alexa Sporadic onset of erythermalgia: a gain-of-function mutation in Nav1.7.
Immunology

Immunology

International Journal of Inflammation, Cancer and Integrative Therapy

Author(s): Han C, Rush AM, DibHajj SD, Li S, Xu Z,

Abstract Share this page

Abstract OBJECTIVE: Inherited erythermalgia (erythromelalgia) is an autosomal dominant disorder in which patients experience severe burning pain in the extremities, in response to mild thermal stimuli and exercise. Although mutations in sodium channel Na(v)1.7 have been shown to underlie erythermalgia in several multigeneration families with the disease that have been investigated to date, the molecular basis of erythermalgia in sporadic cases is enigmatic. We investigated the role of Na(v)1.7 in a sporadic case of erythermalgia in a Chinese family. METHODS: Genomic DNA from patients and their asymptomatic family members were sequenced to identify mutations in Na(v)1.7. Whole-cell patch clamp analysis was used to characterize biophysical properties of wild-type and mutant Na(v)1.7 channels in mammalian cells. RESULTS: A single amino acid substitution in the DIIS4-S5 linker of Na(v)1.7 was present in two children whose parents were asymptomatic. The asymptomatic father was genetically mosaic for the mutation. This mutation produces a hyperpolarizing shift in channel activation and an increase in amplitude of the response to slow, small depolarizations. INTERPRETATION: Founder mutations in Na(v)1.7, which can confer hyperexcitability on peripheral sensory neurons, can underlie sporadic erythermalgia. This article was published in Ann Neurol and referenced in International Journal of Inflammation, Cancer and Integrative Therapy

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords