Whole Exome Sequencing to Identify Disease-Causing Mutations in Lower Motor Neuron Disease and Peripheral Neuropathy

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Title: Whole Exome Sequencing to Identify Disease-Causing Mutations in Lower Motor Neuron Disease and Peripheral Neuropathy
Authors: Wagner, Justin
Date: 2016
Abstract: Lower motor neuron diseases and peripheral neuropathies are two groups of diseases that include multiple rare disorders where many causes are unknown and definitive treatments are unavailable. Understanding the molecular etiology of these genetic diseases provides an opportunity for rapid diagnosis, preconception genetic counseling and, in a subset, direction for the development of future treatment options. The recent introduction of whole exome sequencing (WES) marks a new era in Mendelian genetic disease research as the majority of the coding region of the genome can be sequenced in a timely and cost-effective manner. In this study, WES was used to investigate the molecular etiology of a cohort of 37 patients presenting with lower motor neuron disease or peripheral neuropathy. A molecular diagnosis was determined for seven patients informing the diagnostic utility of WES. Novel phenotypes were found for three genes originally associated with a different disorder. Finally, the foundation has been laid, through the use of functional studies and large scale data-sharing, to identify novel disease-causing genes for lower motor neuron disease and peripheral neuropathy.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/34124
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-2878
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