Congenital generalized lipodystrophy: Identification of novel variants and expansion of clinical spectrum

A. Haghighi, Z. Kavehmanesh, A. Haghighi, F. Salehzadeh, F. Santos-Simarro, L. Van Maldergem, L. Cimbalistiene, F. Collins, M. Chopra, S. Al-Sinani, S. Dastmalchian, D. C. de Silva, H. Bakhti, A. Garg, P. Hilbert

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Congenital generalized lipodystrophy (CGL) is an autosomal recessive disorder with two major subtypes. Variants in AGPAT2 result in CGL type 1 with milder manifestations, whereas BSCL2 variants cause CGL type 2 with more severe features. Muscle hypertrophy caused by lack of adipose tissue is present early in life in CGL patients. Our aim was to investigate 10 CGL patients from 7 different countries and report genotype-phenotype relationships. Genetic analysis identified disease-causing variants in AGPAT2 (five patients) and in BSCL2 (five patients), including three novel variants; c.134C>A (p.Ser45*), c.216C>G (p.Tyr72*) in AGPAT2 and c.458C>A (p.Ser153*) in BSCL2. We also report possible novel clinical features such as anemia, breast enlargement, steatorrhea, intraventricular hemorrhage and nephrolithiasis in CGL patients. Generalized lipodystrophy and muscular hypertrophy were the only features in all of our patients. Hepatomegaly was the second common feature. Some manifestations were exclusively noticed in our CGL2 patients; hypertrichosis, high-pitched voice and umbilical hernia. Bone cysts and history of seizures were noticed only in CGL1 patients. The findings of this study expand our knowledge of genotype-phenotype correlations in CGL patients. These results have important clinical applications in diagnosis and management of the CGL patients as well as in genetic counseling in families at-risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-441
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Genetics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • AGPAT2
  • BSCL2
  • CGL1
  • CGL2
  • Congenital generalized lipodystrophy
  • Genotype-phenotype correlations
  • Novel variants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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