Publications by authors named "Charlotte K Lautrup"

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Nationwide germline whole genome sequencing of 198 consecutive pediatric cancer patients reveals a high incidence of cancer prone syndromes.

PLoS Genet 2020 12 17;16(12):e1009231. Epub 2020 Dec 17.

Department of Clinical Genetics, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Purpose: Historically, cancer predisposition syndromes (CPSs) were rarely established for children with cancer. This nationwide, population-based study investigated how frequently children with cancer had or were likely to have a CPS.

Methods: Children (0-17 years) in Denmark with newly diagnosed cancer were invited to participate in whole-genome sequencing of germline DNA. Suspicion of CPS was assessed according to Jongmans'/McGill Interactive Pediatric OncoGenetic Guidelines (MIPOGG) criteria and familial cancer diagnoses were verified using population-based registries.

Results: 198 of 235 (84.3%) eligible patients participated, of whom 94/198 (47.5%) carried pathogenic variants (PVs) in a CPS gene or had clinical features indicating CPS. Twenty-nine of 198 (14.6%) patients harbored a CPS, of whom 21/198 (10.6%) harbored a childhood-onset and 9/198 (4.5%) an adult-onset CPS. In addition, 23/198 (11.6%) patients carried a PV associated with biallelic CPS. Seven of the 54 (12.9%) patients carried two or more variants in different CPS genes. Seventy of 198 (35.4%) patients fulfilled the Jongmans' and/or MIPOGG criteria indicating an underlying CPS, including two of the 9 (22.2%) patients with an adult-onset CPS versus 18 of the 21 (85.7%) patients with a childhood-onset CPS (p = 0.0022), eight of the additional 23 (34.8%) patients with a heterozygous PV associated with biallelic CPS, and 42 patients without PVs. Children with a central nervous system (CNS) tumor had family members with CNS tumors more frequently than patients with other cancers (11/44, p = 0.04), but 42 of 44 (95.5%) cases did not have a PV in a CPS gene.

Conclusion: These results demonstrate the value of systematically screening pediatric cancer patients for CPSs and indicate that a higher proportion of childhood cancers may be linked to predisposing germline variants than previously supposed.
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December 2020

Delineation of musculocontractural Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome caused by dermatan sulfate epimerase deficiency.

Mol Genet Genomic Med 2020 05 4;8(5):e1197. Epub 2020 Mar 4.

Center for Medical Genetics, Shinshu University Hospital, Matsumoto, Japan.

Background: Musculocontractural Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (mcEDS) is a rare connective tissue disorder caused by biallelic loss-of-function variants in CHST14 (mcEDS-CHST14) or DSE (mcEDS-DSE), both of which result in defective dermatan sulfate biosynthesis. Forty-one patients with mcEDS-CHST14 and three patients with mcEDS-DSE have been described in the literature.

Methods: Clinical, molecular, and glycobiological findings in three additional patients with mcEDS-DSE were investigated.

Results: Three patients from two families shared craniofacial characteristics (hypertelorism, blue sclera, midfacial hypoplasia), skeletal features (pectus and spinal deformities, characteristic finger shapes, progressive talipes deformities), skin features (fine or acrogeria-like palmar creases), and ocular refractive errors. Homozygous pathogenic variants in DSE were found: c.960T>A/p.Tyr320* in patient 1 and c.996dupT/p.Val333Cysfs*4 in patients 2 and 3. No dermatan sulfate was detected in the urine sample from patient 1, suggesting a complete depletion of DS.

Conclusion: McEDS-DSE is a congenital multisystem disorder with progressive symptoms involving craniofacial, skeletal, cutaneous, and cardiovascular systems, similar to the symptoms of mcEDS-CHST14. However, the burden of symptoms seems lower in patients with mcEDS-DSE.
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May 2020

Nordic Guidelines for Germline Predisposition to Myeloid Neoplasms in Adults: Recommendations for Genetic Diagnosis, Clinical Management and Follow-up.

Hemasphere 2019 12 4;3(6):e321. Epub 2019 Nov 4.

Department of Clinical Genetics, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark.

Myeloid neoplasms (MNs) with germline predisposition have recently been recognized as novel entities in the latest World Health Organization (WHO) classification for MNs. Individuals with MNs due to germline predisposition exhibit increased risk for the development of MNs, mainly acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Setting the diagnosis of MN with germline predisposition is of crucial clinical significance since it may tailor therapy, dictate the selection of donor for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), determine the conditioning regimen, enable relevant prophylactic measures and early intervention or contribute to avoid unnecessary or even harmful medication. Finally, it allows for genetic counseling and follow-up of at-risk family members. Identification of these patients in the clinical setting is challenging, as there is no consensus due to lack of evidence regarding the criteria defining the patients who should be tested for these conditions. In addition, even in cases with a strong suspicion of a MN with germline predisposition, no standard diagnostic algorithm is available. We present the first version of the Nordic recommendations for diagnostics, surveillance and management including considerations for allo-HSCT for patients and carriers of a germline mutation predisposing to the development of MNs.
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December 2019

First reported adult patient with TARP syndrome: A case report.

Am J Med Genet A 2018 12 21;176(12):2915-2918. Epub 2018 Nov 21.

Research and Knowledge Center in Sensory Genetics, Department of Clinical Genetics, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark.

TARP syndrome (talipes equinovarus, atrial septal defect, Robin sequence, and persistence of the left superior vena cava) is a rare X-linked syndrome often resulting in pre- or post-natal lethality in affected males. In 2010, RBM10 was identified as the disease-causing gene, and we describe the first adult patient with TARP syndrome at age 28 years, hereby expanding the phenotypic spectrum. Our patient had Robin sequence, atrial septal defect, intellectual disability, scoliosis, and other findings previously associated with TARP syndrome. In addition, he had a prominent nose and nasal bridge, esotropia, displacement of lacrimal points in the cranial direction, small teeth, and chin dimple, which are the findings that have not previously been associated with TARP syndrome. Our patient was found to carry a hemizygous c.273_283delinsA RBM10 mutation in exon 4, an exon skipped in three of five protein-coding transcripts, suggesting a possible explanation for our patient surviving to adulthood. Direct sequencing of maternal DNA indicated possible mosaicism, which was confirmed by massive parallel sequencing. One of two sisters were heterozygous for the mutation. Therefore, we recommend sisters of patients with TARP syndrome be carrier tested before family planning regardless of carrier testing results of the mother. Based on our patient and previously reported patients, we suggest TARP syndrome be considered as a possible diagnosis in males with severe or profound intellectual disability combined with septal heart defect, and Robin sequence, micrognathia, or cleft palate.
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December 2018

Familial colorectal cancer risk may be lower than previously thought: a Danish cohort study.

Cancer Epidemiol 2015 Oct 26;39(5):714-9. Epub 2015 Jul 26.

Department of Clinical Genetics, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.

Background: The risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) is reportedly increased two-fold if at least one first-degree relative (FDR) is affected with CRC, increasing to three- to four-fold if multiple FDRs are affected or if one FDR was diagnosed at a young age. We evaluated familial risk of CRC, systematically excluding monogenetic high-risk families with polyposis or Lynch syndrome/hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC).

Methods: FDRs of 1196 Danish CRC patients diagnosed between 1995 and 1998 (baseline) were identified and the family history of cancer was assessed at baseline using Danish medical registries; 4182 FDRs without CRC from 1060 of the families were matched on age and gender with ten individuals from the general population and followed from baseline to 2010. Family history was updated with any new cancer event during follow-up.

Results: Using Cox proportional hazard modeling the risk estimates were: at least one relative with CRC: hazard ratio (HR)=1.78 (95%CI: 1.45, 2.17), one relative with CRC diagnosed after the age of 50: HR=1.68 (95%CI: 1.32, 2.14), one relative with CRC diagnosed before the age of 50: HR=1.86 (95%CI: 0.70, 4.94), and multiple affected relatives: HR=2.04 (95%CI: 1.38, 3.00).

Conclusion: Although the overall risk in FDRs of CRC patients in our study was comparable with the results of previous studies, the risk in families with multiple relatives with CRC or one CRC patient diagnosed young may be lower than reported previously.
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October 2015

Heart defects and other features of the 22q11 distal deletion syndrome.

Eur J Med Genet 2013 Feb 10;56(2):98-107. Epub 2012 Oct 10.

Department of Clinical Genetics, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.

22q11.2 distal deletion syndrome is distinct from the common 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and caused by microdeletions localized adjacent to the common 22q11 deletion at its telomeric end. Most distal deletions of 22q11 extend from LCR22-4 to an LCR in the range LCR22-5 to LCR22-8. We present three patients with 22q11 distal deletions, of whom two have complex congenital heart malformation, thus broadening the phenotypic spectrum. We compare cardiac malformations reported in 22q11 distal deletion to those reported in the common 22q11 deletion syndrome. We also review the literature for patients with 22q11 distal deletions, and discuss the possible roles of haploinsufficiency of the MAPK1 gene. We find the most frequent features in 22q11 distal deletion to be developmental delay or learning disability, short stature, microcephalus, premature birth with low birth weight, and congenital heart malformation ranging from minor anomalies to complex malformations. Behavioral problems are also seen in a substantial portion of patients. The following dysmorphic features are relatively common: smooth philtrum, abnormally structured ears, cleft palate/bifid uvula, micro-/retrognathia, upslanting palpebral fissures, thin upper lip, and ear tags. Very distal deletions including region LCR22-6 to LCR22-7 encompassing the SMARCB1-gene are associated with an increased risk of malignant rhabdoid tumors.
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February 2013