• Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome;
  • ICR1 methylation defect;
  • IGF2/H19;
  • OCT-binding site;
  • Silver–Russell syndrome

The IGF2/H19-imprinting control region (ICR1) functions as an insulator to methylation-sensitive binding of CTCF protein, and regulates imprinted expression of IGF2 and H19 in a parental origin-specific manner. ICR1 methylation defects cause abnormal expression of imprinted genes, leading to Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) or Silver–Russell syndrome (SRS). Not only ICR1 microdeletions involving the CTCF-binding site, but also point mutations and a small deletion of the OCT-binding site have been shown to trigger methylation defects in BWS. Here, mutational analysis of ICR1 in 11 BWS and 12 SRS patients with ICR1 methylation defects revealed a novel de novo point mutation of the OCT-binding site on the maternal allele in one BWS patient. In BWS, all reported mutations and the small deletion of the OCT-binding site, including our case, have occurred within repeat A2. These findings indicate that the OCT-binding site is important for maintaining an unmethylated status of maternal ICR1 in early embryogenesis.