Complex phenotypes associated with STIM1 mutations in both coiled coil and EF-hand domains

Neuromuscul Disord. 2017 Sep;27(9):861-872. doi: 10.1016/j.nmd.2017.05.002. Epub 2017 May 4.


Dominant mutations in STIM1 are a cause of three allelic conditions: tubular aggregate myopathy, Stormorken syndrome (a complex phenotype including myopathy, hyposplenism, hypocalcaemia and bleeding diathesis), and a platelet dysfunction disorder, York platelet syndrome. Previous reports have suggested a genotype-phenotype correlation with mutations in the N-terminal EF-hand domain associated with tubular aggregate myopathy, and a common mutation at p.R304W in a coiled coil domain associated with Stormorken syndrome. In this study individuals with STIM1 variants were identified by exome sequencing or STIM1 direct sequencing, and assessed for neuromuscular, haematological and biochemical evidence of the allelic disorders of STIM1. STIM1 mutations were investigated by fibroblast calcium imaging and 3D modelling. Six individuals with STIM1 mutations, including two novel mutations (c.262A>G (p.S88G) and c.911G>A (p.R304Q)), were identified. Extra-neuromuscular symptoms including thrombocytopenia, platelet dysfunction, hypocalcaemia or hyposplenism were present in 5/6 patients with mutations in both the EF-hand and CC domains. 3/6 patients had psychiatric disorders, not previously reported in STIM1 disease. Review of published STIM1 patients (n = 49) confirmed that neuromuscular symptoms are present in most patients. We conclude that the phenotype associated with activating STIM1 mutations frequently includes extra-neuromuscular features such as hypocalcaemia, hypo-/asplenia and platelet dysfunction regardless of mutation domain.

Keywords: Exome sequencing; STIM1; Stormorken syndrome; Tubular aggregate myopathy; York platelet syndrome.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Platelet Disorders / genetics*
  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Dyslexia / genetics*
  • Erythrocytes, Abnormal
  • Family Health
  • Female
  • Fibroblasts / pathology
  • Genetic Association Studies*
  • Humans
  • Ichthyosis / genetics*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Middle Aged
  • Migraine Disorders / genetics*
  • Miosis / genetics*
  • Models, Molecular
  • Muscle Fatigue / genetics
  • Muscle, Skeletal / diagnostic imaging
  • Muscle, Skeletal / pathology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / ultrastructure
  • Mutation / genetics*
  • Myopathies, Structural, Congenital / genetics*
  • NAD / metabolism
  • Neoplasm Proteins / genetics*
  • Spleen / abnormalities*
  • Stromal Interaction Molecule 1 / genetics*


  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • STIM1 protein, human
  • Stromal Interaction Molecule 1
  • NAD
  • Calcium

Supplementary concepts

  • Stormorken Syndrome