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G3M 2016, 14(4): 4340-4344 Back to browse issues page
Determination of Contraction of D4Z4 Repeats on Chromosome 4q35 in Iranian Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Patients
Bita Bozorgmehr , Mehdi Vahid Dastjerdi, Ariana Kariminejad
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Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD)is characterized by weakness of the facial, scapular muscles  and the dorsiflexors of the foot. Severity in this disorder is highly variable. Approximately 95% of individuals with FSHD phenotype have type 1 FSHD, with D4Z4 allele of between one and ten repeat units and about 5% have type 2 FSHD with mutations in the chromatin modifier SMCHD1gene which causes the chromatin relaxation at D4Z4. We studied 49 Iranian patients with clinical findings of FSHD, and detected contraction of the D4Z4 repeats located at 4q35 in 40, confirming FSHD type I in 40.

Keywords: Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, FSHD, D4Z4
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2017/01/11 | Accepted: 2017/01/11 | Published: 2017/01/11

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