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PubMed 15623702


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Automatically associated channels: ClvC1 , ClvC4



Title: Truncated ClC-1 mRNA in myotonic dystrophy exerts a dominant-negative effect on the Cl current.

Authors: Jim Berg, Hong Jiang, Charles A Thornton, Stephen C Cannon

Journal, date & volume: Neurology, 2004 Dec 28 , 63, 2371-5

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15623702


Abstract
Muscle fiber degeneration and myotonic discharges are the hallmarks of myotonic dystrophy (DM). The molecular basis for the myotonia was recently tied to abnormal splicing of the chloride channel (ClC-1) pre-mRNA, often resulting in UAG premature termination, which leads to decreased channel protein and therefore a reduced resting chloride conductance.The authors assessed the functional properties of two commonly occurring DM mRNA splice variants by expression in oocytes.Neither splice variant coded for a functional Cl- channel. Co-injection of alternative splice variants with wild-type ClC-1 cRNA reduced the current density and accelerated channel closure upon repolarization of the membrane.These data show that the aberrantly spliced chloride channel message exerts a dominant negative effect that may contribute to the development of myotonia.