Autosomal dominant sensory/motor neuropathy with Ataxia (SMNA): Linkage to chromosome 7q22-q32

Am J Med Genet. 2002 May 8;114(4):450-7. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.10361.


The autosomal dominant (AD) spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) and hereditary sensory neuropathies (HSN) are heterogeneous disorders characterized by variable clinical, electrophysiological, and neuropathological profiles. The SCAs are clinically characterized by slowly progressive incoordination of gait often associated with poor coordination of hands, speech, and eyes. Peripheral neuropathy is not a frequent part of the SCA syndrome. In contrast, the HSNs are primarily characterized by progressive sensory loss. There is substantial clinical overlap between the various SCAs and the various HSNs, and they often cannot be differentiated on the basis of clinical or neuro-imaging studies. We have identified a five-generation American family of Irish ancestry with a unique neurological disorder displaying an AD pattern of inheritance. There was variable expressivity and severity of symptoms including sensory loss, ataxia, pyramidal tract signs, and muscle weakness. Nerve conduction studies were consistent with a sensory axonal neuropathy. Muscle biopsy revealed neurogenic atrophy and brain MRI showed mild cerebellar atrophy. To identify the responsible locus we pursued a whole genome linkage analysis. After analyzing 114 markers, linkage to D7S486 was detected with a two point LOD score of 4.79 at theta = 0.00. Evaluation of additional markers in the region provided a maximum LOD score of 6.36 at theta = 0.00 for marker D7S2554. Haplotype analysis delimited an approximately 14-cM region at 7q22-q32 between markers D7S2418 and D7S1804 cosegregating with the disease. Because this disorder does not easily fall into either the SCA or HSN categories, it is designated sensory/motor neuropathy with ataxia (SMNA).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ataxia / classification
  • Ataxia / genetics*
  • Ataxia / pathology
  • Brain / pathology
  • Cerebellar Ataxia / genetics
  • Child
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 7*
  • Genes, Dominant
  • Humans
  • Lod Score
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Muscular Atrophy / genetics
  • Pedigree

Associated data

  • OMIM/108500
  • OMIM/109150
  • OMIM/125370
  • OMIM/160120
  • OMIM/162400
  • OMIM/164400
  • OMIM/164500
  • OMIM/183086
  • OMIM/183090
  • OMIM/600223
  • OMIM/600224
  • OMIM/603131
  • OMIM/603516
  • OMIM/603680
  • OMIM/604326
  • OMIM/604432
  • OMIM/605259
  • OMIM/605361
  • RefSeq/NT_007744