Adult-onset autosomal dominant leukodystrophy without early autonomic dysfunctions linked to lamin B1 duplication: A phenotypic variant

Ana Potic, Aleksandra M. Pavlovic, Graziella Uziel, Dusko Kozic, Jelena Ostojic, Attilio Rovelli, Nadezda Sternic, Mladen Bjelan, Elisa Sarto, Daniela Di Bella, Franco Taroni

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The early presentation of autonomic dysfunctions at the disease onset has been considered the mandatory clinical feature in adult-onset autosomal dominant leukodystrophy, which is a rarely recognised leukodystrophy caused by duplication of the lamin B1 gene. We report the first family with adult-onset autosomal dominant leukodystrophy and lamin B1 duplication, without the distinguishing early-appearing autonomic dysfunctions. Subjects from three consecutive generations of a multi-generational Serbian family affected by adult-onset autosomal dominant leukodystrophy underwent clinical, biochemical, neurophysiological, neuroradiological, and genetic studies. The patients atypically exhibited late autonomic dysfunctions commencing at the disease end-stages in some. Genetic findings of lamin B1 duplication verified adult-onset autosomal dominant leukodystrophy, which was supported also by neuroimaging studies. Exclusively, proton magnetic spectroscopy of the brain revealed a possibility of neuro-axonal damage in the white matter lesions, while magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal cord excluded spinal myelin affection as a required finding in this leukodystrophy. The detection of lamin B1 duplication, even when autonomic dysfunctions do not precede the other symptoms of the disease, proves for the first time that lamin B1-duplicated adult-onset autosomal dominant leukodystrophy may have a phenotypic variant with delayed autonomic dysfunctions. Prior to this report, such a phenotype had been speculated to represent an entity different from lamin B1-duplicated leukodystrophy. Hereby we confirm the underlying role of lamin B1 duplication, regardless of the autonomic malfunction onset in this disorder. It is the only report on adult-onset autosomal dominant leukodystrophy from Southeastern Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2124-2129
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neurology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Adult-onset autosomal dominant leukodystrophy
  • Autonomic nervous system dysfunctions
  • Lamin B1
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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