FUS mutations in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Shiao Lin Lai, Yevgeniya Abramzon, Jennifer C. Schymick, Dietrich A. Stephan, Travis Dunckley, Allissa Dillman, Mark Cookson, Andrea Calvo, Stefania Battistini, Fabio Giannini, Claudia Caponnetto, Giovanni Luigi Mancardi, Rossella Spataro, Maria Rosaria Monsurro, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Kalliopi Marinou, Mario Sabatelli, Amelia Conte, Jessica Mandrioli, Patrizia SolaFabrizio Salvi, Ilaria Bartolomei, Federica Lombardo, Gabriele Mora, Gabriella Restagno, Adriano Chiò, Bryan J. Traynor

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Mutations in the FUS gene have recently been described as a cause of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but their role in the pathogenesis of sporadic ALS is unclear. We undertook mutational screening of all coding exons of FUS in 228 sporadic ALS cases, and, as previous reports suggest that exon 15 represents a mutational hotspot, we sequenced this exon in an additional 1295 sporadic cases. Six variants in six different cases were found, indicating that FUS mutations can underlie apparently sporadic ALS, but account for less than 1% of this form of disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550.e1-550.e4
JournalNeurobiology of Aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • FUS
  • Italy
  • Sporadic disease
  • United States of America

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Aging
  • Developmental Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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