XLMR with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum: IGBP1 Gene Deletion/Duplication

Condition Description

In 2003, Graham et al. reported two brothers with a unique clinical presentation and mutations in the IGBP1 gene (Xq13.1-q13.3), also called the Alpha 4 gene.

The brothers had a clinical presentation of coloboma (iris in one brother and optic nerve in the other), high forehead, severe retrognathia, mild to moderate intellectual disability, and agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC). They also had low-set cupped ears with sensorineural hearing loss, downslanting palpebral fissures, short broad neck, pectus excavatum, scoliosis, and short stature. One brother also had choanal atresia and cardiac defects (ventricular septal defect and patent ductus arteriosis).

Changes in the 5’ UTR sequence of the IGBP1 gene were identified in these brothers and their carrier mother. The changes were not observed in the brothers’ maternal half-uncle or in 410 control chromosomes. The protein product of the IGBP1 gene has been shown to interact with MID1, the product of the gene mutated in X-linked Opitz GBBB syndrome.

For patients with suspected XLMR with agenesis of the corpus callosum, 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.


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This test is indicated for:

  • Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of X-linked agenesis of the corpus callosum with mental retardation, coloboma, and micrognathia in an individual in whom sequence analysis was negative.
  • Carrier testing in adult females with a family history of X-linked agenesis of the corpus callosum with mental retardation, coloboma, and micrognathia  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 (eglgc@egl-eurofins.com).
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

Submit copies of diagnostic biochemical test results with the sample, if appropriate. Contact the laboratory if further information is needed.

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 IGBP1 gene is available and is required before deletion/duplication analysis. 
  • An XLID sequencing panel and a CGH array-based test for deletion/duplication analysis of 90+ different X-linked intellectual disability genes 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 for known familial mutations only. Please contact the laboratory genetic counselor to discuss appropriate testing prior to collecting a prenatal specimen.

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