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See detailAnalysis of the parkin deletion in sporadic and familial Parkinson's disease. Short communication.
Krüger, Rejko UL; Vieira-Sacker, A. M.; Kuhn, W. et al

in Journal of neural transmission (Vienna, Austria : 1996) (1999), 106(2), 159-63

Recently a mutation in the parking gene has been identified as the cause for an autosomal-recessively inherited form of early onset Parkinson's disease (EOPD). The disease causing minimal deletion has ... [more ▼]

Recently a mutation in the parking gene has been identified as the cause for an autosomal-recessively inherited form of early onset Parkinson's disease (EOPD). The disease causing minimal deletion has been defined as a homozygous exon 4 loss in the parkin gene among Japanese patients. We investigated 140 sporadic and familial EOPD patients of German ancestry for the exon 4 deletion in the parkin gene. None of our patients exhibited a homozygous deletion of exon 4, suggesting a minor role of this mutation for EOPD in Caucasians. Nevertheless a detailed mutation analysis is warranted to explore the overall significance of mutations in the parkin gene in EOPD. [less ▲]

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See detailThe alpha1-antichymotrypsin A-allele in German Parkinson disease patients.
Grasbon-Frodl, E. M.; Egensperger, R.; Kosel, S. et al

in Journal of neural transmission (Vienna, Austria : 1996) (1999), 106(7-8), 729-36

An increased frequency of the A-allele of the alpha-antichymotrypsin (ACT) gene has been recently described in Japanese patients suffering from Parkinson disease (PD). In the present study, we have ... [more ▼]

An increased frequency of the A-allele of the alpha-antichymotrypsin (ACT) gene has been recently described in Japanese patients suffering from Parkinson disease (PD). In the present study, we have analyzed 62 German PD patients with regard to their ACT and APOE genotypes and compared them to 53 controls without clinical or pathological evidence of neurodegenerative disease. The A-allele frequency was 47% in PD patients compared to 54% in control cases excluding ACT as a major susceptibility factor for PD in the Caucasian population. Yet, ACT-A allele frequencies were significantly different (p < 0.001) between Japanese and German controls. Therefore, although our data do not suggest that the alpha1-ACT polymorphism is a significant risk factor for the development of PD, a consideration of differences in genetic background seems warranted when evaluating susceptibility factors for neurodegenerative disease. [less ▲]

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See detailSpinocerebellar ataxia type 6: genotype and phenotype in German kindreds.
Schols, L.; Krüger, Rejko UL; Amoiridis, G. et al

in Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry (1998), 64(1), 67-73

OBJECTIVE: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) is an autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia (ADCA) of which the mutation causing the disease has recently been characterised as an expanded CAG trinucleotide ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) is an autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia (ADCA) of which the mutation causing the disease has recently been characterised as an expanded CAG trinucleotide repeat in the gene coding for the alpha1A-subunit of the voltage dependent calcium channel. The aim was to further characterise the SCA6 phenotype METHODS: The SCA6 mutation was investigated in 69 German families with ADCA and 61 patients with idiopathic sporadic cerebellar ataxia and the CAG repeat length of the expanded allele was correlated with the disease phenotype. RESULTS: Expanded alleles were found in nine of 69 families as well as in four patients with sporadic disease. Disease onset ranged from 30 to 71 years of age and was significantly later than in other forms of ADCA. Age at onset correlated inversely with repeat length. The SCA6 phenotype comprises predominantly cerebellar signs in concordance with isolated cerebellar atrophy on MRI. Non-cerebellar systems were only mildly affected with external ophthalmoplegia, spasticity, peripheral neuropathy, and parkinsonism. Neither these clinical signs nor progression rate correlated with CAG repeat length. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides the first detailed characterisation of the SCA6 phenotype. Clinical features apart from cerebellar signs were highly variable in patients with SCA6. By comparison with SCA1, SCA2, and SCA3 no clinical or electrophysiological finding was specific for SCA6. Therefore, the molecular defect cannot be predicted from clinical investigations. In Germany, SCA6 accounts for about 13% of families with ADCA. However, up to 30% of SCA6 kindreds may be misdiagnosed clinically as sporadic disease due to late manifestation in apparently healthy parents. Genetic testing is therefore recommended for the SCA6 mutation also in patients with putative sporadic ataxia. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic dissection of familial Parkinson's disease.
Riess, O.; Jakes, R.; Krüger, Rejko UL

in Molecular medicine today (1998), 4(10), 438-44

In the past few years, the genetic contribution to Parkinson's disease (PD) has gained major attention and has resulted in the identification of the first mutant gene, called alpha-synuclein, involved in ... [more ▼]

In the past few years, the genetic contribution to Parkinson's disease (PD) has gained major attention and has resulted in the identification of the first mutant gene, called alpha-synuclein, involved in the pathogenesis of autosomal-dominant PD. alpha-Synuclein is a major component of Lewy bodies, which are a neuropathological feature of PD. Furthermore, deletions in the parkin gene have been identified as the primary cause in rare forms of autosomal-recessive juvenile PD. The elucidation of polygenic changes in the dopamine pathway, mitochondrial dysfunction, and metabolism of xenobiotics is now technically possible by means of association and genotype studies. The increasing knowledge of the pathogenesis of PD at a molecular level will have important implications for the development of individual therapeutic strategies to prevent disease progression. [less ▲]

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See detailAla30Pro mutation in the gene encoding alpha-synuclein in Parkinson's disease.
Krüger, Rejko UL; Kuhn, W.; Muller, T. et al

in Nature genetics (1998), 18(2), 106-8

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