Further delineation of the clinical spectrum of KAT6B disorders and allelic series of pathogenic variants

Genet Med. 2020 Aug;22(8):1338-1347. doi: 10.1038/s41436-020-0811-8. Epub 2020 May 19.


Purpose: Genitopatellar syndrome and Say-Barber-Biesecker-Young-Simpson syndrome are caused by variants in the KAT6B gene and are part of a broad clinical spectrum called KAT6B disorders, whose variable expressivity is increasingly being recognized.

Methods: We herein present the phenotypes of 32 previously unreported individuals with a molecularly confirmed diagnosis of a KAT6B disorder, report 24 new pathogenic KAT6B variants, and review phenotypic information available on all published individuals with this condition. We also suggest a classification of clinical subtypes within the KAT6B disorder spectrum.

Results: We demonstrate that cerebral anomalies, optic nerve hypoplasia, neurobehavioral difficulties, and distal limb anomalies other than long thumbs and great toes, such as polydactyly, are more frequently observed than initially reported. Intestinal malrotation and its serious consequences can be present in affected individuals. Additionally, we identified four children with Pierre Robin sequence, four individuals who had increased nuchal translucency/cystic hygroma prenatally, and two fetuses with severe renal anomalies leading to renal failure. We also report an individual in which a pathogenic variant was inherited from a mildly affected parent.

Conclusion: Our work provides a comprehensive review and expansion of the genotypic and phenotypic spectrum of KAT6B disorders that will assist clinicians in the assessment, counseling, and management of affected individuals.

Keywords: KAT6B; KAT6B disorders; SBBYSS; Say–Barber–Biesecker–Young–Simpson syndrome; genitopatellar syndrome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blepharophimosis* / genetics
  • Exons
  • Histone Acetyltransferases / genetics
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability* / diagnosis
  • Intellectual Disability* / genetics
  • Mutation


  • Histone Acetyltransferases
  • KAT6B protein, human