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This PhD thesis has been focused on the identification and functional characterization of sequence variants in the RYR1 gene, associated with Malignant hyperthermia (MH) and some congenital myopathies (CMs). MH is an autosomal dominant pharmacogenetic disorder caused by an altered intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis. This pathology shows a life treatening hypermetabolic crisis after administration of anaesthetics and/or depolarizing muscle relaxants. MH is syntomatologic silent and until now the only sensitive and specific test for the diagnosis of MH is the in vitro contracture test (IVCT), carried out on muscle byopsies. MH presents wide genetic heterogeneity: six genetic loci associated with the MH suscettible phenotype (MHS) have been identified. In more than 70% of MHS patients the locus segregating with the pathology is MHS-1, where the RYR1 gene maps. The RYR1 gene codifies for the ryanodine receptor type 1 (RYR1), a calcium release channel localised in the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum (SR/ER) membrane of skeletal muscle and B-lymphocytes. CMs are a heterogeneous group of inherited neuromuscular disorders characterized by hypotonia and muscle weakness, that usually present at birth or early childhood or rarely adulthood. Myophathies linked to RYR1 mutations are differentiated on the basis of the histopathological features in: core myopathies (central core disease, multiminicore disease, nemaline rod myopathy, and centronuclear myopathy), characterized histologically by central cores, multi-minicores, nemaline rods, central nuclei in muscle fibers, respectively; and others myopathies (congenital neuromuscular disease with uniform Type 1 fibers, and congenital fiber-type disproportion myopathy) characterized histologically by the almost exclusive presence of Type 1 muscle fiber and relative hypotrophy of type 1 muscle fibers, respectively. Great phenotypic and histopathological overlap and marked phenotypic variability are present in different myopathies. So far more than 200 sequence variants have been identified in the RYR1 gene, but only 28 variants have been investigated for their functional effect and included in the guidelines for molecular genetic detection of MH susceptibility ( In this study, the mutation analysis of the RYR1 gene was performed by Denaturing High Performance Liquid Chromatography (dHPLC) and automatic sequencing in 24 MHS subjects, one CCD patient and one with minicores. 14 RYR1 gene sequence variants, an in-frame insertion variant and several known and novel polymorphisms have been identified. We characterized the effect of nine RYR1 variants on the channel function. The functional characterization was performed by two in vitro assays, proton and calcium release assays, on Epstein-Barr virus immortalized B-lymphocytes from patients carrying the sequence variants. The results showed alterations in the functional activity of the RYR1 mutated channel.

Item Type: Tesi di dottorato
Additional Information: Questa è la tesi finale da pubblicare in rete
Uncontrolled Keywords: RYR1, malignant hyperthermia, congenital myopathies, calcium release, proton release, B-lymphocytes, calcium channel
Depositing User: Francesca Migliorini
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 09:02
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2014 19:40

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