The 12q14 microdeletion syndrome: additional patients and further evidence that HMGA2 is an important genetic determinant for human height

Eur J Med Genet. Mar-Jun 2009;52(2-3):101-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmg.2009.03.001. Epub 2009 Mar 17.


Characteristic features of the 12q14 microdeletion syndrome include low birth weight, failure to thrive, short stature, learning disabilities and Buschke-Ollendorff lesions in bone and skin. This report on two additional patients with this microdeletion syndrome emphasizes the rather constant and uniform phenotype encountered in this disorder and refines the critical region to a 2.61 Mb interval on 12q14.3, encompassing 10 RefSeq genes. We have previously shown that LEMD3 haploinsufficiency is responsible for the Buschke-Ollendorff lesions and now provide strong evidence that a heterozygous deletion of HMGA2 is causing the growth failure observed in this disorder. The identification of an intragenic HMGA2 deletion in a boy with proportionate short stature and the cosegregation of this deletion with reduced adult height in the extended family of the boy further underscore the role of HMGA2 in regulating human linear growth.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Height / genetics*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chromosome Deletion
  • Chromosome Disorders / genetics*
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 12*
  • Female
  • Gene Deletion
  • Growth Disorders / genetics
  • HMGA2 Protein / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phenotype
  • Syndrome


  • HMGA2 Protein