A novel mutation in VCP causes Charcot-Marie-Tooth Type 2 disease

Michael A. Gonzalez, Shawna M. Feely, Fiorella Speziani, Alleene V. Strickland, Matt Danzi, Chelsea Bacon, Youjin Lee, Tsui Fen Chou, Susan H Blanton, Conrad C. Weihl, Stephan L Zuchner, Michael E. Shy

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Mutations in VCP have been reported to account for a spectrum of phenotypes that include inclusion body myopathy with Paget's disease of the bone and frontotemporal dementia, hereditary spastic paraplegia, and 1-2% of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. We identified a novel VCP mutation (p.Glu185Lys) segregating in an autosomal dominant Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 family. Functional studies showed that the Glu185Lys variant impaired autophagic function leading to the accumulation of immature autophagosomes. VCP mutations should thus be considered for genetically undefined Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2897-2902
Number of pages6
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2014



  • Autophagy
  • Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathies
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Neuropathy
  • Whole-exome sequencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medicine(all)

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Gonzalez, M. A., Feely, S. M., Speziani, F., Strickland, A. V., Danzi, M., Bacon, C., Lee, Y., Chou, T. F., Blanton, S. H., Weihl, C. C., Zuchner, S. L., & Shy, M. E. (2014). A novel mutation in VCP causes Charcot-Marie-Tooth Type 2 disease. Brain, 137(11), 2897-2902. https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awu224