A novel homozygous exon2 deletion of TRIM32 gene in a Chinese patient with sarcotubular myopathy: A case report and literature review

Bosn J Basic Med Sci. 2021 Aug 1;21(4):495-500. doi: 10.17305/bjbms.2020.5288.


Sarcotubular myopathy (STM) is a rare autosomal recessive myopathy caused by TRIM32 gene mutations. It is predominantly characterized by the weakness of the proximal limb and mild to moderate elevation of creatine kinase (CK) levels. In this study, we describe a 50-year-old Chinese man who exhibited a proximal-to-distal weakness in the muscles of the lower limbs and who had difficulty standing up from a squat position. The symptoms gradually became more severe. He denied a history of cognitive or cardiological problems. The patient's parents and children were healthy. Histopathological examination revealed dystrophic changes and irregular slit-shaped vacuoles containing amorphous materials. Whole-exome sequencing consisting of protein-encoding regions of 19,396 genes was performed, the results of which identified one novel homozygous 2kb deletion chr9.hg19: g.119460021_119461983del (exon2) in the TRIM32 gene. This was confirmed at the homozygous state with quantitative real-time PCR. Here, we present a Chinese case of STM with one novel mutation in TRIM32 and provide a brief summary of all known pathogenic mutations in TRIM32.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Progression
  • Exons
  • Homozygote
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscular Dystrophies, Limb-Girdle / genetics*
  • Transcription Factors / genetics*
  • Tripartite Motif Proteins / genetics*
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / genetics*


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

Supplementary concepts

  • Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2H