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Open Access Case report

De Novo variants in the KMT2A (MLL) gene causing atypical Wiedemann-Steiner syndrome in two unrelated individuals identified by clinical exome sequencing

Samuel P Strom12, Reymundo Lozano3, Hane Lee12, Naghmeh Dorrani13, John Mann4, Patricia F O’Lague4, Nicole Mans3, Joshua L Deignan12, Eric Vilain1256, Stanley F Nelson1235, Wayne W Grody1256 and Fabiola Quintero-Rivera12*

Author Affiliations

1 Clinical Genomics Center, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

2 Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

3 Department of Pediatrics, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA, USA

4 Department of Genetics, Kaiser Permanente, Fresno, CA, USA

5 Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

6 Department of Human Genetics, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

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BMC Medical Genetics 2014, 15:49  doi:10.1186/1471-2350-15-49

Published: 1 May 2014

Abstract

Background

Wiedemann-Steiner Syndrome (WSS) is characterized by short stature, a variety of dysmorphic facial and skeletal features, characteristic hypertrichosis cubiti (excessive hair on the elbows), mild-to-moderate developmental delay and intellectual disability. [MIM#: 605130]. Here we report two unrelated children for whom clinical exome sequencing of parent-proband trios was performed at UCLA, resulting in a molecular diagnosis of WSS and atypical clinical presentation.

Case presentation

For patient 1, clinical features at 9 years of age included developmental delay, craniofacial abnormalities, and multiple minor anomalies. Patient 2 presented at 1 year of age with developmental delay, microphthalmia, partial 3–4 left hand syndactyly, and craniofacial abnormalities. A de novo missense c.4342T>C variant and a de novo splice site c.4086+G>A variant were identified in the KMT2A gene in patients 1 and 2, respectively.

Conclusions

Based on the clinical and molecular findings, both patients appear to have novel presentations of WSS. As the hallmark hypertrichosis cubiti was not initially appreciated in either case, this syndrome was not suspected during the clinical evaluation. This report expands the phenotypic spectrum of the clinical phenotypes and KMT2A variants associated with WSS.

Keywords:
Wiedemann-Steiner syndrome; Clinical exome sequencing; KMT2A; Intellectual disability; Developmental delay