Updating the profile of C-terminal MECP2 deletions in Rett syndrome

A. Bebbington, A. Percy, John Christodoulou, D. Ravine, Gavin Ho, P. Jacoby, A. Anderson, M. Pineda, B. Ben Zeev, N. Bahi-Buisson, E. Smeets, H. Leonard*

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Objectives This study aimed to compare the phenotype of Rett syndrome cases with C-terminal deletions to that of cases with different MECP2 mutations and to examine the phenotypic variation within C-terminal deletions. Methods Cases were selected from InterRett, an international database and from the population-based Australian Rett Syndrome Database. Cases (n = 832) were included if they had a pathogenic MECP2 mutation in which the nature of the amino acid change was known. Three severity scale systems were used, and individual aspects of the phenotype were also compared. Results Lower severity was associated with C-terminal deletions (n = 79) compared to all other MECP2 mutations (e. g. Pineda scale C-terminals mean 15.0 (95% CI 14.0-16.0) vs 16.2 (15.9-16.5). Cases with C-terminal deletions were more likely to have a normal head circumference (odds ratio 3.22, 95% CI 1.53-6.79) and weight (odds ratio 2.97, 95% CI 1.25-5.76). Onset of stereotypies tended to be later (median age 2.5 years vs 2 years, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-248
JournalJournal of Medical Genetics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

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