A compound heterozygous mutation in HADHB gene causes an axonal Charcot-Marie-tooth disease

Young B. Hong, Ja H. Lee, Jin Mo Park, Yu Ri Choi, Young S. Hyun, Bo R. Yoon, Jeong H. Yoo, Heasoo Koo, Sung Chul Jung, Ki W. Chung, Byung Ok Choi

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Background: Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is a heterogeneous disorder of the peripheral nervous system. So far, mutations in hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase/3-ketoacyl-CoA thiolase/enoyl-CoA hydratase (trifunctional protein), beta subunit (HADHB) gene exhibit three distinctive phenotypes: severe neonatal presentation with cardiomyopathy, hepatic form with recurrent hypoketotic hypoglycemia, and later-onset axonal sensory neuropathy with episodic myoglobinuria. Methods: To identify the causative and characterize clinical features of a Korean family with motor and sensory neuropathies, whole exome study (WES), histopathologic study of distal sural nerve, and lower limb MRIs were performed. Results: WES revealed that a compound heterozygous mutation in HADHB is the causative of the present patients. The patients exhibited an early-onset axonal sensorimotor neuropathy without episodic myoglobinuria, and showed typical clinical and electrophysiological features of CMT including predominant distal muscle weakness and atrophy. Histopathologic findings of sural nerve were compatible with an axonal CMT neuropathy. Furthermore, they didn't exhibit any other symptoms of the previously reported HADHB patients.Conclusions: These data implicate that mutation in HADHB gene can also cause early-onset axonal CMT instead of typical manifestations in mitochondrial trifunctional protein (MTP) deficiency. Therefore, this study is the first report of a new subtype of autosomal recessive axonal CMT by a compound heterozygous mutation in HADHB, and will expand the clinical and genetic spectrum of HADHB.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125
JournalBMC Medical Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2013

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Korean Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (A120182).


  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT)
  • Mitochondrial trifunctional protein (MTP)
  • Whole exome sequencing (WES)


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