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Hum Genet. 1997 Sep;100(3-4):415-9.

Molecular studies in 37 Silver-Russell syndrome patients: frequency and etiology of uniparental disomy.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Genetics, Institute of Anthropology and Human Genetics, Tübingen, Germany.


We report studies on the etiology of uniparental disomy (UPD) in Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) patients. Thirty-seven SRS families were typed with short tandem repeat markers from chromosomes 2, 7, 9, 14, and 16. UPD for these chromosomes has either been described in association with growth retardation or has been observed in confined placental mosaicism, a mechanism that may result in UPD. Maternal UPD7 was detected in three SRS patients, accounting for approximately 10% of the tested SRS patients. These results agree with previously published studies. The allelic distribution in one of the three families indicates complete isodisomy, whereas allelic patterns in the other two families are consistent with partial and complete heterodisomy, respectively, suggesting that, in the latter cases, UPD originates from maternal meiosis, whereas in the first case, it seems to be of mitotic origin. STR typing for UPD of chromosomes 2, 9, 14, and 16 showed no abnormalities. Our results demonstrate the necessity of screening SRS patients for UPD7, although the effect of UPD7 cannot be correlated with the SRS phenotype as yet. An association between UPD for the other investigated chromosomes and SRS seems to be negligible.

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