BACKGROUND: Neutral lipid storage disease with myopathy (NLSDM) is a rare lipid metabolism disorder. In this study, we evaluated some circulating miRNAs levels in serum samples and the MRI of three affected siblings. METHODS: Three members of one NLSDM family were identified: two brothers and one sister. Muscles of lower and right upper extremities were studied by MRI. Expression profile of miRNAs, obtained from serum samples, was detected using qRT-PCR. RESULTS: Two brothers presented with progressive skeletal myopathy, while the sister had severe hepatosteatosis and diabetes. NLSDM patients showed a significant increase of muscle-specific miRNAs expression compared with healthy subjects. We found a correlation between hepatic damage and elevation of miRNAs expression profile of liver origin. CONCLUSIONS: The dysregulation of miRNAs might represent an indicator of skeletal and hepatic damage and it might be useful to monitor the progression of NLSDM.
- lipid metabolism
- neutral lipid storage disease with myopathy