Concurrent triplication and uniparental isodisomy: evidence for microhomology-mediated break-induced replication model for genomic rearrangements

Eur J Hum Genet. 2015 Jan;23(1):61-6. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2014.53. Epub 2014 Apr 9.


Whole-genome oligonucleotide single-nucleotide polymorphism (oligo-SNP) arrays enable simultaneous interrogation of copy number variations (CNVs), copy neutral regions of homozygosity (ROH) and uniparental disomy (UPD). Structural variation in the human genome contributes significantly to genetic variation, and often has deleterious effects leading to disease causation. Co-occurrence of CNV and regions of allelic homozygosity in tandem involving the same chromosomal arm are extremely rare. Replication-based mechanisms such as microhomology-mediated break-induced replication (MMBIR) are recent models predicted to induce structural rearrangements and gene dosage aberrations; however, supportive evidence in humans for one-ended DNA break repair coupled with MMBIR giving rise to interstitial copy number gains and distal loss of heterozygosity has not been documented. We report on the identification and characterization of two cases with interstitial triplication followed by uniparental isodisomy (isoUPD) for remainder of the chromosomal arm. Case 1 has a triplication at 9q21.11-q21.33 and segmental paternal isoUPD for 9q21.33-qter, and presented with citrullinemia with a homozygous mutation in the argininosuccinate synthetase gene (ASS1 at 9q34.1). Case 2 has a triplication at 22q12.1-q12.2 and segmental maternal isoUPD 22q12.2-qter, and presented with hearing loss, mild dysmorphic features and bilateral iris coloboma. Interstitial triplication coupled with distal segmental isoUPD is a novel finding that provides human evidence for one-ended DNA break and replication-mediated repair. Both copy number gains and isoUPD may contribute to the phenotype. Significantly, these cases represent the first detailed genomic analysis that provides support for a MMBIR mechanism inducing copy number gains and segmental isoUPD in tandem.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Chromosome Banding
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 22
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 9
  • Consanguinity
  • DNA Breaks
  • DNA Copy Number Variations
  • Female
  • Gene Rearrangement
  • Genotype
  • Homologous Recombination
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Models, Genetic
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Uniparental Disomy / diagnosis*
  • Uniparental Disomy / genetics*