Triphalangeal thumb-polysyndactyly (TPT-PS) is an isolated limb malformation consisting of pre- and postaxial polysyndactyly of hands and feet. The only family reported so far is of Dutch origin, and the genetic mapping study localized the TPT-PS locus at chromosome region 7q36 where the isolated triphalangeal thumb (TPT) anomaly has also been mapped. It was suggested that TPT-PS is a phenotypic variation of isolated TPT, and the same ancestral mutation may produce both phenotypes. Here we report on the second family with this malformation from the Turkish population. The characteristic findings in this family are triphalangeal thumb, webbing between 3rd, 4th, and 5th fingers associated with bony synostosis in the distal phalanges of the same fingers, and pre- and postaxial polysyndactyly of feet. Some individuals show a more severe phenotype with a complete syndactyly of all fingers giving a "cup-like" appearance to the hands. Genetic linkage study with DNA markers D7S1823, D7S550, D7S559, and D7S2423 demonstrated that this family is also linked to chromosome band 7q36. Identification of a second family from a distinct ethnic background suggests that TPT-PS and isolated TPT are not caused by the same ancestral mutation as it was originally anticipated.
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