Molecular analysis of a constitutional complex genome rearrangement with 11 breakpoints involving chromosomes 3, 11, 12, and 21 and a approximately 0.5-Mb submicroscopic deletion in a patient with mild mental retardation

Hum Genet. 2005 Nov;118(2):267-75. doi: 10.1007/s00439-005-0021-0. Epub 2005 Nov 15.


Complex chromosome rearrangements (CCRs) are extremely rare but often associated with mental retardation, congenital anomalies, or recurrent spontaneous abortions. We report a de novo apparently balanced CCR involving chromosomes 3 and 12 and a two-way translocation between chromosomes 11 and 21 in a woman with mild intellectual disability, obesity, coarse facies, and apparent synophrys without other distinctive dysmorphia or congenital anomalies. Molecular analysis of breakpoints using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with region-specific BAC clones revealed a more complex character for the CCR. The rearrangement is a result of nine breaks and involves reciprocal translocation of terminal chromosome fragments 3p24.1-->pter and 12q23.1-->qter, insertion of four fragments of the long arm of chromosome 12: q14.1-->q21?, q21?-->q22, q22-->q23.1, and q23.1-->q23.1 and a region 3p22.3-->p24.1 into chromosome 3q26.31. In addition, we detected a approximately 0.5-Mb submicroscopic deletion at 3q26.31. The deletion involves the chromosome region that has been previously associated with Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) in which a novel gene NAALADL2 has been mapped recently. Other potential genes responsible for intellectual deficiency disrupted as a result of patient's chromosomal rearrangement map at 12q14.1 (TAFA2), 12q23.1 (METAP2), and 11p14.1 (BDNF).

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chromosome Breakage / genetics*
  • Chromosome Disorders / genetics*
  • Chromosome Disorders / pathology
  • Chromosome Mapping / methods
  • Chromosomes, Human / genetics*
  • Congenital Abnormalities / genetics
  • Congenital Abnormalities / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence / methods
  • Intellectual Disability / genetics*
  • Intellectual Disability / pathology
  • Translocation, Genetic / genetics*