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Clin Genet. 2010 Jun;77(6):587-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-0004.2009.01339.x. Epub 2010 Apr 14.

Germline mosaicism in keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness syndrome: pre-natal diagnosis in a familial lethal form.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, MAGEC, Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, AP-HP, Paris, France.


Keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness (KID) syndrome is an autosomal dominant congenital ectodermal defect characterized by the association of skin lesions, hearing loss and keratitis. Most of the cases appear to be sporadic. KID syndrome is mostly related to mutations of GJB2 gene encoding connexin-26. Recently, a lethal form of the disease during the first year of life has been reported in two unrelated Caucasian patients. This rare lethal form is caused by the G45E mutation of GJB2 gene. We here report the first pre-natal molecular genetic diagnosis of the lethal form of KID syndrome relating to a G45E mutation. In the same family, the occurrence of this condition in three other siblings born to African non-consanguineous healthy parents lead to perform pre-natal diagnosis for this last pregnancy. Molecular analysis confirms the diagnosis of the lethal form of KID for the fetus. These results establish the role of germline mosaicism in KID syndrome and warrant careful genetic counseling. Furthermore, analysis of our cases and the literature allowed us to define a characteristic severe neonatal phenotype including facial dysmorphy, severe cornification with massive focal hyperkeratosis of the skin with erythroderma, dystrophic nails, complete atrichia and absence of foreskin.

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