17p13.3 microduplication, a potential novel genetic locus for nonsyndromic bilateral cleft lip and palate.
Ibitoye RM., Roberts J., Goodacre T., Kini U.
Cleft lip and palate (CLP) is a relatively common congenital malformation. The etiology is complex and postulated to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The genetic loci for nonsyndromic CLP remain poorly characterized. Two families have recently been reported with a chromosome 17p13.3 microduplication and CLP. We report a third family with four individuals affected by nonsyndromic bilateral CLP and a 350-kb chromosome 17p13.3 microduplication (17:1,113,102-1,461,838). Our family possesses the smallest overlapping chromosome 17p13.3 microduplication associated with CLP, narrowing down the critical region for this potential new genetic locus for CLP.