VACTERL association is defined by the occurrence of congenital malformations: vertebral defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, tracheoesophageal fistula with esophageal atresia, radial and renal dysplasia, and limb defects. No genetic alterations have been discovered except for some sporadic chromosomal rearrangements and gene mutations. We report a boy with VACTERL association and shawl scrotum with bifid scrotum who presented with a de novo Yq11.223q11.23 microdeletion identified by array CGH. The deletion spans 3.1 Mb and encompasses several genes in the AZFc region, frequently deleted in infertile men with severe oligozoospermia or azoospermia. Herein, we discuss the possible explanation for this unusual genotype-phenotype correlation. We suggest that the deletion of the BPY2 (previously VCY2) gene, located in the AZFc region and involved in spermatogenesis, contributed to the genesis of the phenotype. In fact, BPY2 interacts with a ubiquitin-protein ligase, involved in the SHH pathway which is known to be implicated in the genesis of VACTERL association.

Yq Microdeletion in a Patient with VACTERL Association and Shawl Scrotum with Bifid Scrotum: A Real Pathogenetic Association or a Coincidence?

Alfonsi, Melissa
Secondo
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Carinci, Silvia;Morizio, Elisena;Antonucci, Ivana;Gatta, Valentina;Lisi, Gabriele;Lelli Chiesa, Pierluigi;Calabrese, Giuseppe;Stuppia, Liborio
Penultimo
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Palka, Chiara
Ultimo
2019

Abstract

VACTERL association is defined by the occurrence of congenital malformations: vertebral defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, tracheoesophageal fistula with esophageal atresia, radial and renal dysplasia, and limb defects. No genetic alterations have been discovered except for some sporadic chromosomal rearrangements and gene mutations. We report a boy with VACTERL association and shawl scrotum with bifid scrotum who presented with a de novo Yq11.223q11.23 microdeletion identified by array CGH. The deletion spans 3.1 Mb and encompasses several genes in the AZFc region, frequently deleted in infertile men with severe oligozoospermia or azoospermia. Herein, we discuss the possible explanation for this unusual genotype-phenotype correlation. We suggest that the deletion of the BPY2 (previously VCY2) gene, located in the AZFc region and involved in spermatogenesis, contributed to the genesis of the phenotype. In fact, BPY2 interacts with a ubiquitin-protein ligase, involved in the SHH pathway which is known to be implicated in the genesis of VACTERL association.
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