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Emerita Professor Katherine Bushby
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Background: Mutations of the LMNA gene, encoding the nuclear envelope proteins lamins A and C, have been associated with 7 distinct pathologic conditions. Objective: To report 5 cases with the same missense mutation in exon 6 of the LMNA gene, resulting in an E358K substitution in the central rod domain. Design: Case report. Setting: Three muscle centers in England. Patients: Five patients with missense mutations of the LMNA gene. Results: All 5 individuals had muscle involvement, but the onset, severity, distribution of muscle weakness, and presence of associated features were highly variable. Three patients had humeroperoneal distribution of weakness and typical features of Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. Two other patients showed additional novel features. One had congenital onset and predominant axial weakness, with poor neck control and inability to sit independently at the age of 21 months. Another patient presented in childhood with an unusual pattern of muscle weakness, short stature, and midface hypoplasia with striking fat accumulation around the face and neck, in contrast to wasting of adipose tissue and muscle in the limbs. She developed both respiratory failure and cardiac arrhythmias in her late 20s. Conclusion: Our cases expand the clinical spectrum associated with mutations in the LMNA gene and further illustrate the overlapping phenotypes of the laminopathies.
Author(s): Mercuri E, Poppe M, Quinlivan R, Messina S, Kinali M, Demay L, Bourke J, Richard P, Sewry C, Pike M, Bonne G, Muntoni F, Bushby K
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Archives of Neurology
ISSN (print): 0003-9942
ISSN (electronic): 1538-3687
Publisher: American Medical Association
PubMed id: 15148145
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