Asma Ben Ammar

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We report the case of a congenital myasthenic syndrome due to a mutation in AGRN, the gene encoding agrin, an extracellular matrix molecule released by the nerve and critical for formation of the neuromuscular junction. Gene analysis identified a homozygous missense mutation, c.5125G>C, leading to the p.Gly1709Arg variant. The muscle-biopsy specimen showed(More)
Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMSs) are a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders affecting neuromuscular transmission. The agrin/muscle-specific kinase (MuSK) pathway is critical for proper development and maintenance of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). We report here an Iranian patient in whom CMS was diagnosed since he presented with congenital and(More)
Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMSs) are a heterogeneous group of diseases caused by genetic defects affecting neuromuscular transmission. Mutations of DOK7 have recently been described in recessive forms of CMS. Dok-7 is a cytoplasmic post-synaptic protein co-activator of the muscle-specific receptor-tyrosine kinase (MuSK) involved in neuromuscular(More)
OBJECTIVE Mutations in various genes of the neuromuscular junction cause congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS). A single truncating mutation (epsilon1293insG) in the acetylcholine receptor epsilon subunit gene (CHRNE) was most often identified in CMS families originating from North Africa and was possibly a founder mutation. METHODS Twenty-three families(More)
Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS) are a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders that give rise to a defect in neuromuscular transmission. We described here three patients with a characteristic phenotype of recessive CMS and presenting mutation in the gene encoding rapsyn (RAPSN). Familial analysis showed that one allelic mutation failed to be detected(More)
The objective of our study was to investigate the cellular communication between the axon and its postsynaptic targets in the synapse. We used the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) model, which is a highly specialized structure between the nerve, the muscle, and the Schwann cell terminal where the motor neuron orders the muscle to contract. We used experimental(More)
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