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Current opinion in neurology

Megaconial congenital muscular dystrophy due to loss-of-function mutations in choline kinase β.


PMID 23945283

Abstract

Recessive mutations in CHKB cause a megaconial congenital muscular dystrophy whose most characteristic feature is mitochondrial enlargement at the periphery of muscle fibers and loss of mitochondria in the center of muscle fibers. This review will summarize clinicopathological features, genetic cause, and biochemical abnormalities of the disease, trying to decipher the mechanism of this complex disorder. Since our report of CHKB mutations found in 15 cases with megaconial congenital muscular dystrophy from Japanese, Turkish, and British populations, we have further identified two British and one French patients. One African-American patient has also been reported by another group. All patients have relatively homogenous phenotype although severity varies to some extent. The peculiar distribution pattern of enlarged mitochondria on muscle section seems to be due to a compensatory mechanism after the elimination of functionally defective mitochondria by mitophagy. CHKB encodes choline kinase β, an enzyme that catalyzes the first de-novo biosynthetic step of phosphatidylcholine, the most abundant phospholipid in the eukaryotic membrane. The identification of a new muscle disease caused by the defect in phospholipid metabolism will pave the way for a novel biological pathway that connects phospholipid metabolism, mitochondria biology, and muscular dystrophy.