Possible genetic heterogeneity of spinocerebellar ataxia linked to chromosome 15

Anne Weissbach, Ana Djarmati, Christine Klein*, Nataša Dragašević, Christine Zühlke, Aleksandar Raković, Miodrag Gužvić, Elisabeth Butz, Holger Tönnies, Reiner Siebert, Igor Petrović, Marina Svetel, Vladimir S. Kostić, Katja Lohmann

*Corresponding author for this work


Autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of neurodegenerative disorders. We investigated an SCA family from Serbia of Roma ethnic origin; four affected and nine unaffected family members underwent a detailed neurological examination. The presenting symptom in all patients was gait unsteadiness in early adulthood. Additional features included pyramidal signs, depression, and cognitive impairment. The condition follows an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. After excluding repeat expansions in nine known SCA genes, a genome-wide linkage analysis with 412 microsatellite markers localized the putative disease gene to a 40.7 cM (42.5 Mb) region on chromosome 15q between markers D15S1006 and D15S116. The maximum model-based multipoint LOD score was 1.75. This region is only 4.3 Mb away from the SCA11 (TTBK2) gene. Accordingly, mutations in TTBK2 were not found, suggesting a second SCA gene on chromosome 15q as cause of this novel form of SCA. In addition, we excluded alterations in two candidate genes in the linked region, namely expansion of a polyglutamine-coding CAG repeat in ARID3B and mutations in SEMA6D.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1577-1582
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 15.08.2010


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