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Limb disorders

Gene: SOX9

Red List (low evidence)

SOX9 (SRY-box 9)
EnsemblGeneIds (GRCh38): ENSG00000125398
EnsemblGeneIds (GRCh37): ENSG00000125398
OMIM: 608160, Gene2Phenotype
SOX9 is in 11 panels

4 reviews

Andrew Wilkie (University of Oxford)

I don't know

SOX9 and brachydactyly should be green (multiple duplications in cis associated: Kurth Nat Genet 41:862-3;2009. However these alter regulation of KCNJ2 rather than SOX9; Franke Nature 538:265-8;2016)
Created: 1 Aug 2019, 5:10 p.m. | Last Modified: 1 Aug 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Panel Version: 1.24

Louise Daugherty (Genomics England Curator)

Red List (low evidence)

Agree with Red rating. Brachydactyly-anonychia is not primarily a limb-only phenotype, the gene is better represented on the Unexplained skeletal dysplasia panel due campomelic dysplasia, or acampomelic dysplasia, with short ribs and bowed long bones being the predominant phenotype. PMID: 19639023 reported duplications of noncoding elements 5' of SOX9 were associated with brachydactyly-anonychia.
Created: 7 Nov 2018, 1:26 p.m.

Mode of inheritance
MONOALLELIC, autosomal or pseudoautosomal, imprinted status unknown



Eleanor Williams (Genomics England Curator)

The region upstream of SOX9 where duplications are assoicated with increased expression of KCNJ2 has been submitted to Clingen for review.
Created: 29 Nov 2019, 12:08 p.m. | Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019, 12:08 p.m.
Panel Version: 1.137
Associated with Campomelic dysplasia (114290) in OMIM and CAMPOMELIC DYSPLASIA and PIERRE ROBIN SEQUENCE in Gene2Phenotype (both confirmed).

Publications relating to the duplications in the region between KCNJ2 and SOX9:

PMID: 19639023 - Kurth et al 2009 - investigated four families with symmetric brachydactyly of the hands and feet as well as hyponychia or anonychia. All affected were of normal height and had no other skeletal abnormality. They identified overlapping duplications in a ∼2 Mb interval on chromosome 17q24.3. Comparison of the four duplications revealed a minimal critical region of ∼1.2 Mb encompassing a large gene desert between KCNJ2 and SOX9. In situ hybridizations in mouse embryos, showed that Sox9 was strongly expressed in the distal mesenchymal condensations at embryonic day (E) 12.5 that will later develop into the terminal phalanges and, at a later time point (E17.5), in the anlagen of the developing claw.

PMID: 27706140 - Franke et al 2016 - used chromosome conformation capture methods to look at topologically associated domains in patient cells and mouse models where the regulatory region next to SOX9 is duplicated. They generated mice with a duplicated region associated with Cooks syndrome as reported by Kurth et al 2009 (which they call Dup-C). cHi-C of E12.5 Dup-C limb buds showed a new chromatin domain corresponding to the duplicated region.
RNA sequencing expression analysis of Dup-C limb buds at E12.5 and E17.5 confirmed the upregulation of Kcnj2, whereas other genes around the locus stayed unchanged, in particular Sox9, but also Kcnj16. Thus, the inclusion of Kcnj2 in the neo-TAD resulted in its activation by regulatory elements that originally belonged to the Sox9 TAD.

Other publications report SNVs and deletions of SOX9 in association with Campomelic dysplasia

Evidence that duplication of a region upstream of SOX9 can result in a brachydactyly phenotype. This appears to be as a result of increased expression of KCNJ2. It maybe most appropriate to add this upstream region as a CNV.
Created: 8 Aug 2019, 4:17 p.m. | Last Modified: 26 Nov 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Panel Version: 1.127
Genomics England clinical team notes - Agree with red rating. Some patients with milder phenotypes resulting from SOX9 mutations.
Created: 9 Sep 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Rachel Jones (GSTT)

Red List (low evidence)

SOX9 mutations usually cause campomelic dysplasia, or acampomelic dysplasia, with short ribs and bowed long bones. SOX 9 is already on skeletal dysplasia and clefting panels in green.

However there are some papers that have identified patients with milder phenotypes

PMID: 24704791 - patient with Pierre-Robin and talipes, some facial dysmorphic features, severe deafness, compatible with a Collagen disorder plus a degree of intellectual disability

PMID: 21373255 - patient with features of a skeletal dysplasia (including short stature), intellectual disability, mild hearing loss, micrognathia and a high palate. Same paper gives clinical summary of other surviving patients with mild campomelic dysplasia/SOX9 mutations. 90% have a skeletal dysplasia (short stature/short limbs, 50% with bowing of the long bones) and 84% intellectual disability, 50% with hearing impairment.

Should remain red on limb panel for now as not primarily a limb-only phenotype. I will review other panels gene is red/amber in on this basis though.
Created: 24 Apr 2018, 2:58 p.m.

Mode of inheritance
MONOALLELIC, autosomal or pseudoautosomal, NOT imprinted



Mode of Inheritance
MONOALLELIC, autosomal or pseudoautosomal, imprinted status unknown
  • Expert Review Red
  • Literature
  • Brachydactyly-anonychia
  • brachydactyly-anonychia
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History Filter Activity

24 Jun 2019, Gel status: 1

Removed Tag, Added Tag

Louise Daugherty (Genomics England Curator)

Tag duplication was removed from gene: SOX9. Tag gene-duplication tag was added to gene: SOX9.

11 Dec 2018, Gel status: 1

Panel promoted to version 1.0

Eleanor Williams (Genomics England Curator)

Rachel Jones: SOX9 mutations usually cause c

7 Nov 2018, Gel status: 1

Entity classified by Genomics England curator

Eleanor Williams (Genomics England Curator)

Gene: sox9 has been classified as Red List (Low Evidence).

7 Nov 2018, Gel status: 1

Added New Source, Set mode of inheritance, Set Phenotypes, Set publications

Eleanor Williams (Genomics England Curator)

Source Expert Review Red was added to SOX9. Mode of inheritance for gene SOX9 was changed from Unknown to MONOALLELIC, autosomal or pseudoautosomal, imprinted status unknown Added phenotypes Brachydactyly-anonychia for gene: SOX9 Publications for gene SOX9 were changed from 19639023 to 24704791; 19639023

10 Apr 2018, Gel status: 1

Added New Source

Ellen McDonagh (Genomics England Curator)

SOX9 was added to Limb disorders panel. Sources: Literature

10 Apr 2018, Gel status: 1


Ellen McDonagh (Genomics England Curator)

SOX9 was created by Ellen McDonagh