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Title: A mutation in the vesicle-trafficking protein VAPB causes late-onset spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Authors: Nishimura, A. L.
Mitne-Neto, Miguel
Silva, Helga Cristina Almeida da [UNIFESP]
Richieri-Costa, Antonio
Middleton, S.
Cascio, D.
Kok, F.
Oliveira, Joao Ricardo Mendes de
Gillingwater, T.
Webb, J.
Skehel, P.
Zatz, Mayana
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Edinburgh
Univ Calif Los Angeles
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2004
Publisher: Univ Chicago Press
Citation: American Journal of Human Genetics. Chicago: Univ Chicago Press, v. 75, n. 5, p. 822-831, 2004.
Abstract: Motor neuron diseases (MNDs) are a group of neurodegenerative disorders with involvement of upper and/or lower motor neurons, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), progressive bulbar palsy, and primary lateral sclerosis. Recently, we have mapped a new locus for an atypical form of ALS/MND ( atypical amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS8]) at 20q13.3 in a large white Brazilian family. Here, we report the finding of a novel missense mutation in the vesicle-associated membrane protein/synaptobrevin-associated membrane protein B (VAPB) gene in patients from this family. Subsequently, the same mutation was identified in patients from six additional kindreds but with different clinical courses, such as ALS8, late-onset SMA, and typical severe ALS with rapid progression. Although it was not possible to link all these families, haplotype analysis suggests a founder effect. Members of the vesicle-associated proteins are intracellular membrane proteins that can associate with microtubules and that have been shown to have a function in membrane transport. These data suggest that clinically variable MNDs may be caused by a dysfunction in intracellular membrane trafficking.
ISSN: 0002-9297
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