetic…abnormalities. Despite extensive diagnostic procedures, the cause of the laterality sequence disruption remains unclear, indicating its multifactorial etiology.
Abstract: Urorectal septum malformation sequence is a sporadic malformation due to failure of septation of primitive cloaca with no anal opening. Umbilical cyst can be associated with chromosomal aneuploidy such as trisomy 18 or trisomy 13. We report on a fetus with complete urorectal septum malformation sequence with an umbilical cyst resulting from a patent urachus and with meconium as its content. This report adds to the variety of the causes of umbilical cyst and the spectrum of consequences of urorectal septal defect.
Abstract: In this study, we report two patients with the supernumerary marker chromosome (15)s. The first case is an 8.5-year-old girl with an inv dup (15) syndrome, mental retardation and dysmorphic features. The second case is a 13-year-old boy with a ring chromosome 15, who was referred to the Laboratory of Cytogenetic and Biology of Reproduction in Sousse, Tunisia for mental retardation, epilepsy, speech delay, hypotonia and other mild dysmorphic features. R banding showed the presence of a marker chromosome in both cases. Molecular cytogenetic investigation using fluorescence in situ hybridization method allowed us to characterize the markers including the Prader-Willi…syndrome locus that contains the small nuclear ribonucleoprotein polypeptide N (SNRPN) gene. Tetrasomy and trisomy for the 15q11-q13 chromosomal region were found in the first and the second patient, respectively. This observation reinforces the hypothesis that additional copies of proximal chromosome 15q11 segment may be causally related to mental retardation and dysmorphic features.
Keywords: Mental retardation, inv dup (15) syndrome, ring chromosome 15 syndrome, FISH