Researchers have found that a single mutation in a recently discovered Parkinsons disease gene is responsible for 5 percent of inherited Parkinsons disease cases. The finding opens the door to the possibility of genetic screening for the LRRK2 gene mutation, which is believed to be the most common genetic cause of inherited Parkinsons disease identified to date.
The study, conducted by William C. Nichols, PhD, a geneticist at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, is one of three Parkinsons studies published in the Tuesday, January 18 online edition of The Lancet. The study will appear in the January 29 edition of the journal. The second study is by Nicholas W. Wood, MD, of the Institute of Neurology in London. The third study is by Vincenzo Bonifati, MD, PhD, of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Parkinsons disease, a disorder of the nervous system that causes tremors and muscular rigidity, affects more than one million people in the United States and is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder – second only to Alzheimers disease in frequency.
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