Detection of common and private mutations in the COL6A1 gene of patients with Bethlem myopathy

S. Lucioli, B. Giusti, E. Mercuri, O. Camacho Vanegas, L. Lucarini, V. Pietroni, A. Urtizberea, R. Ben Yaou, M. De Visser, A. J. Van Der Kooi, C. Bönnemann, S. T. Iannaccone, L. Merlini, K. Bushby, F. Muntoni, E. Bertini, M. L. Chu, Guglielmina Pepe

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Background: Dominant mutations in COL6A1, COL6A2, and COL6A3, the three genes encoding collagen type VI, a ubiquitous extracellular matrix protein, are associated with Bethlem myopathy (BM) and Ullrich scleroatonic muscular dystrophy. Methods: The authors devised a method to screen the entire coding sequence of the three genes by reverse transcriptase-PCR amplification of total RNA from skin fibroblasts and direct sequencing of the resulting 25 overlapping cDNA fragments covering 107 exons. Results: Four splicing and four missense mutations were identified in 16 patients with BM, six of which are novel mutations in COL6A1. Both common and private mutations are localized in the α1 (VI) chain between the regions corresponding to the 3′ end of the NH2-globular domain and the 5′ end of the triple helix, encoded by exons 3 through 14. Conclusions: The clustering of the mutations in a relatively narrow area of the three collagen type VI chains in patients with Bethlem myopathy (BM) suggests that mutations in different regions could result in different phenotypes or in no phenotype at all. Moreover, the detection of mutations in only 60% of the patients suggests the existence of at least another gene associated with BM. The authors propose the direct sequencing of COL6 cDNAs as the first mutation screening analysis in BM, given the high number of exon-skipping events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1931-1937
Number of pages7
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 14 2005

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  • Clinical Neurology


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