Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) is a heterogeneous developmental disorder where 70% of clinically diagnosed patients harbor a variant in one of five CdLS associated cohesin proteins. Around 500 variants have been identified to cause CdLS, however only eight different alterations have been identified in the RAD21 gene, encoding the RAD21 cohesin complex component protein that constitute the link between SMC1A and SMC3 within the cohesin ring. We report a 15-month-old boy presenting with developmental delay, distinct CdLS-like facial features, gastrointestinal reflux in early infancy, testis retention, prominent digit pads and diaphragmatic hernia. Exome sequencing revealed a novel RAD21 variant, c.1774_1776del, p.(Gln592del), suggestive of CdLS type 4. Segregation analysis of the two healthy parents confirmed the variant as de novo and bioinformatic analysis predicted the variant as disease-causing. Assessment by in silico structural model predicted that the p.Gln592del variant results in a discontinued contact between RAD21-Lys591 and the SMC1A residues Glu1191 and Glu1192, causing changes in the RAD21-SMC1A interface. In conclusion, we report a patient that expands the clinical description of CdLS type 4 and presents with a novel RAD21 p.(Glu592del) variant that causes a disturbed RAD21-SMC1A interface according to in silco structural modeling.
Keywords: Cohesin complex; Cohesin protein; Cohesinopathy; Cornelia de Lange syndrome type 4; RAD21 cohesin complex component.
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