Lower Incidence of Deletions in the Survival of Motor Neuron Gene and the Neuronal Apoptosis Inhibitory Protein Gene in Children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy from Serbia





Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the second most frequent autosomal recessive disease characterized by degeneration of the anterior horn cells of the spinal cord, leading to muscular atrophy. SMA is classified into three types according to disease severity and age-onset: severe (type I), intermediate (type II) and mild (type III). Deletions in the survival motor neuron (SMN) gene, located in the chromosome region 5q11.2- 5q13.3, are major determinants of SMA phenotype. Extended deletions that include the neuronal apoptosis inhibitory protein (NAIP) gene may correlate with the severtity of SMA. SMN gene is present in two highly homologous copies, SMN1 and SMN2, but only deletions of the SMN1 gene (exons 7 and 8 or exon 7) are responsible for clinical manifestations of SMA. Here, we present the deletion profiling of SMN1 and NAIP genes in 89 children with SMA from Serbia: 52 patients with type I, 26 with type II, and 11 with type III. The homozygous deletion of the SMN1 gene was confirmed in 72 of 89 (81%) patients, being the most frequent in SMA type I (48/52): 68 patients (94.4%) with deletion of exons 7 and 8 and 4 patients (5.6%) with deletion of exon 7. The extended deletion including the NAIP gene was detected in 18 of 89 (20.2%) patients, mostly affected with type I. This study has revealed the lower incidence of deletions in the SMN1 and NAIP genes in families with SMA in Serbia and will provide important information for genetic counselling in these families.


  • Tohoku journal of experimental medicine

    Tohoku journal of experimental medicine 225(3), 153-159, 2011-11-01

    Tohoku University Medical Press

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