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Juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS4) is a rare autosomal dominant form of juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) characterized by distal muscle weakness and atrophy, normal sensation, and pyramidal signs. Individuals affected with ALS4 usually have an onset of symptoms at age <25 years, a slow rate of progression, and a normal life span. The(More)
Hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies (HNPP) has been a associated with a deletion of 1.5 megabases of chromosome 17p. One of four biopsy proven HNPP families that we have studied did not possess this deletion. As the deleted DNA region includes the coding region for a peripheral myelin gene (PMP22), we used single strand conformation(More)
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of peripheral neuropathies. Different chromosomal loci have been linked with three autosomal dominant, 'intermediate' types of CMT: DI-CMTA, DI-CMTB and DI-CMTC. We refined the locus associated with DI-CMTB on chromosome 19p12-13.2 to 4.2 Mb in three unrelated families(More)
Hereditary sensory neuropathy type I (HSN-I, also known as hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type I (HSAN-I), or hereditary sensory radicular neuropathy) is an autosomal dominant disorder that is the most common of a group of degenerative disorders of sensory neurons. HSN-I was initially recognized as a disease that produced mutilating ulceration(More)
A kindred is described with a dominantly inherited "pure" cerebellar ataxia in which the currently known spinocerebellar ataxias have been excluded. In the eight subjects studied, a notable clinical feature is slow progression, with the three least affected having only a mild degree of gait ataxia after three or more decades of disease duration. Pending an(More)
The hereditary disorders of peripheral nerve form one of the most common groups of human genetic diseases, collectively called Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) neuropathy. Using linkage analysis we have identified a new locus for a form of CMT that we have called "dominant intermediate CMT" (DI-CMT). A genomewide screen using 383 microsatellite markers showed(More)
Hereditary sensory neuropathy type I (HSN I) is a group of dominantly inherited degenerative disorders of peripheral nerve in which sensory features are more prominent than motor involvement. We have described a new form of HSN I that is associated with cough and gastroesophageal reflux. To map the chromosomal location of the gene causing the disorder, a(More)
Mutations in dynamin-2 (DNM2) cause autosomal dominant centronuclear myopathy (CNM). We report a series of 12 patients from eight families with CNM in whom we have identified a number of novel features that expand the reported clinicopathological phenotype. We identified two novel and five recurrent missense mutations in DNM2. Early clues to the diagnosis(More)
Distal hereditary motor neuropathies comprise a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders. We recently mapped an X-linked form of this condition to chromosome Xq13.1-q21 in two large unrelated families. The region of genetic linkage included ATP7A, which encodes a copper-transporting P-type ATPase mutated in patients with Menkes disease, a(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize a large family with X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) neuropathy without mutations in the gap junction protein B1 (GJB1) gene, which has an unusual phenotype that is different in some aspects from classic CMTX1. METHODS We tested CMT families consistent with X-linked inheritance for GJB1 mutations. We compared the largest family(More)