A patient with limb girdle muscular dystrophy carries a TRIM32 deletion, detected by a novel CGH array, in compound heterozygosis with a nonsense mutation

Neuromuscul Disord. 2013 Jun;23(6):478-82. doi: 10.1016/j.nmd.2013.02.003. Epub 2013 Mar 28.


Limb girdle muscular dystrophy 2H is a rare autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy, clinically highly variable, caused by mutations in the TRIM32 gene. Here we describe a 35-years-old who experienced progressive muscle weakness. The muscle biopsy revealed an unspecific pattern of atrophic and hypertrophic fibers; the immunohistochemistry for several proteins was normal. Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) analysis showed a heterozygous deletion of the entire TRIM32 gene. On the other allele we identified the R316X nonsense mutation. The genetic diagnosis of LGMD2H in this case was reached by using a novel high throughput diagnostic tool.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Codon, Nonsense / genetics*
  • Codon, Nonsense / metabolism
  • Comparative Genomic Hybridization / methods
  • Female
  • Heterozygote*
  • Humans
  • Muscular Dystrophies, Limb-Girdle / genetics*
  • Muscular Dystrophies, Limb-Girdle / metabolism
  • Muscular Dystrophies, Limb-Girdle / pathology
  • Phenotype
  • Sequence Deletion / genetics
  • Transcription Factors / genetics*
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism
  • Tripartite Motif Proteins
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases


  • Codon, Nonsense
  • Transcription Factors
  • Tripartite Motif Proteins
  • TRIM32 protein, human
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases

Supplementary concepts

  • Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2H