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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 348--351

Deletion analysis of spinal muscular atrophy in southern Indian population

1 Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India
2 Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

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A Nalini
Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Neuroscience Faculty Block, Hosur Road, Bangalore 560 029
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.43454

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Background: Proximal spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetically heterogeneous disease with paresis and muscle atrophy due to loss of anterior horn cell function. The survival of motor neuron gene (SMN) and neuronal apoptosis inhibitory protein (NAIP) play a primary role. Both the gene homologues exist as inverted duplications on Chromosome 5q. The telomeric/functional (SMN1) and the centromeric (SMN2) copies differ from each other in eight nucleotides. The C→T transition (at Codon 280) within Exon 7 of SMN2 causes disruption of an exonic splicing enhancer (ESE) and/or creates an exonic splicing silencer (ESS) leading to abnormal splicing and a truncated protein. Objective: To determine the molecular genetics of SMN1 and NAIP genes in SMA from southern India. Materials and Methods: In the present study, 37 patients from the neuromuscular disorders clinic of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences were assayed for the deletions in the SMN1 and NAIP genes using PCR-RFLP methods. Results: Among the SMA Type I patients, 43% showed deletions of SMN1 and NAIP. In patients Type II SMA, 57% showed deletions of the SMN1 exons. Conclusion: Thus, deletions were found to occur in 47.8% of the Type I and II patients. Lower sensitivity of gene deletion study in clinically suspected SMA needs further study as clinical diagnosis of SMA is not gold standard. However, the results do correlate with other studies conducted in India.


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