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Nemaline Myopathy via the NEB Gene, Exons 82-105 (Triplicate Repeat Region)

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Test Method

Bi-Directional Sanger Sequencing
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NEB 81479 81479 $1440
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Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Pathogenic variants in the nebulin gene (NEB) are the most common cause of autosomal recessive nemaline myopathy (NEM). NEM is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous disorder characterized by muscle weakness, hypotonia and the presence of nemaline bodies in skeletal muscle fibers. Muscle weakness is typically observed in affected neonates or infants, although later onset cases are reported (Ryan et al. 2001). The most severely affected muscle groups are proximal limb, facial, bulbar, and respiratory muscles. Deep tendon reflexes are absent or depressed. Histologically, NEM is characterized by type 1 fiber predominance and the presence of rod-like structures called nemaline bodies upon Gomori trichrome staining of skeletal muscle (Ryan et al. 2003). Six clinical types of NEM have been delineated based on age of onset, severity and distribution of weakness, and respiratory function (Ryan et al. 2001; North and Ryan 2002). Nebulin gene variants more often cause typical neonatal onset disease, although NEB variants have been found in every clinical form of NEM (Lehtokari et al. 2006). Overlap among the six clinical groups is significant, and adults are sometimes diagnosed only after another family member has presented with typical signs.


All reported cases of NEB-associated NEM demonstrate autosomal recessive inheritance (Lehtokari et al. 2006; Lehtokari et al. 2014). In the largest cohort published to date, Lehtokari et al. (2014) identified 212 NEB variants segregating with autosomal recessive NEM in 159 families. In this study, pathogenic variants were found in most exons of the NEB gene, including the triplicate repeat region (exons 82-105). The majority of these variants (Lehtokari et al. 2014) were splice site variants (34%), frameshift variants (32%), and nonsense variants (23%). Reported pathogenic missense variants appear to be less common (~7%). The only common NEB pathogenic variant is an exon 55 deletion found at a carrier frequency of about 1% among people of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry (Anderson et. al. 2004).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sanger Sequencing

The clinical sensitivity of testing this region is not known due to the complexities of analysis. To date, at PreventionGenetics we have detected at least 13 likely pathogenic or pathogenic (nonsense, slicing, and small deletions/duplications, frameshift) variants in this region. 

Testing Strategy

Exons 82-105 of the NEB gene are organized in three highly homologous blocks of 8 exons each making this region difficult to analyze by NextGen Sequencing. Due to the homology, there are mapping and alignment issues which may cause variants in this region to go undetected. We employ a novel long-range 2-step PCR with Sanger sequencing to analyze this region of the NEB gene which allows correct exon and zygosity assignment.

Indications for Test

Individuals with symptoms consistent with the typical congenital form of nemaline myopathy who may have only identified one other pathogenic NEB variant through NGS testing.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
NEB 161650
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Nemaline Myopathy 2 AR 256030

Related Test

Nemaline Myopathy via the NEB Exon 55 Deletion


  • Anderson S.L. et al. 2004. Human Genetics. 115: 185-90. PubMed ID: 15221447
  • Lehtokari V.L. et al. 2006. Human Mutation. 27: 946-56. PubMed ID: 16917880
  • Lehtokari V.L. et al. 2014. Human Mutation. 35: 1418-26. PubMed ID: 25205138
  • North K., Ryan M.M. 2002. Nemaline Myopathy. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong C-T, and Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews™, Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle. PubMed ID: 20301465
  • Ryan M.M. et al. 2001. Annals of Neurology. 50: 312-20. PubMed ID: 11558787
  • Ryan M.M. et al. 2003. Neurology. 60: 665-73. PubMed ID: 12601110


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