Russell-Silver syndrome due to paternal H19/IGF2 hypomethylation in a patient conceived using intracytoplasmic sperm injection

M. Chopra, David J Amor, L. Sutton, E. Algar, David Mowat

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Epigenetic alterations at several maternal loci have been associated with imprinting disorders in children conceived using assisted reproductive technologies. To date, epimutations at paternal loci have been observed in the spermatozoa of infertile men, but there is little evidence of paternal epimutations in babies conceived using assisted reproductive treatment. This is a report of a female infant with classic Russell-Silver Syndrome (RSS) who was conceived using intracytoplasmic injection of spermatozoa obtained from testicular aspiration. Methylation studies revealed hypomethylation of the paternally derived H19/IGF2 locus. As far as is known, this is the second assisted reproduction treatment-conceived patient with classic RSS and this epigenotype. This case provides further evidence that epimutations affecting paternal alleles might be associated with assisted reproductive treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-847
Number of pages5
JournalReproductive BioMedicine Online
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Imprinting disorders
  • Russell-Silver syndrome

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