Distal hereditary motor neuronopathies (dHMNs) form a heterogeneous group of rare disorders characterized by distal weakness and wasting in the limbs with no significant sensory involvement. Harding has classified dHMNs into seven categories based on clinical and genetic criteria. We report a novel form of autosomal recessive dHMN in 7 consanguineous families located in the Jerash region of Jordan. Onset of the disease is between 6 and 10 years of age and is characterized by weakness and atrophy of the lower limbs associated with pyramidal features. Within 2 years, symptoms progress to the upper limbs. Neurophysiological studies typically show normal conduction velocities, reduced compound motor action potential amplitudes, normal sensory nerve action potentials, and chronic neurogenic changes on needle electromyography. No significant abnormalities are seen on sural nerve biopsy. We call this novel form of dHMN Jerash hereditary motor neuronopathy. We studied the families at the molecular genetic level and mapped the Jerash hereditary motor neuronopathy gene to an approximately 0.54-cM region on chromosome 9p21.1-p12, flanked by microsatellite polymorphic marker loci D9S1845 and D9S1791. A maximum LOD score of 19.80 at θ = 0.001 was obtained between the disease and locus D9S1878.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Annals of Neurology|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|