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BMC Med Genet. 2013 Jun 5;14:59. doi: 10.1186/1471-2350-14-59.

Characterization of a rare case of Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy due to truncating mutations within the COL6A1 gene C-terminal domain: a case report.

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  • 1Department of Medical Science, Section of Medical Genetics, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy. mrtlne@unife.it

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Mutations within the C-terminal region of the COL6A1 gene are only detected in Ullrich/Bethlem patients on extremely rare occasions.

CASE PRESENTATION:

Herein we report two Brazilian brothers with a classic Ullrich phenotype and compound heterozygous for two truncating mutations in COL6A1 gene, expected to result in the loss of the α1(VI) chain C2 subdomain. Despite the reduction in COL6A1 RNA level due to nonsense RNA decay, three truncated alpha1 (VI) chains were produced as protein variants encoded by different out-of-frame transcripts. Collagen VI matrix was severely decreased and intracellular protein retention evident.

CONCLUSION:

The altered deposition of the fibronectin network highlighted abnormal interactions of the mutated collagen VI, lacking the α1(VI) C2 domain, within the extracellular matrix, focusing further studies on the possible role played by collagen VI in fibronectin deposition and organization.

PMID:
23738969
PMCID:
PMC3681647
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2350-14-59
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