Are human Ferlins associated with genetic diseases?
A deficiency of the Dysferlin protein causes the autosomal recessive disorders LGMD2B, and Miyoshi Myopathy. A lack of Otoferlin, which is normally expressed in the inner ear and brain, causes a recessive form of deafness, DFNB9. No human diseases have been associated with Myoferlin yet, although a mouse model lacking Myoferlin shows a myopathy and has very small muscles. The other three Ferlins, Fer1L4, Fer1L5, and Fer1L6, have not been associated with any diseases in humans or animals.