CGG-repeat expansion in FMR1 is not associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

E.J.N. Groen, W. van Rheenen, M. Koppers, P.T.C. van Doormaal, L. Vlam, F.P. Diekstra, D. Dooijes, R.J. Pasterkamp, L.H. van den Berg, J.H. Veldink*

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Recently, repeat expansions in several genes have been shown to cause or be associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It has been demonstrated that an intronic hexanucleotide repeat expansion in C9ORF72 is a major cause of both familial (approximately 40%) and sporadic (approximately 5%) ALS, as well as frontotemporal dementia (FTD). In addition, a CAG-repeat expansion in exon 1 of ATXN2, otherwise known to cause spinocerebellar ataxia type 2, has been identified as a major risk factor for sporadic ALS. Intermediate repeat expansions in the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene (55-200 repeats) are known to cause fragile X-associated premature ovarian insufficiency [(FX)POI; female carriers] or fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS; male carriers) by CGG-mediated RNA toxicity. The present investigation involves screening FMR1 repeat length in 742 sporadic ALS patients and 792 matched controls. Our conclusion is that FMR1 repeat expansions are not associated with ALS. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberARTN 1852.e1
Number of pages3
JournalNeurobiology of Aging
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1)
  • Repeat-expansion disease
  • ALS
  • C9ORF72
  • FTD


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