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Mov Disord. 2007 Jun 15;22(8):1173-5.

Myoclonus-dystonia syndrome with severe depression is caused by an exon-skipping mutation in the epsilon-sarcoglycan gene.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK.


We describe two affected individuals in a family with myoclonus-dystonia syndrome complicated with severe depression. One individual committed suicide. Molecular genetic analysis revealed a heterozygous point mutation in the epsilon-sarcoglycan gene, which we show leads to skipping of exon 5. This report suggests that the psychiatric spectrum of MDS includes more severe depression.

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