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Merosin-Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (MDC1A) via the LAMA2 Gene, Exon 55

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Test Method

Bi-Directional Sanger Sequencing
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LAMA2 81403 81403 $350
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245LAMA281403 81403 $350 Order Options and Pricing

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Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy (MDC1A; OMIM 607855) is characterized clinically by muscle weakness, delayed motor milestones, white matter changes, mental retardation, hypotonia, and seizures (Philpot et al. Neuromusc Disord 9:81-85, 1999). However, notable variation in phenotypic severity, age of onset, and disease progression has been reported (Jones et al. J Med Genet 38: 649-657, 2001). Muscle histology includes dystrophic features and adipose infiltration, but other findings typical of Duchenne biopsies are less apparent (Taniguchi et al. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 342: 489-502, 2006).


The LAMA2 gene codes for the α-2 subunit of LAMININ-2 (merosin), the main laminin of muscle tissue. MDC1A is inherited as an autosomal recessive disorder. Variants are distributed throughout the coding region, and some genotype-phenotype correlations have been made (http://www.dmd.nl/; Muntoni and Voit, Neuromuscul Disord 14:635-49, 2004). An exon 55 nonsense variant (c.7732C>T; p.Arg2578*) has been found as a recurring cause of MDC1A in individuals with Mexican ancestry (Coral-Vazquez et al. J Hum Genet 48:91-95, 2003).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sanger Sequencing

Merosin-deficient CMD is thought to account for ~50% of all CMD. Because CMD demonstrates extensive locus and allelic heterogeneity, a negative LAMA2 sequence result does not rule out a diagnosis of this disorder when classic clinical findings are present. If a muscle biopsy is available, immunostaining may also be an appropriate diagnostic approach. Most patients with partial merosin deficiency do not have LAMA2 variants (Tezak et al., Hum Mutat 21:103-11, 2003). In these cases, evaluation of other CMD genes may be a reasonable diagnostic approach.

Testing Strategy

The α-2 subunit of LAMININ-2 is coded by exons 1-65 of the LAMA2 gene located on chromosome 6q22-q23. Testing is accomplished by amplifying exon 55 and ~10 bp of adjacent noncoding sequence, then determining the nucleotide sequence using standard dideoxy sequencing methods and capillary electrophoresis.

Indications for Test

Individuals of Mexican origin with symptoms consistent with CMD. Individuals with immunofluorescence results demonstrating complete merosin deficiency.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
LAMA2 156225
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy AR 607855


  • Coral-Vazquez RM, Rosas-Vargas H, Meza-Espinosa P, Mendoza I, Huicochea JC, Ramon G, Salamanca F. 2003. Severe congenital muscular dystrophy in a Mexican family with a new nonsense mutation (R2578X) in the laminin α-2 gene. Journal of human genetics 48: 0091–0095. PubMed ID: 12601554
  • Jones KJ, Morgan G, Johnston H, Tobias V, Ouvrier RA, Wilkinson I, North KN. 2001. The expanding phenotype of laminin alpha2 chain (merosin) abnormalities: case series and review. J. Med. Genet. 38: 649–657. PubMed ID: 11584042
  • Leiden Muscular Dystrophy pages..
  • Muntoni F, Voit T. 2004. The congenital muscular dystrophies in 2004: a century of exciting progress. Neuromuscul. Disord. 14: 635–649. PubMed ID: 15351421
  • Philpot J, Cowan F, Pennock J, Sewry C, Dubowitz V, Bydder G, Muntoni F. 1999. Merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy: the spectrum of brain involvement on magnetic resonance imaging. Neuromuscul. Disord. 9: 81–85. PubMed ID: 10220862
  • Taniguchi M, Kurahashi H, Noguchi S, Sese J, Okinaga T, Tsukahara T, Guicheney P, Ozono K, Nishino I, Morishita S, Toda T. 2006. Expression profiling of muscles from Fukuyama-type congenital muscular dystrophy and laminin-alpha 2 deficient congenital muscular dystrophy; is congenital muscular dystrophy a primary fibrotic disease? Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 342: 489–502. PubMed ID: 16487936
  • Tezak, Z., et.al. (2003). "Clinical and molecular study in congenital muscular dystrophy with partial laminin alpha 2 (LAMA2) deficiency." Hum Mutat 21(2): 103-11. PubMed ID: 12552556


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