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    Neonatal progeroid syndrome, also known as Wiedemann-Rautenstrauch syndrome, is a rare condition characterized by severe growth retardation, apparent macrocephaly with prominent scalp veins, and lipodystrophy. It is caused by biallelic variants in POLR3A, a gene encoding for a subunit of RNA polymerase III. All variants reported in the literature lead to at least a partial loss-of-function (when considering both alleles together). Here, we describe an individual with several clinical features of neonatal progeroid syndrome in whom exome sequencing revealed a homozygous nonsense variant in POLR3GL (NM_032305.2:c.358C>T; p.(Arg120Ter)). POLR3GL also encodes a subunit of RNA polymerase III and has recently been associated with endosteal hyperostosis and oligodontia in three patients with a phenotype distinct from the patient described here. Given the important role of POLR3GL in the same complex as the protein implicated in neonatal progeroid syndrome, the nature of the variant identified, our RNA studies suggesting nonsense-mediated decay, and the clinical overlap, we propose POLR3GL as a gene causing a variant of neonatal progeroid syndrome and therefore expand the phenotype associated with POLR3GL variants.


    Eliane Beauregard-Lacroix, Smrithi Salian, Hyunyun Kim, Sophie Ehresmann, Guylaine DʹAmours, Julie Gauthier, Virginie Saillour, Geneviève Bernard, Grant A Mitchell, Jean-François Soucy, Jacques L Michaud, Philippe M Campeau. A variant of neonatal progeroid syndrome, or Wiedemann-Rautenstrauch syndrome, is associated with a nonsense variant in POLR3GL. European journal of human genetics : EJHG. 2020 Apr;28(4):461-468

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    PMID: 31695177

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