Moebius syndrome (MBS) is a congenital disorder caused by paralysis of the facial and abducens nerves. Although a number of candidate genes have been suspected, so far only mutations in PLXND1 and REV3L are confirmed to cause MBS. Here, we fine mapped the breakpoints of a complex chromosomal rearrangement (CCR) 46,XY,t(7;8;11;13) in a patient with MBS, which revealed 41 clustered breakpoints with typical hallmarks of chromothripsis. Among 12 truncated protein-coding genes, SEMA3A is known to bind to the MBS-associated PLXND1. Intriguingly, the CCR also truncated PIK3CG, which in silico interacts with REVL3 encoded by the other known MBS-gene REV3L, and with the SEMA3A/PLXND1 complex via FLT1. Additional studies of other complex rearrangements may reveal whether the multiple breakpoints in germline chromothripsis may predispose to complex multigenic disorders.
- Moebius syndrome
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