Epimutation profiling in Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome: relationship with assisted reproductive technology

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  • Louise Tee
  • Marie-Odile Baudement
  • Gail Kirby
  • Tom Hancocks
  • Helen Stewart
  • Fiona Macdonald

Colleges, School and Institutes


Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) is a congenital overgrowth disorder associated with abnormalities in 11p15.5 imprinted genes. The most common cause is loss of methylation (epimutation) at the imprinting control centre 2 (IC2/KvDMR1). Most IC2 epimutations occur sporadically but an association with conception after assisted reproductive technologies (ART) has been reported. A subgroup of IC2 epimutation cases also harbour epimutations at other imprinting centres (ICs) outside of 11p15.5. We have investigated the relationship between these multiple epimutation cases (ME+), history of ART and clinical phenotype in a cohort of 187 BWS IC2 epimutation patients.


Original languageEnglish
Article number23
JournalClinical epigenetics
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2013


  • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, Assisted reproductive technology, Imprinting, Genetics