The human AF9/MLLT3 gene is a common fusion partner for the MLL gene in translocations t(9;11)(p22;q23) associated with acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphocytic leukemia. The exact function of the gene is still unknown, although a mouse knock-out model points to a role as a controller of embryo patterning. We report the case of a constitutional translocation t(4;9)(q35;p22) disrupting the AF9/MLLT3 gene in a girl with neuromotor development delay, cerebellar ataxia and epilepsy. Array-CGH analysis at 1 Mbase resolution did not reveal any additional deletions/duplications. We hypothesize a loss-of-function mutation of the AF9/MLLT3 gene, and a possible role for the FAT gene on chromosome 4, in the genesis of the proband's severe neurological phenotype.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2005|
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