Identification of novel rare copy number variants associated with sporadic tetralogy of Fallot and clinical implications

Guo Wei He, Cheryl L. Maslen, Huan Xin Chen, Hai Tao Hou, Xiao Yan Bai, Xiu Li Wang, Xiao Cheng Liu, Wan Li Lu, Xin Xin Chen, Wei Dan Chen, Quan Sheng Xing, Qin Wu, Jun Wang, Qin Yang

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Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is the most common cyanotic congenital heart disease. Highly penetrant copy number variants (CNVs) and genes related to the etiology of TOF likely exist with differences among populations. We aimed to identify CNV contributions to sporadic TOF cases in Han Chinese. Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood in 605 subjects (303 sporadic TOF and 302 unaffected Han Chinese [Control] from cardiac centers in China) and analyzed by genome-wide association study (GWAS). The GWAS results were compared with existing Database of Genetic Variants. These CNVs were further validated by qPCR. Bioinformatics analyses were performed with protein–protein interaction (PPI) network and KEGG pathway enrichment. Across all chromosomes 119 novel “TOF-specific CNVs” were identified with prevalence of CNVs of 21.5% in chromosomes 1-20 and 37.0% including Chr21/22. In chromosomes 1-20, CNVs on 11q25 (encompasses genes ACAD8, B3GAT1, GLB1L2, GLB1L3, IGSF9B, JAM3, LOC100128239, LOC283177, MIR4697, MIR4697HG, NCAPD3, OPCML, SPATA19, THYN1, and VPS26B) and 14q32.33 (encompasses genes THYN1, OPCML, and NCAPD3) encompass genes most likely to be associated with TOF. Specific CNVs found on the chromosome 21 (6.3%) and 22(11.9%) were also identified in details. PPI network analysis identified the genes covering the specific CNVs related to TOF and the signaling pathways. This study for first time identified novel TOF-specific CNVs in the Han Chinese with higher frequency than in Caucasians and with 11q25 and 14q32.33 not reported in TOF of Caucasians. These novel CNVs identify new candidate genes for TOF and provide new insights into genetic basis of TOF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-403
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Genetics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • copy number variants
  • genetic
  • genome-wide association study
  • tetralogy of Fallot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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