To identify the genetic defect causing a distal calf myopathy with cores.
Families with a genetically undetermined calf-predominant myopathy underwent detailed clinical evaluation, including EMG/nerve conduction studies, muscle biopsy, laboratory investigations, and muscle MRI. Next-generation sequencing and targeted Sanger sequencing were used to identify the causative genetic defect in each family.
A novel deletion-insertion mutation in ryanodine receptor 1 (RYR1) was found in the proband of the index family and segregated with the disease in 6 affected relatives. Subsequently, we found 2 more families with a similar calf-predominant myopathy segregating with unique RYR1-mutated alleles. All patients showed a very slowly progressive myopathy without episodes of malignant hyperthermia or rhabdomyolysis. Muscle biopsy showed cores or core-like changes in all families.
Our findings expand the spectrum of RYR1-related disorders to include a calf-predominant myopathy with core pathology and autosomal dominant inheritance. Two families had unique and previously unreported RYR1 mutations, while affected persons in the third family carried 2 previously known mutations in the same dominant allele.