Segmental and total uniparental isodisomy (UPiD) as a disease mechanism in autosomal recessive lysosomal disorders: evidence from SNP arrays

Ineke Labrijn-Marks, Galhana M. Somers-Bolman, Stijn L.M. In ’t Groen, Marianne Hoogeveen-Westerveld, Marian A. Kroos, Sirpa Ala-Mello, Olga Amaral, Clara sa Miranda, Irene Mavridou, Helen Michelakakis, Karin Naess, Frans W. Verheijen, Lies H. Hoefsloot, Trijnie Dijkhuizen, Marloes Benjamins, Hannerieke J.M. van den Hout, Ans T. van der Ploeg, W. W.M.Pim Pijnappel, Jasper J. Saris, Dicky J. Halley*

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Analyses in our diagnostic DNA laboratory include genes involved in autosomal recessive (AR) lysosomal storage disorders such as glycogenosis type II (Pompe disease) and mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPSI, Hurler disease). We encountered 4 cases with apparent homozygosity for a disease-causing sequence variant that could be traced to one parent only. In addition, in a young child with cardiomyopathy, in the absence of other symptoms, a diagnosis of Pompe disease was considered. Remarkably, he presented with different enzymatic and genotypic features between leukocytes and skin fibroblasts. All cases were examined with microsatellite markers and SNP genotyping arrays. We identified one case of total uniparental disomy (UPD) of chromosome 17 leading to Pompe disease and three cases of segmental uniparental isodisomy (UPiD) causing Hurler-(4p) or Pompe disease (17q). One Pompe patient with unusual combinations of features was shown to have a mosaic segmental UPiD of chromosome 17q. The chromosome 17 UPD cases amount to 11% of our diagnostic cohort of homozygous Pompe patients (plus one case of pseudoheterozygosity) where segregation analysis was possible. We conclude that inclusion of parental DNA is mandatory for reliable DNA diagnostics. Mild or unusual phenotypes of AR diseases should alert physicians to the possibility of mosaic segmental UPiD. SNP genotyping arrays are used in diagnostic workup of patients with developmental delay. Our results show that even small Regions of Homozygosity that include telomeric areas are worth reporting, regardless of the imprinting status of the chromosome, as they might indicate segmental UPiD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-927
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Human Genetics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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