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1 Down Syndrome: A Complex Disease Dr Una Fairbrother
2 Down Syndrome (DS) Affects one in about 700-1000 newborns Most significant genetic cause of mild to moderate mental retardationDue to alterations in neural development.
3 Trisomy 21 or DSOnly autosomal aneuploidy not lethal in the fetal or early postnatal periodDS phenotypes show variable penetrance, affecting many different organs
4 Clinical features of neonates with DS Flat facial profile, 90%Hypotonia, 80%Poor moro reflex, 85%Hyperflexibility of joints, 80%Excess skin on back of neck, 80%Slanted palpebral fissures, 80%Pelvic dysplasia, 70%Anomalous ears, 60%Dysplasia of mid joint of 5th finger, 60%Simian crease, 45%
5 Down Syndrome – Disease Phenotype Mental retardation,Congenital malformations of the heartand gastrointestinal tract,Duodenal stenosis or atresia,Imperforate anus,Hirschsprung disease,Leukemia,Hearing loss,Alzheimer diseaseand others
6 Human Chromosome 21 Many other disorders involving Chr21 genes 165 hits on OMIM including:Familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (SOD1 gene)Bethlem myopathy (COL6A1, A2 and A3)Acute myeloid leukemia (AML1)
7 Chromosome 21 StructureLength of the short arm can vary greatly between individualsFirst example of large genomic region that can expand or contract on a scale of many mega basesLong arm: 225 genes originally identified (545 on chromosome 22)
8 How Does Trisomy Arise?95% of DS arises from non-disjunction of homologous chromosomes during 1st meiotic division in oogenesisHomogeneity means that phenotype severity cannot be predicted from the karyotypeNeed to understand the pathology and identify candidate genes
9 Down Syndrome Research Functions of most of the Chromosome 21 genes are largely unknownAs is their contribution, to the DS phenotype.
10 Trisomy and DiseaseHow does an extra copy of all or part of Chr21 result in the DS phenotype?Specific case of the more general problem - how does chromosomal imbalance produce abnormalities in morphology and function?No single mechanism explains the consequencesNo simple solution to counteract its phenotypic impact.
11 Trisomy and Disease: Theories Amplified developmental instability hypothesis:DS phenotype due to non-specific disturbance of chr balance
12 Or… Gene dosage hypothesis: DS due to cumulative effect of overexpression of specific chr 21 gene productsCorroborated experimentally in mouse modelsSome genes undergo dosage compensationStage and tissue specific
13 Or Interaction effects Through interaction of Chr21 genes products with:each otherthe whole genometranscriptomeProteomePossibly through trans acting effects
14 A proposed unifying model for the genetic mechanisms acting in autosomal trisomy Fitzpatrick (2005) TIGS 21:
15 Mouse Modelsuseful to elucidate contribution of specific genes to the DS phenotype.Strategies:assess single-gene by overexpressing single or combinations of genesassess effects of overexpressing large foreign DNA pieces, (YACs or BACs) in transgenic micemouse trisomies that carry all (usually lethal) or part of MuChr16, which has regions of conserved homology with HuChr21.
16 Down Syndrome Critical Regions (DSCRs) Loci in the DS critical regions (DSCRs) may have major effectApproach limited by high phenotypic variation among DS individualsTo date little evidence of association between any particular phenotypic trait and overexpression of a specific Chr21 gene.
17 PostgenomicsEven knowing the molecular defect, it is difficult to decipher the complex pathophysiology of the disease,Developmental consequences of the trisomyImpact on behaviour and cognitive function.Facing a new era -postgenomics where the goal is to identify protein function and physiological role of gene products.
18 Congenital Heart Defects and DS 40% of trisomy 21 individuals have CHDsincidence in the euploid population, 0.8%
21 Trisomy 21 and CHDIf CHD phenotype is caused by overexpression of a gene/s on chromosome 21 thenwhy do not all individuals with DS have a CHD?May be related to specific alleles and their protein products, which function well in the diploid but not in the trisomic state.
23 How Might haplotypic diversity Cause CHD in DS? Variants interact indirectly/ directly with other loci modulating phenotypesFunctionality of gene drops below critical levels, endocardial cushions fail to fuseHypothesis: combinations of mutations embedded in particular haplotypes, in trisomic individuals, disturb the supramolecular structure of a vital protein and modulate the predisposition of an individual to a single or several types of CHD.
24 Do all CHD arise from the same mechanism? 4 CHDs in individuals+ DS, related but do not occur at same time in gestationCounter-intuitive that a single, simple mechanism is responsible for all CHDsVariants may interact indirectly/directly with other loci to modulate varying phenotypes(compound?) heterozygosity for rare, functionally deficient alleles, may cause analogous CHD in non-syndromic, euploid individuals.
25 Heterotrisomy, a significant contributing factor to ventricular septal defect associated with Down syndrome?Baptista MJ, Fairbrother UL, Howard CM, Farrer MJ, Davies GE, Trikka D, Maratou K, Redington A, Greve G, Njolstad PR, Kessling AM. Hum Genet :Heterotrisomy for a gene or genes in a narrowed region region is a contributing factor to the pathogenesis of VSD in trisomy 21Either through the presence of three different specific alleles or through the presence of specific combinations of alleles.
26 Down syndrome congenital heart disease: a narrowed region and a candidate gene. Barlow GM, Chen XN, Shi ZY, Lyons GE, Kurnit DM, Celle L, Spinner NB, Zackai E, Pettenati MJ, Van Riper AJ, Vekemans MJ, Mjaatvedt CH, Korenberg JR.Genet Med :These data suggest that the presence of three copies of gene(s) from the region is sufficient for the production of subsets of DS-CHD.Propose DSCAM as a candidate for VSD.Encodes a cell adhesion molecule, spans more than 840 kb of the candidate region, and is expressed in the heart during cardiac development.
27 Nuclear factor of activated T cells or DSCR1 DSCR1 gene expression is dependent on NFATc1 during cardiac valve formation and colocalizes with anomalous organ development in trisomy 16 mice.Lange AW, Molkentin JD, Yutzey KE Dev Biol ;266(2):Nuclear factor of activated T cells or DSCR1regulatory protein in calcineurin/NFAT signal transduction pathway.expressed during valvuloseptal development- in the endocardium of the developing atrioventricular and semilunar valves, the muscular interventricular septum, and the ventricular myocardium.Candidate for abnormal development of heart in DS
28 Cell type-specific over-expression of chromosome 21 genes in fibroblasts and fetal hearts with trisomy 21.Li CM, Guo M, Salas M, Schupf N, Silverman W, Zigman WB, Husain S, Warburton D, Thaker H, Tycko B BMC Med Genet ;7:24.Expression microarraysExpression differed across cell/tissue types.MX1 up in senescent +21 fibroblasts. (MX1 is an interferon target)Interferon signaling a candidate pathway for senescenceGART up in fetal hearts with +21Abnormal purine metabolism may have a role in cardiac defects.
29 Complex diseasenon-mendelian- familial aggregation, but no clear segregation.suggests causative agents and physiological mechanisms; evolution, development, homeostatic processes.generally more frequent than single-gene disorders.single-gene disorders and complex diseases have multiple genetic, developmental, and environmental factors. In single-gene disorders, one gene has a pronounced effect in producing the phenotype.Complex diseases is the major contributor to morbidity/mortality in developed countries.Single-gene disorders are a smaller burden of disease and death than do complex diseases.