Steunfonds Marguerite-Marie Delacroix: Regulatory landscaping: towards improved genetic diagnosis and therapy for SATB2-associated syndrome (Lisa Hamerlinck)

01 January 2022 → 31 December 2023
Funding by bilateral agreement (private and foundations)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Analysis of next-generation sequence data
    • Epigenetics
    • Genetics
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Clinical genetics and molecular diagnostics
noncoding genome regulation iPSCs SATB2 neurodevelopmental disorders enhancers cis-regulation therapy
Project description

The SATB2-associated syndrome (SAS) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by loss-of-function alterations of SATB2 and characterized by developmental delay/intellectual disability with absent or limited speech development, palatal and dental abnormalities, feeding difficulties, behavioral problems, and discernable facial features. Recently several cases with a balanced chromosomal aberration (BCA) 3’ to SATB2 have been reported. All these individuals present with clinical characteristics of SAS. We therefore hypothesize that these BCAs affect SATB2 regulatory elements and might lead to SATB2 haploinsufficiency. In order to fully understand the functional impact of noncoding structural in this locus, a detailed mechanistic dissection of this locus and its constituent functional elements is required. Therefore, we will perform an in-depth functional characterization and validation of the regulatory landscape of SATB2. Furthermore, we will assess the effect of these BCAs on 3D chromatin structure and SATB2 expression. Using this newly gained knowledge, we will subsequently assess the potential of cis-regulation therapy targeting the validated enhancer elements in iPSC lines of patients with a pathogenic SATB2 coding variant. Overall, in this project we will determine the regulatory landscape of SATB2 and assess the potential of CRT in this locus for SATB2-associated syndrome.