Some FUS mutations have been observed in patients with the juvenile form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis starting before 25 years. We report an 11-year-old girl affected by sporadic juvenile ALS with a rapid course resulting in tracheostomy after 14 months from the onset. Sequencing FUS gene revealed a de novo P525L mutation. Our findings, together with literature data, indicate that this mutation is consistently associated with a specific phenotype characterized by juvenile onset, severe course and high proportion of de novo mutations in sporadic cases.
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- DNA Mutational Analysis
- RNA-Binding Protein FUS