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Mild recurrent neuropathy in CMT1B with a novel nonsense mutation in the extracellular domain of the MPZ gene


Clinical, electrophysiological, and neuropathological features are reported associated with a novel heterozygote point mutation in the extracellular domain of the MPZ gene, where a transversion at codon 71 in exon 3 leads to a codon stop: Glu71stop (ie GAA→TAA). A 36 year old woman developed a mild recurrent neuropathy after intensive manual work. The motor nerve conduction velocities were slow without conduction blocks and the nerve biopsy showed signs of demyelination-remyelination, axonal loss, and regular uncompacted myelin lamellae. She inherited the mutation from her father who displayed the same mutation with a normal phenotype. This nonsense mutation may cause a dosage difference of normal P0, and is probably underrepresented in the current mutation data bases. This report further extends the phenotype of MPZ mutations and also emphasises that mild phenotype of CMT1B may be more frequent than has been appreciated.

  • MPZ gene
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth type1B
  • nonsense mutation
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