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Ann Neurol. 2005 Mar;57(3):408-14.

Mutations in senataxin responsible for Quebec cluster of ataxia with neuropathy.

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Laboratoire de Neurogénétique, M4211-L3, Centre de Recherche du CHUM, 1560 Sherbrooke est, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2L 4M1.


Senataxin recently was identified as the mutated gene in ataxia-oculomotor apraxia 2, which is characterized by ataxia, oculomotor apraxia, and increased alpha-fetoprotein levels. In this study, we evaluated 24 ataxic patients from 10 French-Canadian families. All cases have a homogeneous phenotype consisting of a progressive ataxia appearing between 2 and 20 (mean age, 14.8) years of age with associated dysarthria, saccadic ocular pursuit, distal amyotrophy, sensory and motor neuropathy, and increased alpha-fetoprotein levels but absence of oculomotor apraxia. Linkage disequilibrium was observed with markers in the ataxia-oculomotor apraxia 2 locus on chromosome 9q34. We have identified four mutations in senataxin in the French-Canadian population including two novel missense mutations: the 5927T-->G mutation changes the leucine encoded by codon 1976 to an arginine in the helicase domain (L1976R), and the 193G-->A mutation changes a glutamic acid encoded by codon 65 into a lysine in the N-terminal domain of the protein (E65K). The common L1976R mutation is shared by 17 of 20 (85%) carrier chromosomes. The study of this large French-Canadian cohort better defines the phenotype of this ataxia and presents two novel mutations in senataxin including the more common founder mutation in the French-Canadian population.

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