CLN6 disease caused by the same mutation originating in Pakistan has varying pathology

Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2013 Nov;17(6):657-60. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2013.04.011. Epub 2013 Jun 2.


The neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs), the most common neurodegenerative diseases in children, are characterised by storage of autofluorescent material that has a characteristic ultrastructure. We report two families with variant late infantile NCL, both originating from Pakistan. Probands from both families were homozygous for the same mutation (c.316dupC) but had variable pathology to that currently thought to be typical for CLN6 disease, late infantile variant. The observed pathology of one proband resembled condensed fingerprints, previously described in late infantile CLN7 and CLN8 diseases, and pathology from the second proband was thought to be absent even after repeated skin biopsy, but observed after review. This mutation is the most common NCL mutation in families originating from Pakistan and could be prioritised for testing. Finally, this report contains the first prenatal diagnosis for late infantile CLN6 disease, initially made on the basis of EM and now confirmed by mutation analysis.

Keywords: Batten; CLN6; NCL; Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis; Pathology; Prenatal.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Blood Vessels / pathology
  • Blood Vessels / ultrastructure
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Lymphocytes / pathology
  • Lymphocytes / ultrastructure
  • Male
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics*
  • Mutation / genetics*
  • Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinoses / genetics*
  • Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinoses / pathology*
  • Pakistan


  • CLN6 protein, human
  • Membrane Proteins