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Otolaryngology - Public Health and Epidemiology - Surgery

Maternal Transmission Effect of a PDGF-C SNP on Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip with or without Palate from a Chinese Population
Published: Friday, September 28, 2012
Author: Di Wu et al.

by Di Wu, Mei Wang, Xingang Wang, Ningbei Yin, Tao Song, Haidong Li, Feng Zhang, Yongbiao Zhang, Zhenqing Ye, Jun Yu, Duen-Mei Wang, Zhenmin Zhao

Cleft lip with or without palate (CL/P) is a common congenital anomaly with a high birth prevalence in China. Based on a previous linkage signal of nonsyndromic CL/P (NSCL/P) on the chromosomal region 4q31–q32 from the Chinese populations, we screened the 4q31–q32 region for susceptibility genes in 214 trios of Han Chinese. PDGF-C, an important developmental factor, resides in the region and has been implicated in NSCL/P. However, in our family-based association test (transmission disequilibrium test; TDT), we could not conclude an association between PDGF-C and NSCL/P as previously suggested. Instead, we found strong evidence for parent-of-origin effect at a PDGF-C SNP, rs17035464, by a likelihood ratio test (unadjusted p-value?=?0.0018; Im?=?2.46). The location of rs17035464 is 13 kb downstream of a previously reported, NSCL/P-associated SNP, rs28999109. Furthermore, a patient from our sample trios was observed with a maternal segmental uniparental isodisomy (UPD) in a region containing rs17035464. Our findings support the involvement of PDGF-C in the development of oral clefts; moreover, the UPD case report contributes to the collective knowledge of rare variants in the human genome.
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