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Neuromuscul Disord. 1999 Jan;9(1):3-10.

Exclusion of muscle specific actinin-associated LIM protein (ALP) gene from 4q35 facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) candidate genes.

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Laboratoire de Physiopathologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire, INSERM Unité 300, Faculté de Pharmacie, Montpellier, France.


Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is an autosomal dominant disorder for which no candidate gene has yet been identified. The gene corresponding to one of the novel human cDNAs that we cloned on the basis of a muscle restricted expression pattern [Piétu G, Alibert O, Guichard B, et al. Genome Res 1996;6:492-503] was mapped in the region of the FSHD1A genetic locus, i.e. one of the loci involved in this muscular dystrophy. The corresponding encoded protein contains a PDZ and a LIM domain, two protein-protein interaction domains, and was very recently shown to bind alpha-actinin-2 and was named ALP (actinin-associated LIM protein) [Xia H, Winokur S, Kuo W, Altherr M, Bredt D. J Cell Biol 1997;139:507-515]. We raised a specific polyclonal anti-ALP serum against an ALP recombinant polypeptide to evaluate the size, level of expression and subcellular localization of ALP in three patients, clearly diagnosed with FSHD disease. Quantitative or qualitative alterations of ALP expression have not been detected in any of them, thus prompting us to exclude ALP as a FSHD gene candidate.

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