Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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15q13.3 Microdeletion Syndrome

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102376-2



15q13.3 microdeletion syndrome (OMIM 612001, DECIPHER coordinates: chr15: 30,901,306-32,445,407, hg19) is the result of heterozygous deletions at chromosome 15q13.3, ranging in size from ∼350 kb to 3.9 Mb. These deletions are mediated by nonallelic homologous recombination (NAHR) between four low copy repeat (LCR) elements: breakpoints (BPs) 3, 4, and 5, as well as the D-CHRNA7-LCR. The most common of these deletions, spanning 1.5 Mb to 2 Mb are mediated by BPs 4 and 5 and encompass six genes: FAN1, MTMR10, TRPM1, KLF13, OTUD7A, and CHRNA7, as well as one microRNA: hsa-miR-211. Of these genes, CHRNA7 and OTUD7A are the top candidate genes (Yin et al. 2018; Gillentine and Schaaf 2015).

The estimated frequency of the most common 15q13.3 microdeletions is 1 in 5525 live births (0.19%) and is estimated to be higher (0.29%) among individuals with intellectual disability and idiopathic generalized epilepsy (1%) (Gillentine et al. 2018). However, these...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Human GeneticsHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Genome SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA