Frequency of KCNQ1 variants causing loss of methylation of Imprinting Centre 2 in Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome

Carla Eßinger, Stephanie Karch, Ute Moog, György Fekete, Anna Lengyel, Eva Pinti, Thomas Eggermann, Matthias Begemann

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Background: Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) is an imprinting disorder caused by disturbances of the chromosomal region 11p15.5. The most frequent molecular finding in BWS is loss of methylation (LOM) of the Imprinting Centre 2 (IC2) region on the maternal allele, which is localised in intron 10 of the KCNQ1 gene. In rare cases, LOM of IC2 has been reported in families with KCNQ1 germline variants which additionally cause long-QT syndrome (LQTS). Thus, a functional link between disrupted KCNQ1 transcripts and altered IC2 methylation has been suggested, resulting in the co-occurrence of LQTS and BWS in case of maternal inheritance. Whereas these cases were identified by chance or in patients with abnormal electrocardiograms, a systematic screen for KCNQ1 variants in IC2 LOM carriers has not yet been performed. Results: We analysed 52 BWS patients with IC2 LOM to determine the frequency of germline variants in KCNQ1 by MLPA and an amplicon-based next generation sequencing approach. We identified one patient with a splice site variant causing premature transcription termination of KCNQ1. Conclusions: Our study strengthens the hypothesis that proper KCNQ1 transcription is required for the establishment of IC2 methylation, but that KCNQ1 variants cause IC2 LOM only in a small number of BWS patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number63
JournalClinical Epigenetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 11 2020


  • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome
  • Imprinting Centre 2
  • KCNQ1 variants
  • Long-QT syndrome
  • Loss of methylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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