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Am J Med Genet A. 2009 Feb;149A(2):161-70. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.32593.

Detection of 53 FBN1 mutations (41 novel and 12 recurrent) and genotype-phenotype correlations in 113 unrelated probands referred with Marfan syndrome, or a related fibrillinopathy.

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  • 1Princess Anne Hospital Service, Wessex Clinical Genetics, Level G, Southampton, UK.


Mutations in the gene encoding fibrillin 1 (FBN1) cause Marfan syndrome (MFS), and related connective tissue disorders. The disease spectrum is wide and while many genotype-phenotype correlations have been reported, few have been consistent. In this study FBN1 was analyzed in 113 patients with MFS or Marfan-like features. Fifty-three mutations were identified in 52 individuals, 41 of which were novel. The mutations comprised 26 missense, 11 splice site, 7 frameshift, 6 nonsense, 1 in-frame deletion, and 2 whole exon deletions. In common with previous studies, genotype-phenotype analysis showed that a FBN1 mutation was more likely to be identified in patients fulfilling Ghent criteria (P = 0.005) and in those who had ectopia lentis (EL) (P < 0.0001). Other previously reported genotype-phenotype correlations were also considered and a new inverse association between a mutation in exons 59-65, and EL emerged (P = 0.002).

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