Nemaline Myopathy in Brazilian Patients: Molecular and Clinical Characterization

Juliana Gurgel-Giannetti, Lucas Santos Souza, Guilherme L. Yamamoto, Marina Belisario, Monize Lazar, Wilson Campos, Rita de Cassia M. Pavanello, Mayana Zatz, Umbertina Reed, Edmar Zanoteli, Acary Bulle Oliveira, Vilma Lotta Lehtokari, Erasmo B. Casella, Marcela C. Machado-Costa, Carina Wallgren-Pettersson, Nigel G. Laing, Vincenzo Nigro, Mariz Vainzof

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Nemaline myopathy (NM), a structural congenital myopathy, presents a significant clinical and genetic heterogeneity. Here, we compiled molecular and clinical data of 30 Brazilian patients from 25 unrelated families. Next-generation sequencing was able to genetically classify all patients: sixteen families (64%) with mutation in NEB, five (20%) in ACTA1, two (8%) in KLHL40, and one in TPM2 (4%) and TPM3 (4%). In the NEB-related families, 25 different variants, 11 of them novel, were identified; splice site (10/25) and frame shift (9/25) mutations were the most common. Mutation c.24579 G>C was recurrent in three unrelated patients from the same region, suggesting a common ancestor. Clinically, the “typical” form was the more frequent and caused by mutations in the different NM genes. Phenotypic heterogeneity was observed among patients with mutations in the same gene. Respiratory involvement was very common and often out of proportion with limb weakness. Muscle MRI patterns showed variability within the forms and genes, which was related to the severity of the weakness. Considering the high frequency of NEB mutations and the complexity of this gene, NGS tools should be combined with CNV identification, especially in patients with a likely non-identified second mutation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11995
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


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