Results from a 3-year Non-interventional, Observational Disease Monitoring Program in Adults with GNE Myopathy Journal Articles uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: GNE myopathy is a rare, autosomal recessive, muscle disease caused by mutations in GNE and is characterized by rimmed vacuoles on muscle biopsy and progressive distal to proximal muscle weakness. OBJECTIVE: Investigate the clinical presentation and progression of GNE myopathy. METHODS: The GNE Myopathy Disease Monitoring Program was an international, prospective, observational study in subjects with GNE myopathy. Muscle strength was assessed with hand-held dynamometry (HHD), with upper extremity (UE) and lower extremity (LE) composite scores reflecting upper and lower extremity muscle groups, respectively. The GNE myopathy–Functional Activity Scale (GNEM-FAS) was used to further assess impairment in mobility, upper extremity function, and self-care. RESULTS: Eighty-seven of 101 enrolled subjects completed the trial until study closure by the sponsor; 60 completed 36 months. Mean (SD) HHD UE composite score decreased from 34.3 kg (32.0) at baseline to 29.4 kg (32.6) kg at month 36 (LS mean change [95%CI]: –3.8 kg [–5.9, –1.7]; P = 0.0005). Mean (SD) HHD LE composite score decreased from 32.0 kg (34.1) at baseline to 25.5 kg (31.2) at month 36 (LS mean change [95%CI]: –4.9 [–7.7, –2.2]; P = 0.0005). GNEM-FAS scores were more severe at baseline in subjects who walked <200 meters versus ≥200 meters in 6 minutes; in both groups, GNEM-FAS total, mobility, UE, and self-care scores decreased from baseline through month 36. CONCLUSIONS: These findings demonstrate progressive decline in muscle strength in GNE myopathy and provide insight into the appropriate tools to detect clinically meaningful changes in future GNE myopathy interventional trials.


  • Lochmüller, Hanns
  • Behin, Anthony
  • Tournev, Ivailo
  • Tarnopolsky, Mark
  • Horváth, Rita
  • Pogoryelova, Oksana
  • Shah, Jinay
  • Koutsoukos, Tony
  • Skrinar, Alison
  • Kakkis, Emil
  • Bedrosian, Camille L
  • Mozaffar, Tahseen

publication date

  • March 2, 2021