A new restless legs syndrome locus on chromosome 14 recently has been reported in one family of Italian origin. Our study aimed to replicate this finding and determine the importance of this locus in the French Canadian population. Markers spanning the region were genotyped in 14 large families and linkage assessed using two-point and multipoint logarithm of odds scores. Possible linkage to this locus was found in one of our kindreds providing support for the existence of this locus and indicating that this locus may be responsible for a small fraction of French Canadian restless legs syndrome.
The objective was to test the hypothesis that a described association between homozygosity for a 50bp deletion in the SOD1 promoter 1684bp upstream of the SOD1 ATG and an increased age of onset in SALS can be replicated in additional SALS and control sample sets from other populations. Our second objective was to examine whether this deletion attenuates expression of the SOD1 gene. Genomic DNA from more than 1200 SALS cases from Ireland, Scotland, Quebec and the USA was genotyped for the 50bp SOD1 promoter deletion. Reporter gene expression analysis, electrophoretic mobility shift assays and chromatin immunoprecipitation studies were utilized to examine the functional effects of the deletion. The genetic association for homozygosity for the promoter deletion with an increased age of symptom onset was confirmed overall in this further study (p=0.032), although it was only statistically significant in the Irish subset, and remained highly significant in the combined set of all cohorts (p=0.001). Functional studies demonstrated that this polymorphism reduces the activity of the SOD1 promoter by approximately 50%. In addition we revealed that the transcription factor SP1 binds within the 50bp deletion region in vitro and in vivo. Our findings suggest the hypothesis that this deletion reduces expression of the SOD1 gene and that levels of the SOD1 protein may modify the phenotype of SALS within selected populations.
DPP6 and FGGY genes have been recently associated with an increased susceptibility for sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Here, we evaluated the role of these genes in ALS pathogenesis by undertaking a sequence analysis of a cohort of 190 ALS patients from France and Quebec. We did not observe any evidence that mutations in DPP6 and FGGY genes are involved in ALS. Our data indicate that mutations in these genes are unlikely to be a common cause of ALS in the French and French Canadian populations.
Substantial efforts have been deployed in the past decade to identify the genetic causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and we hypothesized here that mutations in SORT1 or aberrant SORT1 splicing reduce progranulin level and promote neurodegeneration.
We sequenced the coding exons of SORT1 in a cohort of 112 unrelated individuals with familial ALS. We also tested for aberrant SORT1 splicing by RT-PCR using RNA samples from cell lines expressing six different ALS-associated TARDBP mutations.
We identified one unique missense and two unique silent mutations in our cohort. None are predicted to have functional effects. No aberrant SORT1 splicing event was observed.
SORT1 mutations are not a common cause of familial ALS, and the influence of TARDBP mutations on SORT1 splicing still needs to be clarified.
To test the association between Tourette syndrome (TS) and genetic variants in genomic loci MEIS1, MAP2K5/LBXCOR1, and BTBD9, for which genome-wide association studies in restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movements during sleep revealed common risk variants.
Case-control association study.
Movement disorder clinic in Montreal. Subjects We typed 14 single-nucleotide polymorphisms spanning the 3 genomic loci in 298 TS trios, 322 TS cases (including 298 probands from the cohort of TS trios), and 290 control subjects.
Clinical diagnosis of TS, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and attention-deficit disorder.
The study provided 3 single-nucleotide polymorphisms within BTBD9 associated with TS (chi(2) = 8.02 [P = .005] for rs9357271), with the risk alleles for restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movements during sleep overrepresented in the TS cohort. We stratified our group of patients with TS according to presence or absence of obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or attention-deficit disorder and found that variants in BTBD9 were strongly associated with TS without obsessive-compulsive disorder (chi(2) = 12.95 [P
We describe an autosomal-dominant locus for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) in a French-Canadian (FC) pedigree. Genome-wide microsatellite scan and linkage analysis were used in this study. The locus maps to chromosome 16p12.1 and spans 1.18 Mega bases. The maximum multipoint LOD scores are of 3.5 over the total of 10 markers. Evidence for the same locus was also found in a smaller FC pedigree sime095. The analysis of the sequence of 8 annotated genes within the region did not reveal any pathogenic mutations. Copy number variation and karyotype analyses did not reveal any chromosomal abnormality in the region. Further analyses of the region are necessary to find the genetic cause of RLS in this family.
Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs) are characterized by progressive lower limb spasticity and weakness. Mutations in the SPG3A gene, which encodes the large guanosine triphosphatase atlastin, are the second most common cause of autosomal dominant hereditary spastic paraplegia. In a large SPG3A screen of 70 hereditary spastic paraplegia subjects, a novel in-frame deletion, p.del436N, was identified. Characterization of this deletion showed that it affects neither the guanosine triphosphatase activity of atlastin nor interactions between atlastin and spastin. Interestingly, immunoblot analysis of lymphoblasts from affected patients demonstrated a significant reduction in atlastin protein levels, supporting a loss-of-function disease mechanism.
Recently, chromogranins were reported to interact specifically with mutant forms of superoxide dismutase that are linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This interaction led us to analyze the frequencies of sequence variants of the CHGB gene in ALS patients and matched controls from three different countries. Of particular interest was the finding of the P413L CHGB variant present in 10% of ALS patients (n = 705) as compared to 4.5% in controls (n = 751), conferring a 2.2-fold greater relative risk to develop the disease (P
Cites: Regul Pept. 2009 Jan 8;152(1-3):13-2118721831