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Neurobiol Aging. 2013 Sep;34(9):2235.e7-10. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2013.04.003. Epub 2013 Apr 28.

Mutation analysis and immunopathological studies of PFN1 in familial and sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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Northcott Neuroscience Laboratory, ANZAC Research Institute, Sydney, NSW, Australia.


Mutations in PFN1, a gene encoding the actin monomer-binding protein profilin 1, were recently reported in 1% to 2% of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. In vitro functional studies suggested that PFN1 mutations lead to ubiquitin-positive inclusions and impairment of cytoskeletal pathways. In the present study, mutation analysis of PFN1 was performed in an Australian cohort of 110 ALS families and 715 sporadic ALS patients. No PFN1 mutations were identified in familial ALS patients. Two rare non-synonymous variants (E117D and E117G) were found in sporadic ALS patients at similar incidences to that reported in public SNP databases. Immunostaining of PFN1 in sporadic ALS and familial ALS patients, including those with mutations in SOD1, FUS, UBQLN2 and C9ORF72, found no PFN1-positive inclusions in spinal motor neurons. Our data suggest that PFN1 mutations and pathology are not common in an Australian ALS cohort of predominantly European ancestry.

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