Alternative outcomes of pathogenic complex somatic structural variations in the genomes of NF1 and NF2 patients

Academic Article


  • © 2017, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) has been widely used to identify copy-number variations (CNVs), but MLPA’s sensitivity and specificity in mosaic CNV detection are largely unknown. Here, we present two mosaic deletions identified by MLPA as NF1 deletion of exons 17–21 and NF2 deletion of exons 9–10. Through cDNA analysis, genomic breakpoint-spanning PCR and Sanger sequencing, we found however both NF1 and NF2 deletions are each composed of two consecutive deletions, which cannot be differentiated by MLPA. Importantly, these consecutive deletions are most likely originating from a single genomic rearrangement and have been preserved independently in different populations of cells.
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  • neurogenetics  Journal
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    Author List

  • Hsiao MC; Piotrowski A; Poplawski AB; Callens T; Fu C; Messiaen L
  • Start Page

  • 169
  • End Page

  • 174
  • Volume

  • 18
  • Issue

  • 3