Clinical, cytogenetic, and molecular evidence for an infant with Smith-Magenis syndrome born from a mother having a mosaic 17p11.2p12 deletion

Am J Med Genet. 1993 Sep 15;47(4):504-11. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.1320470414.


We describe an infant with del(17) (p11.2p12) whose deleted chromosome was inherited from a mosaic mother. The child had manifestations consistent with Smith-Magenis syndrome. The mother appeared to be of normal intelligence and she had minimal findings of Smith-Magenis syndrome. Separation of chromosome 17 homologues in somatic cell hybrids and molecular studies confirmed the cytogenetic diagnoses and the fact that the mother was mosaic. Furthermore, molecular analysis demonstrated novel breakpoints in this family, with the deletion extending into and completely encompassing the markers duplicated in Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease. Although this Smith-Magenis syndrome patient is completely deleted for the CMT region, her electrophysiological findings are different from those found in CMT. This is the only reported case of Smith-Magenis syndrome with transmission from a partially affected mosaic mother. Transmission of interstitial deletions from mosaic parents may be more common than thought; therefore, parental chromosomes should be examined when interstitial deletions are identified.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple / genetics*
  • Adult
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease / genetics
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease / physiopathology
  • Chromosome Deletion*
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 17*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hybrid Cells
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Mosaicism*
  • Neural Conduction
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Syndrome