Science. 2006 Sep 29;313(5795):1975-8.
Dok-7 mutations underlie a neuromuscular junction synaptopathy.
Beeson D, Higuchi O, Palace J, Cossins J, Spearman H, Maxwell S, Newsom-Davis J, Burke G, Fawcett P, Motomura M, Muller JS, Lochmuller H, Slater C, Vincent A, Yamanashi Y.
A new gene involved in a congenital myasthenic syndrome, in this case with proximal muscle weakness, has been identified. It was found earlier this year that dok-7 knock-out mice could not form acetylcholine receptor clusters nor neuromuscular synapses.
Science 23 June 2006 312: 1802-1805
The Muscle Protein Dok-7 Is Essential for Neuromuscular Synaptogenesis
Kumiko Okada, Akane Inoue, Momoko Okada, Yoji Murata, Shigeru Kakuta, Takafumi Jigami, Sachiko Kubo, Hirokazu Shiraishi, Katsumi Eguchi, Masakatsu Motomura, Tetsu Akiyama, Yoichiro Iwakura, Osamu Higuchi, and Yuji Yamanashi
The next step was to screen patients with congenital mysthenic syndromes for mutations in the gene encoding dok-7.
For a review of congenital mysthenic syndromes, see this article by Andrew Engel:
For a review of channelopathies, please see chapter 204 of OMMBID.
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