Angelman syndrome with uniparental disomy due to paternal meiosis II nondisjunction

Clin Genet. 1999 Jun;55(6):483-6. doi: 10.1034/j.1399-0004.1999.550615.x.


We report a case of Angelman syndrome (AS) with paternal uniparental disomy (pUPD) of chromosome 15. This 6-year-old girl with overgrowth had frequent, but only provoked laughter, was mildly ataxic with limb hypertonia, and had no intelligible speech. She had deep-set eyes, protruding tongue, and prominent chin. The karyotype was normal. DNA analysis with microsatellites from chromosome 15 showed no inheritance of maternal alleles both within and outside the AS critical region. Proximal markers showed reduction to homozygosity of paternal alleles, intermediate markers showed nonreduction, and distal markers reduction, thus suggesting a meiosis II nondisjunction event in the father with two crossovers. This is, to our knowledge, the first reported case of AS due to meiosis II nondisjunction. We present detailed physical measurements in this patient, adding to the clinical description of the milder phenotype in AS due to pUPD.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Angelman Syndrome / genetics*
  • Child
  • Chromosome Aberrations*
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 15
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meiosis
  • Microsatellite Repeats / genetics
  • Nondisjunction, Genetic*