Non-isolated congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH+) is a severe birth defect that is often caused by de novo chromosomal anomalies. In this report, we use genome-wide oligonucleotide-based array comparative genome hybridization (aCGH) followed by rapid real-time quantitative PCR analysis to identify, confirm and map chromosomal anomalies in a cohort of 26 CDH+ patients. One hundred and five putative copy number changes were identified by aCGH in our cohort of CDH+ patients. Sixty-one of these changes (58%) had been previously described in normal controls. Twenty of the remaining 44 changes (45%) were confirmed by quantitative real-time PCR or standard cytogenetic techniques. These changes included de novo chromosomal abnormalities in five of the 26 patients (19%), two of whom had previously normal G-banded chromosome analyses. Data from these patients provide evidence for the existence of CDH-related genes on chromosomes 2q37, 6p22-25 and 14q, and refine the CDH minimal deleted region on 15q26 to an interval that contains COUP - TFII and only eight other known genes. Although COUP - TFII is likely to play a role in the development of CDH in patients with 15q26 deletions, we did not find COUP - TFII mutations in 73 CDH samples. We conclude that the combination of oligonucleotide-based aCGH and quantitative real-time PCR is an effective method of identifying, confirming and mapping clinically relevant copy number changes in patients with CDH+. This method is more sensitive than G-banded chromosome analysis and may find wide application in screening patients with congenital anomalies.

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Scott, D.A, Klaassens, M, Holder, A.M, Lally, K.P, Fernandes, C.J, Galjaard, R-J.H, … Lee, B. (2007). Genome-wide oligonucleotide-based array comparative genome hybridization analysis of non-isolated congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Human Molecular Genetics, 16(4), 424–430. doi:10.1093/hmg/ddl475