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Lig4 Syndrome

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Commonly associated features include primordial growth failure with severe microcephaly and a spectrum of learning difficulties, marrow hypoplasia and a predisposition to lymphoid malignancy [1]. Diagnostic investigations include immunophenotyping, and testing for radiosensitivity [2]. Some patients present with microcephaly as a predominant feature, but seemingly normal immunity [3]. The process of V(D)J recombination functions during the development of the immune response, and involves the introduction and rejoining of programmed DSBs to generate an array of diverse T and B Cells [4]. NHEJ also functions in class switch recombination, another step enhancing T and B cell diversity [5].

Via combined analysis of DNA breakage, apoptosis, and cell-cycle checkpoint control in tissues, we show that apoptosis in the VZ/SVZ and IZ is activated by low numbers of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) [6]. The disease leads to acute radiosensitivity, immunodeficiency and Bone marrow abnormalities [7]. The phenotype of homozygous mutant mice Lig4(R278H/R278H) (Lig4(R/R)) includes Growth Retardation, a decreased life span, a severe cellular sensitivity to ionizing radiation, and a very severe, but incomplete block in T and B cell development [8]. Cell lines from these patients are characterized by sensitivity to DSB-inducing agents [9]. Defects in V(D)J recombination result in SCID characterized by absence of mature B and T Cells [10].

We report a 4(1/2)-year-old boy who presented with acute T-cell leukemia [11]. Although four of the five identified patients display Immunodeficiency and developmental delay, one patient was developmentally normal [12]. RS-SCID is characterised by severe combined immunodeficiency but patients have no overt developmental abnormalities [13].

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