Autosomal recessive familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (RFALS) is a rare form of ALS that usually presents at an early age with slow progression of symptoms. RFALS is clinically and genetically heterogeneous and the locus of RFALS type 3 was mapped to 2q33 (ALS2) in a single family. We now report linkage of a more-common form of RFALS to chromosome 15q15q22 markers (ALS5) and show further genetic locus heterogeneity in RFALS. ALS5 is the locus for most families with RFALS and appears to be present in both North African and European populations.
- Chromosome 15q15-q22 markers
- Recessive amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
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