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We present a 32-year-old Turkish male with juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 and a previously unrecognized homozygous deletion in exon 4 of the ALS2 gene (553delA). Disease progression is more rapid than in the ALS2 phenotype cases described to date. The patient's consanguineous parents carry the mutation in the heterozygous state as do his two(More)
Infantile-onset ascending spastic paralysis (OMIM #607225) is a rare autosomal recessive early onset motor neuron disease caused by mutations in the gene ALS2. We report on a splice acceptor site mutation in intron 9 of ALS2 (IVS9-2A>T) in a German patient from nonconsanguineous parents. The mutation results in skipping of exon 10. This causes a frame-shift(More)
Recently, we presented evidence that sulfite protects transthyretin (TTR) from normal human individuals and heterozygotes with amyloidogenic TTR mutations against the decay of tetramers into monomers. In this paper we demonstrate a stabilizing effect of sulfite on TTR tetramers from a familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) patient homozygous for the(More)
We screened 217 patients from Germany (n = 213), Austria (n = 2) and Switzerland (n = 2) with a positive family history for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for mutations in the copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) gene. We found that 13% of the families tested carried mutations. By analyzing inheritance, we detected a clear-cut co-segregation in 5 of(More)
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