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Professor Patrick Chinnery
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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor ( BDNF) stimulates neuronal growth and protects nigral dopamine neurons in animal models of Parkinson disease (PD). Therefore, BDNF is a candidate gene for PD. The authors investigated five single-nucleotide polymorphisms in 597 cases of familial PD. Homozygosity for the rare allele of the functional BDNF G196A (Val66Met) variant was associated with a 5.3-year older onset age (p = 0.0001). These findings suggest that BDNF may influence PD onset age.
Author(s): Karamohamed S, Latourelle JC, Racette BA, Perlmutter JS, Wooten GF, Lew M, Klein C, Shill H, Golbe LI, Mark MH, Guttman M, Nicholson G, Wilk JB, Saint-Hilaire M, DeStefano L, Prakash R, Tobin S, Williamson J, Suchowersky O, Labell N, Growdon BNJ, Singer C, Watts R, Goldwurm S, Pezzoli G, Baker KB, Giroux ML, Pramstaller PP, Burn DJ, Chinnery P, Sherman S, Vieregge P, Litvan I, Gusella JF, Myers RH, Parsian A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
ISSN (print): 0028-3878
ISSN (electronic): 1526-632X
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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