Genetics of Cardiovascular and Neuromuscular Disease

Brief Summary

Official Title: “Genetic Studies of Patients and Their Families With Inherited Cardiovascular and Neuromuscular Diseases.”

We are studying the genetics of human cardiovascular and neuromuscular disease. There are many different genetic regions that have been associated with the development of cardiomyopathy. An equal number of genetic regions have been associated with muscular dystrophy and there is overlap because some of the identical genes, when mutated, produce both cardiomyopathy and muscular dystrophy. We are working to identify genes and gene mutations associated with cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias and muscular dystrophy. We propose to screen these samples for mutations in genes known to be involved in these disorders.

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design: Observational Model: Family-Based

Interventions Used in this Clinical Trial

  • Procedure: Blood draw (genetic testing)
    • Blood draw (genetic testing)

Criteria for Participation in this Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients of all ages will be considered for the study. In particular, families with more than one affected relative will be sought.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Subjects without a suspected inherited cardiovascular or neuromuscular disorder will be excluded from this study.

Gender Eligibility for this Clinical Trial: Both

Minimum Age for this Clinical Trial: N/A

Maximum Age for this Clinical Trial: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted for this Clinical Trial: No

Clinical Trial Investigator Information

  • Lead Sponsor
    • University of Chicago
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Elizabeth McNally, The University of Chicago
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Elizabeth McNally, MD PhD, Principal Investigator, University of Chicago
  • Overall Contact(s)
    • Lisa Dellefave, MS, 773-702-4310,


Noguchi S, McNally EM, Ben Othmane K, Hagiwara Y, Mizuno Y, Yoshida M, Yamamoto H, Bonnemann CG, Gussoni E, Denton PH, Kyriakides T, Middleton L, Hentati F, Ben Hamida M, Nonaka I, Vance JM, Kunkel LM, Ozawa E. Mutations in the dystrophin-associated protein gamma-sarcoglycan in chromosome 13 muscular dystrophy. Science. 1995 Nov 3;270(5237):819-22.

McNally EM, Duggan D, Gorospe JR, Bonnemann CG, Fanin M, Pegoraro E, Lidov HG, Noguchi S, Ozawa E, Finkel RS, Cruse RP, Angelini C, Kunkel LM, Hoffman EP. Mutations that disrupt the carboxyl-terminus of gamma-sarcoglycan cause muscular dystrophy. Hum Mol Genet. 1996 Nov;5(11):1841-7.

McNally EM, Passos-Bueno MR, Bonnemann CG, Vainzof M, de Sa Moreira E, Lidov HG, Othmane KB, Denton PH, Vance JM, Zatz M, Kunkel LM. Mild and severe muscular dystrophy caused by a single gamma-sarcoglycan mutation. Am J Hum Genet. 1996 Nov;59(5):1040-7.

van der Kooi AJ, van Meegen M, Ledderhof TM, McNally EM, de Visser M, Bolhuis PA. Genetic localization of a newly recognized autosomal dominant limb-girdle muscular dystrophy with cardiac involvement (LGMD1B) to chromosome 1q11-21. Am J Hum Genet. 1997 Apr;60(4):891-5.

Messina DN, Speer MC, Pericak-Vance MA, McNally EM. Linkage of familial dilated cardiomyopathy with conduction defect and muscular dystrophy to chromosome 6q23. Am J Hum Genet. 1997 Oct;61(4):909-17.

Davis DB, Delmonte AJ, Ly CT, McNally EM. Myoferlin, a candidate gene and potential modifier of muscular dystrophy. Hum Mol Genet. 2000 Jan 22;9(2):217-26.

Nowak KJ, Walsh P, Jacob RL, Johnsen RD, Peverall J, McNally EM, Wilton SD, Kakulas BA, Laing NG. Severe gamma-sarcoglycanopathy caused by a novel missense mutation and a large deletion. Neuromuscul Disord. 2000 Feb;10(2):100-7.

McNally EM, Ly CT, Rosenmann H, Mitrani Rosenbaum S, Jiang W, Anderson LV, Soffer D, Argov Z. Splicing mutation in dysferlin produces limb-girdle muscular dystrophy with inflammation. Am J Med Genet. 2000 Apr 10;91(4):305-12.

de Paula F, Vainzof M, Bernardino AL, McNally E, Kunkel LM, Zatz M. Mutations in the caveolin-3 gene: When are they pathogenic? Am J Med Genet. 2001 Apr 1;99(4):303-7.

Vainzof, M., L. V.B. Anderson, E. M. McNally, D. B. Davis, G. Faulkner, E. S. Moreira, R. C. M. Pavanello, M. R. Passos-Bueno and M. Zatz. Dysferlin protein analysis in the muscular dystrophies. (2001) J. Mol. Neurosci. 1:71-80.

McNally EM. Beta-myosin heavy chain gene mutations in familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: the usual suspect? Circ Res. 2002 Feb 22;90(3):246-7. No abstract available.

Wheeler MT, Zarnegar S, McNally EM. Zeta-sarcoglycan, a novel component of the sarcoglycan complex, is reduced in muscular dystrophy. Hum Mol Genet. 2002 Sep 1;11(18):2147-54.

McNally E, Allikian M, Wheeler MT, Mislow JM, Heydemann A. Cytoskeletal defects in cardiomyopathy. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2003 Mar;35(3):231-41. Review.

MacLeod HM, Culley MR, Huber JM, McNally EM. Lamin A/C truncation in dilated cardiomyopathy with conduction disease. BMC Med Genet. 2003 Jul 10;4:4.

Muchir A, van Engelen BG, Lammens M, Mislow JM, McNally E, Schwartz K, Bonne G. Nuclear envelope alterations in fibroblasts from LGMD1B patients carrying nonsense Y259X heterozygous or homozygous mutation in lamin A/C gene. Exp Cell Res. 2003 Dec 10;291(2):352-62.

McNally, E. M. and J. A. Towbin. Cardiomyopathy in Muscular Dystrophy. (2004) Neuromusc. Disorders 14:442-8.

DeWitt MM, MacLeod HM, Soliven B, McNally EM. Phospholamban R14 deletion results in late-onset, mild, hereditary dilated cardiomyopathy. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Oct 3;48(7):1396-8. Epub 2006 Sep 12.


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