Deep whole genome sequencing of multiple proband tissues and parental blood reveals the complex genetic etiology of congenital diaphragmatic hernias

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E. L. BogenschutzGabrielle Kardon


The diaphragm is a mammalian muscle critical for respiration and separation of the thoracic and abdominal cavities. Defects in the development of the diaphragm are the cause of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a common birth defect. In CDH, weaknesses in the developing diaphragm allow abdominal contents to herniate into the thoracic cavity and impair lung development, leading to a high neonatal mortality. The genetic etiology of CDH is complex. Single nucleotide variants (SNVs), insertion/deletions (indels), and structural/copy number variants in more than 150 genes have been associated with CDH, although few genes are recurrently mutated in multiple patients and recurrently mutated genes can be incompletely penetrant. This suggests that multiple genetic variants in combination, other not yet investigated classes of variants, and/or nongenetic factors contribute to CDH susceptibility. However, to date no studies have comprehensively investigated the contribution of all possible classes of variants throughout the genome to the etiology of CDH. In our study, we used a unique cohort of four patients with isolated CDH with samples from blood, skin, and diaphragm connective tissue and parental blood samples and deep whole geno...Continue Reading

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