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Genomic Medicine

, Volume 2, Issue 3–4, pp 69–76

First Online: 11 March 2009Received: 22 July 2008Revised: 17 December 2008Accepted: 13 February 2009DOI: 10.1007-s11568-009-9028-2

Cite this article as: Kumar, D. HUGO J 2008 2: 69. doi:10.1007-s11568-009-9028-2


Genetic diseases are recognized to be one of the major categories of human disease. Traditionally genetic diseases are subdivided into chromosomal numerical or structural aberrations, monogenic or Mendelian diseases, multifactorial-polygenic complex diseases and mitochondrial genetic disorders. A large proportion of these conditions occur sporadically. With the advent of newer molecular techniques, a number of new disorders and dysmorphic syndromes are delineated in detail. Some of these conditions do not conform to the conventional inheritance patterns and mechanisms are often complex and unique. Examples include submicroscopic microdeletions or microduplications, trinucleotide repeat disorders, epigenetic disorders due to genomic imprinting, defective transcription or translation due to abnormal RNA patterning and pathogenic association with single nucleotide polymorphisms and copy number variations. Among these several apparently monogenic disorders result from non-allelic homologous recombination associated with the presence of low copy number repeats on either side of the critical locus or gene cluster. The term ‘disorders of genome architecture’ is alternatively used to highlight these disorders, for example Charcot-Marie-Tooth type IA, Smith-Magenis syndrome, Neurofibromatosis type 1 and many more with an assigned OMIM number. Many of these so called genomic disorders occur sporadically resulting from largely non-recurrent de novo genomic rearrangements. Locus-specific mutation rates for genomic rearrangements appear to be two to four times greater than nucleotide-specific rates for base substitutions. Recent studies on several disease-associated recombination hotspots in male-germ cells indicate an excess of genomic rearrangements resulting in microduplications that are clinically underdiagnosed compared to microdeletion syndromes. Widespread application of high-resolution genome analyses may offer to detect more sporadic phenotypes resulting from genomic rearrangements involving de novo copy number variation.

KeywordsGenome Genome architecture Genomic disorder Genomic rearrangements Mendelian disease Sporadic disease De novo mutations Malformation syndrome  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Dhavendra Kumar

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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