TACS is a clinically distinguishable entity with consistent clinically measurable endophenotypes. The type and distribution of vertebral column abnormalities in TBX6/Tbx6 compound inheritance implicate subtle perturbations in gene dosage as a cause of spine developmental birth defects responsible for about 10% of CS.
Congenital vertebral malformations (CVM) are associated with human TBX6 compound inheritance which combines a rare null allele and a common hypomorphic allele at the TBX6 locus.
On September 2, Dr. Shiro Ikegawa, the director of laboratory of Bone and Joint Diseases, RIKEN center for Intergrative Medical Sciences, Tokyo, Japan, paid a visit to Beijing Key Laboratory for Genetic Research of Skeletal Deformity of Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) and gave a lecture at the PUMCH Academic Salon Series in scholarism auditorium of PUMCH.
With the recent advance in genome-wide association studies (GWAS), disease-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and copy number variants (CNVs) have been extensively reported. Accordingly, the issue of incorrect identification of recombination events that can induce the distortion of multi-allelic or hemizygous variants has received more attention.
Brain arteriovenous malformations (BAVM) represent a congenital anomaly of the cerebral vessels with a prevalence of 10–18/100 000. BAVM is the leading aetiology of intracranial haemorrhage in children. Our objective was to identify gene variants potentially contributing to disease and to better define the molecular aetiology underlying non-syndromic sporadic BAVM.
On May 5th, 2018, DISCO study group held 2018 Forum for Genetics and Epigenetics of Skeletal Associated Disorders in Beijing, China. Professor Guixing Qiu, a senior member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering was the chairperson of the 2018 Forum for Genetics and Epigenetics of Skeletal Associated Disorders. Dr. Zhihong Wu, Dr. Nan Wu and Dr. Jianzhong Su were co-executive chairpersons of this forum. The forum lasted for 2 days.
On April 6th, 2018, Dr. Nan Wu was invited to give a key note lecture at the 2nd annual meeting of International Consortium for Spinal Genetics, Development and Disease (ICSGDD; formerly ICSG and ICVAS), Shenzhen, China.
Dr. Carol Wise, the director of molecular genetics and basic research at Scottish Rite Hospital, Texas, USA, visited Beijing Key Laboratory for Genetic Research of Skeletal Deformity of Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) on April 10th 2018.