, Volume 259, Issue 6, pp 1039-1044
Date: 05 Nov 2011

Sporadic juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis caused by mutant FUS/TLS: possible association of mental retardation with this mutation

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We present two cases of patients with juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), who had no history of familial ALS. The symptoms of both patients started as weakness of the unilateral upper limb and neck, and extended to bulbar and respiratory weakness in a relatively short period. Of note, the first patient was mentally retarded before the onset of weakness. Fused in sarcoma/translocated in liposarcoma (FUS/TLS) gene analyses revealed mutations of p. G492EfsX527 (c. 1475delG), which is a novel deletion/frameshift mutation, in the first patient and p. R514S mutation (c. 1542G > T) in the second patient. Molecular analysis revealed that the mutant FUS/TLS, especially the deletion/frameshift mutation, showed significant cytoplasmic localization in transfected motor neuron-like cells. Our findings suggest the association of mental retardation with the FUS/TLS mutation. Further investigation, including the effect of FUS/TLS on cognitive function, would aid better understanding of FUS/TLS proteinopathies.

S. Yamashita, A. Mori and H. Sakaguchi contributed equally to this work.