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Emery Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD) is a hereditary muscular disorder, characterized by contractures, progressive muscular wasting and cardiac involvement. The majority of EDMD patients harbor mutations in the lamin A/C (LMNA) and emerin (STA) genes. Emerging data implicate mutations in FHL1 (four and a half LIM protein 1) gene, located in chromosome Xq26, in EDMD pathogenesis. FHL1 is mainly expressed in striated and cardiac muscle, and plays an important role in sarcomeric protein synthesis, maintenance of cellular integrity, intracellular signaling and genetic transcription pathways. We report the identification of a novel nonsense mutation in FHL1 gene, associated with left ventricular hypertrophy and a family history of stroke and sudden cardiac death. The management implications of this diagnosis are also discussed. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.


Thomas D Gossios, Luis R Lopes, Perry M Elliott. Left ventricular hypertrophy caused by a novel nonsense mutation in FHL1. European journal of medical genetics. 2013 May;56(5):251-5

PMID: 23500067

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