SOD1 p.D12Y variant is associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/distal myopathy spectrum

G. Tasca, S. Lattante, G. Marangi, A. Conte, D. Bernardo, G. Bisogni, P. Mandich, M. Zollino, E. Ragozzino, B. Udd, M. Sabatelli

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Background and purpose: The aim of our study was to describe patients with the p.D12Y variant (previously reported as D11Y) in SOD1 showing heterogeneous clinicopathological features. Methods: We performed clinical, electrophysiological, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and muscle pathology studies in four SOD1 p.D12Y variant-positive patients. Results: The SOD1 p.D12Y clinical manifestations ranged from a benign phenotype characterized by distal distribution of muscular weakness and long survival to classic forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with poor prognosis. Two patients with the distal clinical phenotype showed MRI and muscle pathology alterations indicating a concurrent muscle involvement. In one of these patients significant myopathic changes were associated with rimmed vacuolar pathology. Conclusions: We expand the clinical spectrum of SOD1 p.D12Y variant, including predominant lower motor neuron forms with long survival and classic forms with aggressive course. Some patients may have concomitant distal myopathy without other explanations. Given clinical, MRI and muscle pathology alterations, SOD1 should be considered in the differential diagnosis of molecularly undefined distal myopathies with rimmed vacuoles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1304-1309
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • all neuromuscular disease
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • distal myopathy
  • muscle disease
  • SOD1

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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