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SOX3 duplication: a genetic cause to investigate in fetuses with neural tube defects.

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Summary of "SOX3 duplication: a genetic cause to investigate in fetuses with neural tube defects."

Neural tube defects (NTDs) are one of the most common congenital anomalies caused by a complex interaction of many genetic and environmental factors. In about 10% of cases, NTDs are associated with genetic syndromes or chromosomal anomalies. Among these, SOX3 duplication has been reported in some isolated cases. The phenotype associated with this microduplication is variable and includes myelomeningocele (MMC) in both sexes as well as hypopituitarism and cognitive impairment in males. In order to determine the prevalence of this anomaly in fetuses with MMC, a retrospective cohort of fetuses with MMC was analyzed by qPCR targeting SOX3 locus.

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Name: Prenatal diagnosis
ISSN: 1097-0223
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