Comparison of phenotype in uniparental disomy and deletion Prader-Willi syndrome: sex specific differences

Am J Med Genet. 1996 Oct 16;65(2):133-6. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-8628(19961016)65:2<133::AID-AJMG10>3.0.CO;2-R.


Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) results primarily from either a paternal deletion of 15q11-q13 or maternal uniparental disomy (UPD) 15. Birth parameters and clinical presentation of 79 confirmed UPD cases and 43 deletion patients were compared in order to test whether any manifestations differ between the two groups. There were no major clinical differences between the two classes analyzed as a whole, other than the presence of hypopigmentation predominantly in the deletion group. However, there was a significant bias in sex-ratio (P < .001) limited to the UPD group with a predominance (68%) of males. An equal number of males and females was observed in the deletion group. When analyzed by sex, several significant differences between the UPD and deletion groups were observed. Female UPD patients were found to be less severely affected than female deletion patients in terms of length of gavage feeding and a later onset of hyperphagia. Although these traits are likely to be influenced by external factors, they may reflect a milder presentation of female UPD patients which could explain the observed sex bias by causing under-ascertainment of female UPD. Alternatively, there may be an effect of sex on either early trisomy 15 survival or the probability of somatic loss of a chromosome from a trisomic conceptus.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Birth Weight / genetics
  • Body Weight / genetics
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chromosome Aberrations*
  • Chromosome Deletion*
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 15*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maternal Age
  • Middle Aged
  • Phenotype
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome / genetics*
  • Sex Factors
  • Sex Ratio