Parkes Weber syndrome, vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation, and other fast-flow vascular anomalies are caused by RASA1 mutations.

Research paper by Nicole N Revencu, Laurence M LM Boon, John B JB Mulliken, Odile O Enjolras, Maria Rosa MR Cordisco, Patricia E PE Burrows, Philippe P Clapuyt, Frank F Hammer, Josée J Dubois, Eulalia E Baselga, Francesco F Brancati, Robin R Carder, José Miguel Ceballos JM Quintal, Bruno B Dallapiccola, Gayle G Fischer, et al.

Indexed on: 01 May '08Published on: 01 May '08Published in: Human Mutation


Capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation (CM-AVM) is a newly recognized autosomal dominant disorder, caused by mutations in the RASA1 gene in six families. Here we report 42 novel RASA1 mutations and the associated phenotype in 44 families. The penetrance and de novo occurrence were high. All affected individuals presented multifocal capillary malformations (CMs), which represent the hallmark of the disorder. Importantly, one-third had fast-flow vascular lesions. Among them, we observed severe intracranial AVMs, including vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation, which were symptomatic at birth or during infancy, extracranial AVM of the face and extremities, and Parkes Weber syndrome (PKWS), previously considered sporadic and nongenetic. These fast-flow lesions can be differed from the other two genetic AVMs seen in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) and in phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) hamartomatous tumor syndrome. Finally, some CM-AVM patients had neural tumors reminiscent of neurofibromatosis type 1 or 2. This is the first extensive study on the phenotypes associated with RASA1 mutations, and unravels their wide heterogeneity.