Maternal uniparental disomy chromosome 14: case report and literature review

Pediatr Neurol. 2005 Feb;32(2):116-20. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2004.07.007.


Uniparental disomy is a genetic cause of disease implicated in a wide variety of neurologic disorders. A recently identified condition is maternal uniparental disomy for chromosome 14 (mUPD14) syndrome. A child with hypotonia and developmental delay was found to have mUPD14 after identification of a balanced karyotypic rearrangement involving both chromosomes 14. We explore the genetic mechanisms by which uniparental disomy can cause clinical abnormalities and karyotypic findings that should raise suspicion for uniparental disomy, review the literature on the mUPD14, and discuss clinical indications on which to suspect this diagnosis. Although it is more difficult to establish a diagnosis in the absence of visible karyotypic abnormalities involving chromosome 14, a distinct phenotype exists in mUPD14 syndrome: in utero growth restriction, congenital hypotonia, gross motor delay, arrested hydrocephalus, mild to moderate mental retardation, joint hyperextensibility, short stature, and precocious puberty. Testing for mUPD14 should be considered in infants with generalized hypotonia who have a history of in utero growth restriction.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 14 / genetics*
  • Developmental Disabilities / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Muscle Hypotonia / genetics*
  • Syndrome
  • Uniparental Disomy / diagnosis*
  • Uniparental Disomy / genetics