A novel KCNA1 mutation identified in an Italian family affected by episodic ataxia type 1

P. Imbrici, F. Gualandi, M. C. D'Adamo, M. Taddei Masieri, P. Cudia, D. De Grandis, R. Mannucci, I. Nicoletti, S. J. Tucker, A. Ferlini, M. Pessia

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Episodic ataxia type 1 (EA1) is a rare human neurological syndrome characterized by continuous myokymia and attacks of generalized ataxia that can be triggered by abrupt movements, emotional stress and fatigue. An Italian family has been identified where related members displayed continuous myokymia, episodes of ataxia, attacks characterized by myokymia only, and neuromyotonia. A novel missense mutation (F414C), in the C-terminal region of the K+ channel Kv1.1, was identified in the affected individuals. The mutant homotetrameric channels were non-functional in Xenopus laevis oocytes. In addition, heteromeric channels resulting from the co-expression of wild-type Kv1.1 and Kv1.1(F414C), or wild-type Kv1.2 and Kv1.1(F414C) subunits displayed reduced current amplitudes and altered gating properties. This indicates that the pathogenic effect of this KCNA1 mutation is likely to be related to the defective functional properties we have identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-587
Number of pages11
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Kv1.1
  • Kv1.2 cerebellum
  • Xenopus oocytes
  • confocal microscopy
  • episodic ataxia
  • ion channel gene defects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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