We identified a deletion of a gene encoding a subunit of RNA polymerases I and III, POLR1D, in an individual with Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS). Subsequently, we detected 20 additional heterozygous mutations of POLR1D in 252 individuals with TCS. Furthermore, we discovered mutations in both alleles of POLR1C in three individuals with TCS. These findings identify two additional genes involved in TCS, confirm the genetic heterogeneity of TCS and support the hypothesis that TCS is a ribosomopathy.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1038/ng.724, hdl.handle.net/1765/21874
Journal Nature Genetics
Note Article in press - dd December 2010
Dauwerse, J.G, Dixon, J, Seland, S, Ruivenkamp, C.A, van Haeringen, A, Hoefsloot, E.H, … Wieczorek, D. (2011). Mutations in genes encoding subunits of RNA polymerases I and III cause Treacher Collins syndrome. Nature Genetics, 43(1), 20–22. doi:10.1038/ng.724