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Ann Neurol. 2004 Oct;56(4):586-90.

A novel RAB7 mutation associated with ulcero-mutilating neuropathy.

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University Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Royal Free Campus, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London, United Kingdom.


There are two known autosomal dominant genes for the hereditary ulcero-mutilating neuropathies: SPTLC1 (hereditary sensory neuropathy type 1) and RAB7 (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2B). We report a family with autosomal dominant ulcero-mutilating neuropathy, developing in the teens and characterized by ulcers, amputations, sensory involvement in the feet but no motor features. Sequencing the RAB7 gene showed a novel heterozygous A to C mutation, changing asparagine to threonine at codon 161. The mutation is situated adjacent to a previously identified valine to methionine mutation at codon 162, implying a hotspot for mutations in the highly conserved C terminus of RAB7.

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