HNRNPDL-related muscular dystrophy: expanding the clinical, morphological and MRI phenotypes

J Neurol. 2019 Oct;266(10):2524-2534. doi: 10.1007/s00415-019-09437-3. Epub 2019 Jul 2.


Autosomal dominant limb girdle muscular dystrophy D3 HNRNPDL-related is a rare dominant myopathy caused by mutations in HNRNPDL. Only three unrelated families have been described worldwide, a Brazilian and a Chinese carrying the mutation c.1132G>A p.(Asp378Asn), and one Uruguayan with the mutation c.1132G>C p. (Asp378His), both mutations occurring in the same codon. The present study enlarges the clinical, morphological and muscle MRI spectrum of AD-HNRNPDL-related myopathies demonstrating the significant particularities of the disease. We describe two new unrelated Argentinean families, carrying the previously reported c.1132G>C p.(Asp378His) HNRNPDL mutation. There was a wide phenotypic spectrum including oligo-symptomatic cases, pure limb girdle muscle involvement or distal lower limb muscle weakness. Scapular winging was the most common finding, observed in all patients. Muscle MRIs of the thigh, at different stages of the disease, showed particular involvement of adductor magnus and vastus besides a constant preservation of the rectus femoris and the adductor longus muscles, defining a novel MRI pattern. Muscle biopsy findings were characterized by the presence of numerous rimmed vacuoles, cytoplasmic bodies, and abundant autophagic material at the histochemistry and ultrastructural levels. HNRNPDL-related LGMD D3 results in a wide range of clinical phenotypes from the classic proximal form of LGMD to a more distal phenotype. Thigh MRI suggests a specific pattern. Codon 378 of HNRNPDL gene can be considered a mutation hotspot for HNRNPDL-related myopathy. Pathologically, the disease can be classified among the autophagic rimmed vacuolar myopathies as with the other multisystem proteinopathies.

Keywords: Autophagy; HNRNPDL gene; LGMDD3 HNRNPDL-related; Rimmed vacuolar myopathy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Argentina
  • Female
  • Heterogeneous Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein D0
  • Heterogeneous-Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein D / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscular Dystrophies, Limb-Girdle* / genetics
  • Muscular Dystrophies, Limb-Girdle* / pathology
  • Muscular Dystrophies, Limb-Girdle* / physiopathology
  • Mutation
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype


  • HNRNPD protein, human
  • Heterogeneous Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein D0
  • Heterogeneous-Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein D