Recurrent microdeletion 2q21.1: Report on a new patient with neurological disorders

Stefania Gimelli, Elisavet Stathaki, Frédérique Béna, Massimiliano Leoni, Maja Di Rocco, Cristina Cuoco, Elisa Tassano

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Whole genome profiling such as array comparative genomic hybridization has identified novel genomic imbalances. Copy number studies led to an explosion of the discoveries of new segmental duplication-mediated deletions and duplications. These rearrangements are mostly the result of non-allelic homologous recombination (NAHR) between low-copy repeats or segmental duplications. We have identified an individual with a small, rare deletion on chromosome 2q21.1 with psychomotor delay, hyperactivity, and aggressive behavior. The rearranged region is flanked by large complex low-copy repeats and includes only five genes: GPR148, FAM123C (AMER3), ARHGEF4, FAM168B, and PLEKHB2. The comparison between our patient and the cases previously reported in the literature contributes to a better definition of genotype-phenotype correlation of 2q21.1 microdeletions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-805
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


  • 2q21.1 microdeletion
  • Aggression
  • Comparative genomic hybridization
  • GPR148
  • Hyperactivity
  • NAHR
  • Psychomotor delay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics


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