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Enfermedades neurodegenerativas: la ataxia espinocerebelosa tipo 7 en Mexico.


1. Introduction
2. Inherited ataxias
    2.1. Classification
         2.1.1. Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias (ADCA)
         2.1.2. Autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxias (ARCA)
         2.1.3. Mitochondrial diseases
         2.1.4. X-linked ataxias

3. Acquired ataxias
4. CAG repeats
5. Treatment of the SCAs
6. SCAs in Mexico
    6.1. Spinocerebellar ataxia type 7
    6.1.1. Clinical Features
    6.1.2. Neuropathological features
    6.1.3. Genetic Characteristics
    6.2. Cases of SCA7 in Mexico
7. Future research in SCA7
8. Conclusions
9. Acknowledgments
10. References

Neurodegenerative diseases: The spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 in Mexico

1. Introduction

Neurodegenerativa diseases represent a large group of disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). While the clinical and neuropathological characteristics of the various neurodegenerative diseases differ, they share the symptoms of neuronal degeneration, and the subsequent functional impairment of the affected areas. (1)

Two well-known and common forms of these diseases are Alzheimer's (2) and Parkinson's diseases. (3) Other, less common disorders include Huntington's disease, (4) multiple sclerosis, (5) amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, (6) Rett, Fragile X and Angelman syndromes, (7) and SCAs. (8) SCAs, which are addressed in this article, are a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by progressive ataxia that results from the degeneration of the cerebellum and other structures, and from the loss of their input and output connections to information. (9,10)

Ataxia derives from the Greek word "a-taxis", which means "without order". It is also used to describe a gait disorder, "drunk walk", which is characterized by instability, lack of coordination, and increased base of support. (11,12) Ataxia results from the dysfunction of the cerebellum, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, or a combination of the three conditions. (10)

Because most cerebellar degenerative disorders are genetically transmitted, they are also called "inherited ataxias". (13) Similar to other human neurodegenerative diseases of unknown etiology, their classification has been based on clinical and pathological criteria. However, these characteristics can vary even among members of the same family. As such, the classification needs to be determined by biochemical and molecular procedures that are focused on the involved genes. (13)

The purpose of this review is to present the current state of research on the SCAs and its classification, and to describe a Mexican family diagnosed with the SCA7, to understand its history and genealogy.

2. Inherited ataxias

This group includes neurodegenerative disorders characterized by a slowly evolving degeneration of cerebellar neurons and other different neural structures, including the spinal cord and basal ganglia. (14) Many SCAs are caused by a mutation of the SCA gene, which produces an aberrant transcript of ribonucleic acid. When this transcript is translated into protein, there are repetitions of the corresponding amino acid, and the mutated protein tends to aggregate within nuclear inclusions. (15,16) This phenomenon has been associated with the clinical and pathological manifestations of this disease. (17)

2.1 Classification

The pioneering work of Harding in the early 1980s initiated the clinical-genetic classification of this disorder, leading to the more recent classification based on molecular genetics. (18-20) So, the current classification is based on the distinction between inherited and acquired variants, and each group has subclasses. The inherited ataxias are classified according to the specific genetic deficit, including autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, mitochondrial diseases and X-linked ataxias. For most ataxia cases, it is possible to characterize the molecular genetic defect that causes the disease. (11) The genetic defect or mutation may involve the substitution of a single base (adenine, guanine, cytosine or thymine) for another, the loss of any part of the sequence of one or more genes, or a trinucleotide, pentanucleotide or hexanucleotide repeat of these bases.

2.1.1 Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias (ADCA)

In ADCA (Figure I), the gene causing the disease is found on a non-sex chromosome and, accordingly, affects women and men equally. When one parent (the father) has a recessive normal allele (n) and a dominant defective allele (D), and the other parent (the mother) has two normal alleles (nn), each of their sons has a 50% chance of inheriting the abnormal gene from the father and will have the same defect as the father. (21)

Different pathogenic mechanisms for autosomal dominant disorders have been identified. The disorders include the SCA type 1 (SCA1) to SCA36, (8) with the exception of SCA6 (Table 1). Seven are caused by the expansion of CAG triplet repeats, with the exceptions of SCA10 and SCA31, which result from pentanucleotide repeats, (10,22) and SCA36, which results from hexanucleotide repeats. (23) SCA9 does not exist, but its name has been retained. The name SCA24 was assigned to the single recessive form of spinocerebellar ataxia, (10) and dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA) is included in this group.

All available evidence suggests that these disorders are caused by the abnormal function of a protein called "ataxin" (e.g., ataxin-1 for SCA!, ataxin-2 for SCA2, ataxin7 for SCA7), which has a polyglutamine repeat sequence. In another group of dominant disorders, including episodic ataxias ! to 7 (EAI-7) (8) and SCA6 (Table 1), the mutations affect genes that encode ion channels. (24)

2.1.2 Autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxias (ARCA)

Diseases with an autosomal recessive inheritance pattern are generally rare, and their inheritance follows the expected Mendelian ratio of 3:I. Unlike dominantly inherited diseases, diseases with autosomal recessive inheritance require two copies of the defective gene for a person suffer the symptoms of the disease (Figure 2).

The autosomal recessive ataxias (Table 2) are caused by the loss of a mitochondrial protein, frataxin, which has been linked to respiratory function and iron homeostasis. (25) Friedreich's ataxia is, the most common type of recessive ataxia, (13,26) and one of every 20,000 people in the United States suffers from Friedreich's ataxia. (8) In recessive disorders, the symptoms usually begin in childhood or in adolescence, rather than in adulthood. However, for reasons that remain unclear, the symptoms are not necessarily present at birth or during infancy. (11) In the United States, the incidence of both ADCA and ARCA is 1-5 cases per 100,000 peoples. (8)

2.1.3 Mitochondrial diseases

Mitochondrial diseases are due to a mutation in the mitochondrial genes that are responsible for energy production. The characteristic symptom of these mitochondrial disorders is ataxic gait, and is often associated with other complications such as peripheral neuropathy, ophthalmoparesis, retinitis pigmentosa, etc. (Table 3). (27)

2.1.4 X-linked ataxias

X-linked ataxia is a disorder that affects men in one or more generations in the maternal line, and this ataxia is among the most common disorders observed (Table 3). The symptoms that occur most frequently include: ataxic gait, kinetic tremors, parkinsonism and polyneurophaty. (27) Cognitive dysfunctions have also been observed.

3. Acquired ataxias

This group includes sporadic or acquired ataxias, which may be caused by chronic alcoholism, toxins and drugs (phenytoin, lithium, valproate, amiodarone, metronidazole, procainamide, mefloquine, isoniazida, metals and solvents), hypothyroidism, stroke, infectious diseases, and neoplastic disorders. (27)

This group also includes some degenerative, adult onset ataxias, such as multiple system atrophy (MSA), idiopathic late-onset cerebellar ataxia (ILOCA), sporadic cerebellar degeneration (SCD), striatonigral degeneration (SDC) and Shy Drager Syndrome (SDY). (8)

4. CAG repeats

Approximately 15 years ago, it was discovered that many neurodegenerative diseases are attributable to increases in unstable triplet repeats in DNA. To date, more than 35 SCAs have been described, and, in at least seven of these diseases, the repeated element is a CAG triplet coding for glutamine. Many diseases have been described to result from the formation of polyglutamine repeats. Other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinobulbar atrophy, and DRPLA atrophy, have been shown to involve the accumulation of mutated proteins in the nucleus and cytoplasm of the cell, and in the extracellular space. (28)

Multiple proteins contain areas of polyglutamine residues (polyQ) that are prone to instability and expansion. Up to a certain length, the occurrence of polyQ in the ataxin protein is not pathogenic. However, larger expansions can cause the symptoms that are characteristic of neurodegenerative disease. (11)

In the case of ataxin-7, 4 to 17 CAG repeats are considered to be in the normal range, with 10 being the most frequently observed number of repeats. (15) The presence of greater than 37 repeats, (which is equivalent to 37 glutamine amino acids), is associated with the clinical and pathological features of this disease. (19)

5. Treatment of the SCAs

In general, treatments for neurodegenerative diseases are lacking, and therapeutic interventions, mostly comprise symptomatic and palliative measures. Neurodegenerative diseases constitute a terrible disability, and can cause physical and psychological suffering in patients and their families. (1)

Currently, there is no cure for spinocerebellar ataxias, and preclinical and clinical studies with insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) are ongoing. The serum levels of IGF-I are altered in animal models of ataxia and human patients, (29) but relationship between these altered levels and disease pathology is unclear. Nevertheless, this relationship may be a target for the pharmacological treatment of ataxia. (30)

The Centro para la Investigacion y la Rehabilitacion de las Ataxias Hereditarias (CIRAH) in Holguin, Cuba, has also conducted important research on the effects of zinc sulfate supplementation in SCA2 patients. (10) Zinc sulfate supplementation was found to be associated with improvements in coordination, gait, balance and cognitive functions, including attention, concentration, and memory, as well as executive function. However, the mechanism by which these effects are mediated is unknown. The CIRAH has plans to open a department of neuropathology, which will potentially be one of the continent's largest centers for the development of this area of research.

6. SCAs in Mexico

The existence of this disease in Mexico was first reported by Matsuura et al., in 2000. They found an expansion of a pentanucleotide (ATTCT) repeat in intron 9 of SCAI0 gene in all patients examined, who belonged to five Mexican families. SCAI0 is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by cerebellar ataxia and seizures. (31)

In 2001, Rasmussen et al., reported 18 cases of SCAI0 in four Mexican families. They described the molecular findings in these patients, and reported an expansion of ATTCT repeats ranging from 920 to 4140 repeats, with an average age at onset of 26.7 years. The clinical signs were more significant, and included pan cerebellar ataxia and seizures. Pyramidal signs, ocular dyskinesia, cognitive impairment and/or behavioral disturbances were also observed. Thus, SCAI0 may affect tissues other than the cerebellum. (32)

In 2007, Alonso et al., reported I08 dominant families and 123 sporadic cases in the Mexican Mestizo population. The distribution of ADCA was 45.4% for SCA2, 13.9% for SCA10, 12% for SCA3, 7.4% for SCA7 and 1.6% for SCA17. They identified six individuals with the rare allele (CAG) 33, and two with early onset ataxia. These results showed the existence of different SCA in Mexico, and suggested the need for designing testing strategies for the general Mexican population. (33)

In other countries, however, research in the field of spinocerebellar ataxias has been ongoing for decades. The reason for the delay in Mexico may be the lack of knowledge of the clinical and pathological features of the disease. The family physicians or physical therapists who frequently examine people with any type of motor disorder may be unaware that they are observing a case of spinocerebellar ataxia. Additionally, patients may be dying of other complications without having been diagnosed with SCA.

The Instituto de Rehabilitacion para las Ataxias en Mexico (IRAM) is located in Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz. The IRAM is a civil association that was founded in 2006 by a family with a number of suspected cases of ataxias and whom adequate management was not provided by any hospital in the state. The Instituto Nacional de Neurologia y Neurocirugia (INNN) "Dr. Manuel Velasco Suarez" in Mexico City is currently the only public hospital that offers presymptomatic tests and genetic testing for individuals who arrive from other states of Mexico. However, much remains to be done by the Institutes and Health Center in terms of the detection and referral of individuals who have the classic symptoms of ataxia. No records exist in other hospitals for hereditary ataxias, and there is a lack of institutions specializing in the monitoring and care of patients with these neurodegenerative diseases.

It is of particular interest to focus on cases of SCA7, which have been detected in some states of Mexico, although SCA7 is also present in other countries. (34-39)

6.1 Spinocerebellar ataxia type 7

SCA7 is an autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia that is associated with progressive macular degeneration. It was formerly known as olivopontocerebellar atrophy type III (13) and is now known as spinocerebellar ataxia type 7. (39,40)

Many families around the world and from different ethnic groups have been reported to have SCA7. These locations include North (USA and Mexico) and South America (Brazil and Peru), Europe (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and South Africa), and Asia (China, Japan, Korea and Philippines). (20,35,39,41-45)

The population of Mexico largely derives from the Spanish who came to Mexico during the "Conquest" (XVI century) and the slaves brought mainly from Africa, who settled in this territory in communities and later merged with the local people. This population diversity might account for the distribution of some the SCAs, such as the SCA7, in the Mexican Mestizo population.

6.1.1 Clinical Features

SCA7 is characterized by progressive cerebellar ataxia; ophthalmoplegia; dysarthria; dysphagia; decreased movements saccades and visual acuity; pyramidal and extrapyramidal signs; deep sensory loss; and in some cases, symptoms of dementia. (19,41,46) Most patients with SCA7 suffer from progressive macular dystrophy and, in advanced stages of the illness, permanent blindness. (17) Some patients have difficulty with controlling their sphincters, increased reflexes in the lower extremities, and decreased vibration perception. (15) As with other SCAs, (47) olfactory deficits have also been reported in patients with SCA7. (48) SCA7 evolves through four clinical states, and "the electroretinogram is a potential biomarker of disease progression". (49)

6.1.2 Neuropathological features

The neuropathological features that have been reported to accompany SCA7 include a moderate to severe loss of neurons (PkC and granule cells) and gliosis in the cerebellum, (46) inferior olive, dentate nuclei, pontine nuclei and structures related to the motor system such as globus pallidus, substantia nigra, subthalamic nuclei, red nuclei and spinal cord. (36,46) The loss of bipolar cells, ganglion cells and photoreceptors in the retina have also been observed, (42) as have neuronal loss and gliosis of the lateral geniculate body and occipital cortex. (17)

6.1.3 Genetic Characteristics

The mutation responsible for SCA7 is the expansion of a CAG triplet repeat in the first exon of the SCA7 gene, which is located on chromosome 3p 12-p21.1. (15,16,18,36,43,46,50-53) The gene encodes a protein of unknown function, called ataxin-7, which is made up of 892 amino acids and has a polyglutamine domain in the amino terminal region. (15,46,53) The mutated form of ataxin-7 is restricted to the neuronal nucleus, where it tends to form insoluble aggregates within nuclear inclusions. (16,19,54) This clustering has been associated with the clinical and pathologic features of the disease. (17,45,55) The presence for more than 37 repeats is associated with the disease, (19) and more than 200 repeats have been observed. (10)

Genetic anticipation is often observed in SCA7, as is the case for the rest of the autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias and in other diseases produced by CAG repeats. Specifically, the number of repeats present is inversely proportional to the age of onset of symptoms and to the intensity of clinical involvement. (44,55)

6.2 Cases of SCA7 in Mexico

In 2004, Rolon-Lacarriere et al., reported a case of a Mexican family (Durango state) of 13 individuals from three generations who had ataxia and other neurological disorders. The clinical history of the individual was obtained, and a neurological exam, including neuropsychological studies, neurophysiologic, ophthalmologic, neuroradiologic, and genetic tests was conducted. (45) A genealogical study revealed that the family had a history of vision and gait disturbances. In all members of the last generation, the observed symptoms included global cerebellar syndrome, pyramidal, visual impairment and varying degrees of ophthalmoparesis, maculopathy with progressive retinal degeneration, and atrophy of the cerebellum, brainstem and the cerebral hemispheres. Clinical anticipation was observed in three subjects, in whom the symptoms were more severe, and onset was earlier in the youngest generation. Molecular diagnosis was only performed in the father, and PCR analysis showed 46 CAG repeats in the SCA7 gene region. Clinical and genetic studies showed that the disease was spinocerebellar ataxia type 7, and this was the first publication of SCA7 in a Mexican family. (45)

Here, we present the case of a family in Xalapa, which comprises 126 peoples across five generations. A genealogical tree was constructed and was divided into three subfamilies (Figures 3 A, B, C) for clarity. The man in the first generation in the three subfamilies is the same and is thougth to be the index carrier of the mutation. Subfamily A is composed of 29 individuals distributed into five generations, including 14 males (48.3%) and 15 females (51.7%). Subfamily B is composed of 43 individuals distributed into four generations, with 26 males (60.4%) and 17 females (39.6%). The subfamily C is composed of 54 individuals, distributed into five generations, including 27 males (50%) and 27 females (50%). According to the data provided by family members and the IRAM files, 12 individuals might have been affected, of whom five had already died. Of the seven remaining members, only three women of ages 38 (subfamily A-III,8), 39 (subfamily BIN,2i), and 41 (subfamily A-III,7), were confirmed to have SCA7 by the INNN.

These women had the characteristic expansion of triplets on chromosome 3p that was associated with retinal lesions, leading to diagnosis of spinocerebellar ataxia type 7. This was the first report of SCA7 in the state of Veracruz.

In 2006 da Cunha et al., reported a case series of SCA7 in individuals from five consanguineous marriages in Brazil, suggesting that the incidence of the disease increases in closely related individuals. (56) In the case presented above, no consanguineous marriages were reported. One member of subfamily B (II, 2) and one of the subfamily C (IV,20) who were suspected to have the disease were not married and had no offspring. Similarly, the three women with genetic confirmation of SCA7 had no children, which contributed to the low incidence of cases in these subfamilies.

However, the number of states in Mexico with cases of SCAs could rise if the proper diagnosis of the disease is applied widely. This would lead to a more accurate estimation of the frequency of the disease, improve the availability of appropriate management and provide better quality of life for people affected by this devastating condition.

7. Future research in SCA7

Helmlinger et al., (2004) showed that ataxin-7, the protein that arises from the mutated of SCA7 gene, is a subunit of TFTC (TATA-binding protein-free TAF-containing complex) and STAGA (SPT3/TAF9/GCN5 acetyltransferase complex). (57) These transcriptional complexes are linked to histone acetylation, (58) both in nucleosomes and in the free protein form. Moreover, severe transcriptional alterations have been detected in several cellular models, including yeast and mouse cells that had glutamine repeats in the ataxin-7 protein. These date suggest that this abnormality interferes with the normal function of the transcription factors, which are mislocalized to form nuclear inclusions. (59) However, the mechanism that facilitates transcriptional deregulation and protein accumulation remains unknown.

The mouse retina is a suitable model for studying transcriptional mechanisms. Specialized photoreceptor cells of the retina, rods and cones express specific genes coding for components of the phototransduction cascade, the process involved in converting light signals to electrical signals. Rods represent over 70% of all retinal cells. Helmlinger et al., (2004) showed that in the retina of SCA7 mutant mice, the TFTC/STAGA complex induces the hyperacetylation of histone H3. (57) As a result, the cores of the rods show chromatin decondensation, which correlates with the severe transcriptional repression of target genes. (56) As such, the retinal degeneration observed in the mouse model of SCA7 may be mediated by the loss of expression of genes that are necessary for phototransduction. (59,60)

More recently, Schaefer et al., (2012) suggested a role for the polyQ sequences in some proteins, including ataxin. They mentioned that the expanded polyQ sequences facilitate their interaction with other proteins by stabilizing the complex, which is necessary for the transcription process. The abnormal amount of polyQ alters this interaction, resulting in the formation of protein aggregates in inclusion bodies. (61)

Young et al., (2007) reported that ataxin-7 is a substrate for caspases and possibly other proteases, and is degraded to form cytotoxic fragments. They showed that ataxin-7 is cleaved by caspase-7 at the Asp sites at position 266 and 344 and that the proteolytic processing of ataxin-7 may contribute to the pathogenesis of SCA7. (62)

Several proteins are responsible for cell proteostasis, including chaperones that promote folding and decrease proteotoxicity. The accumulation of misfolded proteins can lead to a loss of function and cell death. It has been shown in cell culture and the mouse brain that the overexpression of chaperone proteins prevents aggregation and decreases polyglutamine toxicity. (63) These findings may lead to identification of suitable targets for the development of therapies.

8. Conclusions

The spinocerebellar ataxias are genetic diseases that can pass from one generation to another, without a family knowing that one or both of the parents carry the disease gene. This lack of knowledge ocurrs because most of the SCA are manifested in adulthood (after 40 years of age), after most people have already reproduced. Moreover, research into drugs to alleviate symptoms of the disease does not show signs of success in the near future, although in vivo animal experiments focused on IGF-I, caspases and chaperones, and the supplementation of ataxia patients with zinc sulfate hold some promise.

Therefore, it is essential to gain awareness of the existence of such diseases, though their incidence in our country is low, so that the family physicians in charge of primary care have the knowledge to detect these diseases and properly refer patients to an appropriate institution for follow up.

Received: September 18, 2013

Accepted: October 16, 2013

9. Acknowledgments

We wish to acknowledge Marlene, Ivonne and Maria Luisa of IRAM, for their contributions to this work.

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Rolando Garcia-Martinez [1] (+)*, Elizabeth Hernandez [2], Rebeca Toledo [2] (++), Oscar H. Hernandez [1] (+), Maria Elena Hernandez [2] (++) Luis I. Garcia [2] (+++), Shirley Ortiz [3], Jorge Manzo [2] (+++)

[1] Centro de Investigaciones Biomedicas, Universidad Autonoma de Campeche, Mexico [2] Centro de Investigaciones Cerebrales, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico [3] Instituto de Rehabilitacion para las Ataxias en Mexico, A.C., Mexico (+) Cuerpo Academico de Biomedicina, Universidad Autonoma de Campeche. (++) Cuerpo Academico de Neuroquimica, Universidad Veracruzana. (+++) Cuerpo Academico de Neurociencias, Universidad Veracruzana.

* Corresponding Author: Laboratorio de Neurofisiologia, Centro de Investigaciones Biomedicas, Universidad Autonoma de Campeche Av. Agustin Melgar s/n Col. Buenavista, Campeche, Camp. C.P. 24039 Tel. (981) 81 19800 Ext. 2020100 Fax +52 981 813 01 76. email:

Table 1. List of autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias
and their mutations. (8,27)

Autosomal dominant   Due to
cerebellar ataxia

SCA1                 The expansion of CAG repeat
                     on chromosome 6p21.3
SCA2                 The expansion of the CAG repeat on chromosome
SCA3                 The expansion of the CAG repeat on chromosome
SCA4                 A mutation on chromosome 16q22.1
SCA5                 A mutation located on chromosome 11 p 12-q12.
                     Ataxia described in the ancestors of
                     U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.
SCA6                 The expansion of the CAG repeat on chromosome
SCA7                 The expansion of CAG trinucleotide
                     on chromosome 3p12-21.1 (Associated with
                     retinal lesions)
SCA8                 The expansion of triplet CTA / CTG
                     on chromosome 13q21
SCA10                The expansion of the pentanucleotide ATTCT
                     on chromosome 22q13
SCA11                A mutation on chromosome 15q 14-21.3
SCA12                The expansion of the CAG repeat on chromosome
SCA13                A mutation on chromosome 19q 13.3-13.4
SCA14                A mutation on chromosome 19q 13.4
SCA15                A mutation on chromosome 3p24.2-3
SCA16                A mutation on chromosome 8q23-24.1
SCA17                The expansion of the CAG repeat
                     on chromosome 6q27
SCA18                A mutation on chromosome 7q22-32
SCA19                A mutation on chromosome 1 p21 -q21
SCA20                A mutation on chromosome 11p13-q11
SCA21                A mutation on chromosome 7p21.3-15.1
SCA22                A mutation on chromosome 1 p21 -q23
SCA23                A mutation on chromosome 20p 13-12.3
SCA25                A mutation on chromosome 2p 15-21
SCA26                A mutation on chromosome 19p 13.3
SCA27                A mutation on chromosome 1 3q34
SCA28                A mutation on chromosome 18p 1 1.22-q11.2
SCA29                A mutation on chromosome 3p26
SCA30                A mutation on chromosome 4q34.3-q35.1
SCA31                A mutation on chromosome 16q22.1
SCA32                A mutation on chromosome 7
SCA33-35             Unknown
SCA36                Mutation on chromosome 20p 13
DRPLA                Atrophy in the connections of the
                     dentate-red-pallido nuclei.


EA1                  The mutation affect voltage-gated potassium
                     channels function (KCNA1)
EA2                  The mutation affect the P/Q (CACNA1) and
                     L-type (CACNB4) calcium channel
EA3                  A mutation on chromosome 1q42
EA4-6                Unknown
EA7                  A mutation on chromosome 19q 13

Table 2. List of autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxias
and their defects. (8,27)

Autosomal recessive              Associated with
cerebellar ataxias

Friedreich's ataxia              GAA triplet expansions STM7
                                 gene on chromosome 9q 13-21

Abetalipoproteinemia or          Defects in the gene for the
Bassen-Kornzweig syndrome        protein of microsomal
                                 triglyceride transfer of
                                 chromosome 2p24

Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay    Defects in the SACS gene,
                                 maps to chromosome 13qll

Ataxia with vitamin              Defects in a gene located
E deficiency                     on chromosome 8q13

Ataxia with oculomotor           A mutation on chromosome 9pl
apraxia type 1                   3 (apraxin)

Ataxia with oculomotor           A mutation on chromosome
apraxia type 2                   9q34 (senataxin)

Ataxia telangiectasia or         Defects in a gene located
Louis-Bar syndrome               on chromosome 11q22-23

Boucher Neuhauser syndrome       Retinopathy and hypogonadism

Marinesco-Sjogren syndrome       Defect in SILI gene for
                                 chaperone protein (HSPA5)

Refsum disease                   Defect in PHYH gene placed
                                 on chromosome I0pter-pll.2

Table 3. List of mitochondrial diseases and X-linked ataxias. (27)

Mitochondrial diseases           Due to

Kearns-Sayre syndrome            Deletions (loss of genetic
                                 material) in the mtDNA
                                 deoxyribonucleic acid)

MERRF syndrome                   Mutations in the mtDNA
(myoclonus epilepsy with
ragged red fibers)

MELAS syndrome                   Mutations in the mtDNA
encephalomypathy, lactic
acidosis with strokelike

NARP syndrome                    Mutations in the mtDNA
(neurophaty, ataxia, and         ATPase gene
retinitis pigmentosa)

X-linked ataxias

FXTAS syndrome                   A mutation in CGG triplet
(Fragile-X tremor ataxia         on the X chromosome

Rett syndrome                    Defect in the MeCP2 gene on
                                 the X chromosome

X-ALD (X-linked                  A mutation in the ABCDI
adrenoleukodystrophy)            gene located on the

Other congenital ataxias
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