Publications by authors named "Bruno Vankeirsbilck"

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Novel mutations in LRP6 highlight the role of WNT signaling in tooth agenesis.

Genet Med 2016 11 10;18(11):1158-1162. Epub 2016 Mar 10.

Department of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Biology, Radboud University Medical Center, 6500 HB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Purpose: We aimed to identify a novel genetic cause of tooth agenesis (TA) and/or orofacial clefting (OFC) by combining whole-exome sequencing (WES) and targeted resequencing in a large cohort of TA and OFC patients.

Methods: WES was performed in two unrelated patients: one with severe TA and OFC and another with severe TA only. After deleterious mutations were identified in a gene encoding low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 6 (LRP6), all its exons were resequenced with molecular inversion probes in 67 patients with TA, 1,072 patients with OFC, and 706 controls.

Results: We identified a frameshift (c.4594delG, p.Cys1532fs) and a canonical splice-site mutation (c.3398-2A>C, p.?) in LRP6, respectively, in the patient with TA and OFC and in the patient with severe TA only. The targeted resequencing showed significant enrichment of unique LRP6 variants in TA patients but not in nonsyndromic OFC patients. Of the five variants in patients with TA, two affected the canonical splice site and three were missense variants; all variants segregated with the dominant phenotype, and in one case the missense mutation occurred de novo.

Conclusion: Mutations in LRP6 cause TA in humans.Genet Med 18 11, 1158-1162.
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November 2016

Leiden Open Variation Database of the MUTYH gene.

Hum Mutat 2010 Nov;31(11):1205-15

Department of Clinical Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.

The MUTYH gene encodes a DNA glycosylase involved in base excision repair (BER). Biallelic pathogenic MUTYH variants have been associated with colorectal polyposis and cancer. The pathogenicity of a few variants is beyond doubt, including c.536A4G/p.Tyr179Cys and c.1187G4A/p.Gly396Asp (previously c.494A4G/p.Tyr165Cys and c.1145G4A/p.Gly382Asp).However, for a substantial fraction of the detected variants, the clinical significance remains uncertain,compromising molecular diagnostics and thereby genetic counseling. We have established an interactive MUTYH gene sequence variant database ( with the aim of collecting and sharing MUTYH genotype and phenotype data worldwide. To support standard variant description, we chose NM_001128425.1 as the reference sequence. The database includes records with variants per individual, linked to available phenotype and geographic origin data as well as records with in vitro functional and in silico test data. As of April 2010, the database contains 1968 published and 423 unpublished submitted entries, and 230 and 61 unique variants,respectively. This open-access repository allows all involved to quickly share all variants encountered and communicate potential consequences, which will be especially useful to classify variants of uncertain significance.
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November 2010

Diagnostic DHPLC Quality Assurance (DDQA): a collaborative approach to the generation of validated and standardized methods for DHPLC-based mutation screening in clinical genetics laboratories.

Hum Mutat 2005 Jun;25(6):583-92

Center for Human Genetics, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Genetic testing in a clinical diagnostic environment must be subject to rigorous quality control procedures, in order to ensure consistency and accuracy of results. Denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) has become a standard prescreening tool for mutation detection, offering very high efficiency and sensitivity of detection. Despite the relatively simple software-assisted assay setup, DHPLC is a complex assay, and quality control is reliant on ensuring optimal instrument performance, excellent assay design and validation, and sufficient user training and proficiency to interpret results. We describe here a unique collaborative effort by a group of diagnostic clinical genetics laboratories with DHPLC expertise who, together with the manufacturer of one of the most widely used DHPLC platforms, have generated standard operating procedures (SOPs) for instrument operation and maintenance, and for mutation detection by DHPLC. We also describe the validation of a disease-specific SOP for DHPLC assisted mutation screening of the MECP2 gene associated with Rett syndrome. The proposed SOP was validated, and used independently in two laboratories to introduce MECP2 testing. In addition, we provide empirically derived normal ranges for the WAVE System Mutation Standards, which are essential for optimal instrument performance. This effort was initiated to try to standardize DHPLC-based mutation screening procedures across laboratories, and so increase the overall quality of this testing method. This endeavor will thus save each laboratory from having to generate SOPs on their own, which is a lengthy and laborious task. In this respect, we define "generic" SOPs as procedures that are easily adaptable to the individual laboratories' quality systems.
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June 2005