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Polyglucosan myopathy and functional characterization of a novel GYG1 mutation

Journal article
Authors Carola Oldfors Hedberg
A. Mensch
Kittichate Visuttijai
G. Stoltenburg
D. Stoevesandt
T. Kraya
Anders Oldfors
S. Zierz
Published in Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Volume 137
Issue 3
Pages 308-315
ISSN 0001-6314
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Medical and Clinical Genetics
Pages 308-315
Language en
Keywords glycogen storage disease, glycogenin, GYG1, myopathy, polyglucosan storage, glycogenin-1 deficiency, body myopathy, Neurosciences & Neurology
Subject categories Medical Genetics, Neurosciences, Neurology


Objectives: Disorders of glycogen metabolism include rare hereditary muscle glycogen storage diseases with polyglucosan, which are characterized by storage of abnormally structured glycogen in muscle in addition to exercise intolerance or muscle weakness. In this study, we investigated the etiology and pathogenesis of a late-onset myopathy associated with glycogenin-1 deficiency. Materials and methods: A family with two affected siblings, 64- and 66-year-olds, was studied. Clinical examination and whole-body MRI revealed weakness and wasting in the hip girdle and proximal leg muscles affecting ambulation in the brother. The sister had weakness and atrophy of hands and slight foot dorsiflexion difficulties. Muscle biopsy and whole-exome sequencing were performed in both cases to identify and characterize the pathogenesis including the functional effects of identified mutations. Results: Both siblings demonstrated storage of glycogen that was partly resistant to alpha-amylase digestion. Both were heterozygous for two mutations in GYG1, one truncating 1-base deletion (c.484delG; p.Asp163Thrfs*5) and one novel missense mutation (c.403G>A; p.Gly135Arg). The mutations caused reduced expression of glycogenin-1 protein, and the missense mutation abolished the enzymatic function as analyzed by an in vitro autoglucosylation assay. Conclusion: We present functional evidence for the pathogenicity of a novel GYG1 missense mutation located in the substrate binding domain. Our results also demonstrate that glycogenin-1 deficiency may present with highly variable distribution of weakness and wasting also in the same family.

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