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Novel GNE compound heterozygous mutations in a GNE myopathy patient


  • This work was supported in part by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture, Japan.


Introduction: Molecular studies have revealed that some patients with myopathies with rimmed vacuoles have pathogenic mutations in the UDP-N-acetylglucosamine-2-epimerase/N-acetylmannosamine kinase (GNE) and Z-band alternatively spliced PDZ motif-containing protein (ZASP) genes. Methods: We investigated a patient with distal myopathy with rimmed vacuoles by muscle biopsy and sequenced 6 candidate genes. Results: The patient carried GNE compound heterozygous missense mutations (p.V421A and p.N635K) and a ZASP variant (p.D673N). This patient also presented with distal weakness sparing the quadriceps muscles and had atypical results for Z-band-associated protein immunostaining. This finding indicates that the GNE mutations are pathogenic, and the diagnosis is compatible with GNE myopathy. Conclusions: By combining pathological studies and candidate gene screening, we identified a patient with GNE myopathy due to novel GNE compound heterozygous mutations. Muscle Nerve 48: 594–598, 2013