Rearrangement of chromosome 15 in the region q11.2----q12 in an individual with obesity syndrome and her normal mother

Am J Med Genet. 1990 Oct;37(2):173-7. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.1320370203.


Rearrangement of the proximal long arm of chromosome 15 have been found in most patients with the Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and in some with Angelman syndrome. We present an individual with syndromic obesity and her normal mother, who both have an abnormal chromosome 15. The proposita is a 26-year-old women with marked obesity, acanthosis, nigricans, short fingers, and severe cone degeneration of the retina. She has high plasma insulin levels, hypothyroidism, and an empty sella on CT scan. High-resolution chromosome banding demonstrated an increase in band 15q12. Further analysis showed the same abnormal 15 in her normal mother but not in her normal sister. This case and recent reports in the literature indicate that duplication of chromosome 15q in the PWS region may be associated with a syndrome of obesity, acanthosis nigricans, empty sella, and rodcore dystrophy as well as with a normal phenotype. Whether normal individuals with such a duplication carry increased risk of having offspring with an obesity syndrome is yet to be determined.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acanthosis Nigricans / genetics
  • Adult
  • Chromosome Aberrations*
  • Chromosome Banding
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 15*
  • Empty Sella Syndrome / genetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypothyroidism / genetics
  • Karyotyping
  • Male
  • Obesity / genetics*
  • Retinal Degeneration / genetics
  • Syndrome