Cantú syndrome is caused by mutations in ABCC9

Bregje W.M. Van Bon, Christian Gilissen, Dorothy K. Grange, Raoul C.M. Hennekam, Hülya Kayserili, Hartmut Engels, Heiko Reutter, John R. Ostergaard, Eva Morava, Konstantinos Tsiakas, Bertrand Isidor, Martine Le Merrer, Metin Eser, Nienke Wieskamp, Petra De Vries, Marloes Steehouwer, Joris A. Veltman, Stephen P. Robertson, Han G. Brunner, Bert B.A. De VriesAlexander Hoischen

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Cantú syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by congenital hypertrichosis, neonatal macrosomia, a distinct osteochondrodysplasia, and cardiomegaly. Using an exome-sequencing approach applied to one proband-parent trio and three unrelated single cases, we identified heterozygous mutations in ABCC9 in all probands. With the inclusion of the remaining cohort of ten individuals with Cantú syndrome, a total of eleven mutations in ABCC9 were found. The de novo occurrence in all six simplex cases in our cohort substantiates the presence of a dominant disease mechanism. All mutations were missense, and several mutations affect Arg1154. This mutation hot spot lies within the second type 1 transmembrane region of this ATP-binding cassette transporter protein, which may suggest an activating mutation. ABCC9 encodes the sulfonylurea receptor (SUR) that forms ATP-sensitive potassium channels (K ATP channels) originally shown in cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscle. Previously, loss-of-function mutations in this gene have been associated with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy type 10 (CMD10). These findings identify the genetic basis of Cantú syndrome and suggest that this is a new member of the potassium channelopathies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1094-1101
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of human genetics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 8 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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