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J Neurol Sci. 2008 Jul 15;270(1-2):197-200. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2008.02.012. Epub 2008 Apr 18.

Identification of a new homozygous frameshift insertion mutation in the SIL1 gene in 3 Japanese patients with Marinesco-Sjögren syndrome.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Saga University, Saga, Japan.


Marinesco-Sjögren syndrome (MSS) is an autosomal recessive multisystem disorder characterized by cerebellar ataxia, cataracts, progressive muscular weakness, and developmental and mental retardation. Recently, mutations in the SIL1 gene on chromosome 5q31 have been shown to be a cause of MSS. We sequenced the entire SIL1-coding region in 3 unrelated Japanese patients with classical MSS and identified a novel homozygous frameshift insertion mutation, 936_937insG, in exon 9 in all 3 patients.

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