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Nat Genet. 2009 Nov;41(11):1179-81. doi: 10.1038/ng.464. Epub 2009 Oct 18.

Mutations in FAM134B, encoding a newly identified Golgi protein, cause severe sensory and autonomic neuropathy.

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  • 1Department of Human Genetics, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.


Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type II (HSAN II) leads to severe mutilations because of impaired nociception and autonomic dysfunction. Here we show that loss-of-function mutations in FAM134B, encoding a newly identified cis-Golgi protein, cause HSAN II. Fam134b knockdown results in structural alterations of the cis-Golgi compartment and induces apoptosis in some primary dorsal root ganglion neurons. This implicates FAM134B as critical in long-term survival of nociceptive and autonomic ganglion neurons.

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