Singleton birth after preimplantation genetic diagnosis for Huntington disease using whole genome amplification

Fertil Steril. 2009 Aug;92(2):828.e7-10. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2009.05.007. Epub 2009 Jun 9.


Objective: To report a successful case of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for Huntington disease using whole genome amplification.

Design: Case report.

Setting: University assisted reproduction unit.

Patient(s): A couple with family history of Huntington disease: The husband was carrying the expanded allele of the IT15 gene, and the wife had the normal allele.

Intervention(s): Preimplantation genetic diagnosis with whole genome amplification for identification of genetically normal embryos.

Main outcome measure(s): Live birth.

Result(s): In an IVF cycle, 15 oocytes were retrieved, of which 13 were mature and 11 were fertilized. On day 3, embryo biopsy and PGD were performed on ten good-quality embryos. Multiple displacement amplification was conducted, followed by polymerase chain reaction with fluorescence primers. Three pairs of primers were used for the amplification of the IT15 gene at the: 1) trinucleotide expansion site; 2) trinucleotide expansion site plus the polymorphic site situated on its 3'-end; and 3) polymorphic marker located downstream of the trinucleotide repeats. Two normal blastocysts were replaced on day 5 and another two good-quality blastocysts were cryopreserved. The woman gave birth to a normal baby girl whose normal genetic status was confirmed by prenatal diagnosis.

Conclusion(s): Whole genome amplification by multiple displacement amplification can be used for PGD of Huntington disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Genome, Human / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Huntington Disease / diagnosis*
  • Huntington Disease / embryology
  • Huntington Disease / genetics*
  • Live Birth
  • Male
  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques / methods*
  • Preimplantation Diagnosis / methods*