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Craniofacial expression of human and murine TBX22 correlates with the cleft palate and ankyloglossia phenotype observed in CPx patients

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Steven LisgoORCiD, Professor Deborah HendersonORCiD, Professor Tom Strachan, Emerita Professor Susan Lindsay


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Cleft palate with ankyloglossia (CPX; MIM 303400) is inherited as a Mendelian, semidominant X-linked disorder and has been described in several large families from different ethnic origins. It is a useful genetic model for non-syndromic cleft palate, a common congenital disorder. Recently, the underlying genetic defect in CPX was identified; where unique mutations were found in the T-box-containing transcription factor TBX22. Here we report two new familial cases with novel missense and insertion mutations, each occurring within the T-box domain and highlighting the functional significance of this DNA-binding motif. We describe TBX22 expression in early human development, where expression is found in the palatal shelves and is highest prior to elevation to a horizontal position above the tongue. mRNA is also detected in the base of the tongue in the region of the frenulum that corresponds to the ankyloglossia seen in CPX patients. Other sites of expression include the inferior portion of the nasal septum that fuses to the palatal shelves, the mesenchyme from which tooth buds develop, and the tooth buds themselves. We have also identified the orthologous mouse :Tbx22 gene and performed expression analysis in E12.5-E17.5 mouse embryos. The location of mRNA expression closely correlates between mouse and human, while at later stages of development, we also detected expression in mouse lung and whisker follicles. We conclude that expression of TBX22 is entirely consistent with the CPX phenotype and that the mouse should provide a useful model for elucidating its role in craniofacial development.

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Author(s): Lindsay S; Strachan T; Henderson D; Lisgo S; Braybrook C; Doudney K; Marcano ACB; Patton MA; Villard L; Moore GE; Stanier P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Human Molecular Genetics

Year: 2002

Volume: 11

Issue: 22

Pages: 2793-2804

ISSN (print): 0964-6906

ISSN (electronic): 1460-2083

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/hmg/11.22.2793


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G9826762Medical Research Council