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Am J Med Genet. 2001 Jul 22;102(1):1-10.

SHH mutation is associated with solitary median maxillary central incisor: a study of 13 patients and review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


Solitary median maxillary central incisor (SMMCI) or single central incisor is a rare dental anomaly. It has been reported in holoprosencephaly (HPE) cases with severe facial anomalies or as a microform in autosomal dominant HPE (ADHPE). In our review of the literature, we note that SMMCI may also occur as an isolated finding or in association with other systemic abnormalities. These anomalies include short stature, pituitary insufficiency, microcephaly, choanal atresia, midnasal stenosis, and congenital nasal pyriform aperture stenosis. SMMCI can also be a feature of recognized syndromes or associations or a finding in patients with specific chromosomal abnormalities. We performed a molecular study on a cohort of 13 SMMCI patients who did not have HPE. We studied two genes, Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) and SIX3, in which mutations have been reported in patients showing SMMCI as part of the HPE spectrum. A new missense mutation in SHH (I111F), segregating in one SMMCI family, was identified. Our results suggest that this mutation may be specific for the SMMCI phenotype since it has not been found in the HPE population or in normal controls. Published 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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