Scapuloperoneal spinal muscular atrophy (SPSMA) is a neuromuscular disorder characterized by weakness in the distribution of shoulder girdle and peroneal muscles. We have previously described a large New England kindred with autosomal dominant SPSMA and have subsequently linked this family trait to 12q24.1-q24.31. In this family, disease expression becomes more severe and progressive in successive generations, suggesting genetic anticipation. Accordingly, we have investigated the thirteen known CAG/CTG repeat loci on chromosome 12 that could be tested by using the polymerase chain reaction as candidate genetic mutations in SPSMA. None of these loci is expanded.
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