Mental Retardation with Language Impairment and Autistic Features: FOXP1 Gene Deletion/Duplication

Condition Description

Hamdan et al. (2010) identified two patients with de novo mutations in the FOXP1 gene (3p14.1).  Mutation of the FOXP1 gene causes autosomal dominant mental retardation with language impairment and autistic features.  Common features seen in these patients include global developmental delay with severe language impairment, mild to moderate intellectual disability, autism or autistic features, and internalizing and externalizing behavior problems.  The FOXP1 gene and its closest homolog, the FOXP2 gene, may regulate common processes.  They are both expressed in overlapping regions of the brain including areas associated with the production and processing of vocalization and language. 

For patients with suspected mental retardation with language impairment and autistic features, sequence analysis is recommended as the first step in mutation identification. For patients in whom mutations are not identified by full gene sequencing, deletion/duplication analysis is appropriate.

  • Hamdan et al. (2010) Am J Hum Genet, 87:671-678.
  • OMIM #605515: FOXP1 gene
  • OMIM #613670: Mental Retardation with Language Impairment and Autistic Features

Genes (1)


This test is indicated for:
  • Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of mental retardation with language impairment and autistic features in an individual in whom sequence analysis was negative.
  • Carrier testing in adults with a family history of mental retardation with language impairment and autistic features in whom sequence analysis was negative.


DNA isolated from peripheral blood is hybridized to a CGH array to detect deletions and duplications. The targeted CGH array has overlapping probes which cover the entire genomic region.


Detection is limited to duplications and deletions. The CGH array will not detect point or intronic mutations. Results of molecular analysis must be interpreted in the context of the patient's clinical and/or biochemical phenotype.

Specimen Requirements

Listed below are EGL's preferred sample criteria. For any questions, please call 470.378.2200 and ask to speak with a laboratory genetic counselor (
Submit only 1 of the following specimen types
Whole Blood (EDTA)

EDTA (Purple Top)
Infants and Young Children (<2 years of age): 2-3 ml
Children > 2 years of age to 10 years old: 3-5 ml
Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml
Autopsy: 2-3 ml unclotted cord or cardiac blood
Collection and Shipping
Ship sample at room temperature for receipt at EGL within 72 hours of collection. Do not freeze.
DNA, Isolated

Isolation using the Perkin Elmer™Chemagen™ Chemagen™ Automated Extraction method or Qiagen™ Puregene kit for DNA extraction is recommended.
Collection and Shipping
Refrigerate until time of shipment in 100 ng/µL in TE buffer. Ship sample at room temperature with overnight delivery.

Special Instructions

Sequence analysis is required before deletion/duplication analysis by targeted CGH array. If sequencing is performed outside of EGL Genetics, please submit a copy of the sequencing report with the test requisition.
  • Sequence analysis of the FOXP1 gene is available and is required before deletion/duplication analysis. 
  • Sequencing and deletion/duplication analysis of the FOXP2 gene are available.
  • Custom diagnostic mutation analysis (KM) is available to family members if mutations are identified by targeted mutation testing or sequencing analysis.
  • Prenatal testing is available only for known familial mutations to individuals who are confirmed carriers of mutations. Please contact the laboratory genetic counselor to discuss appropriate testing prior to collecting a prenatal specimen.

How to Order