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BioMed Research International
Volume 2018, Article ID 3710814, 10 pages
Research Article

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in the Muscle Tissue of Patients with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 2I Harboring the Founder Mutation c.545A>G in the FKRP Gene

1Department of Neurology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing 100034, China
2Department of Radiology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing 100034, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Yun Yuan; moc.621@2002nuynauy

Received 8 October 2017; Revised 9 April 2018; Accepted 29 April 2018; Published 29 May 2018

Academic Editor: Alfredo Conti

Copyright © 2018 Zhiying Xie et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2I (LGMD2I) is an autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy that is rare in Asia and is caused by mutations in the fukutin-related protein gene (FKRP). The aim of this study was to determine if there are any characteristic features of muscle on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with LGMD2I harboring the founder mutation c.545A>G in FKRP. Using MRI, we delineated changes in the thigh muscles of ten patients with genetically confirmed LGMD2I. The majority of muscle biopsy specimens showed reduced glycosylation of α-dystroglycan, decreased expression of laminin α2, and a dystrophic pattern. In our cohort, the muscles with the most severe fatty infiltration were adductor magnus and vastus intermedius, whereas the rectus femoris, sartorius, and gracilis muscles were relatively spared. In seven patients, we identified a concentric fatty infiltration pattern that was most pronounced in the vastus intermedius and vastus medialis muscles around the distal femoral diaphysis. In this disease, the initial fatty infiltration of the posterior thigh muscles gradually progresses anteriorly regardless of the founder mutation in FKRP. Muscle tissue in patients with LGMD2I who have the founder mutation c.545A>G in FKRP shows a distinctive concentric pattern of fatty infiltration and edema on MRI.