PARK6 is a common cause of familial parkinsonism

Anna Rita Bentivoglio, Alberto Albanese, Valente Em, F Brancati, V Caputo, Graham Ea, Davis Mb, A Ferraris, Breteler Mm, T Gasser, V Bonifati, Michele G De, A Dürr, P Cortelli, A Filla, G Meco, Ooastra Ba, A Brice, B Dallapiccola, Wood Nw

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The Parkin gene is responsible for about 50% of autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism (ARJP) and less than 20% of sporadic early onset cases. We recently mapped a novel ARJP locus (PARK6) on chromosome 1p. Linkage to PARK6 was confirmed in 8 families from 4 different European countries. These families share some clinical features with the European Parkin-positive cases, with a wide range of ages at onset and slow progression. However, features typical of ARJP, such as dystonia and sleep benefit, were not observed, making the clinical presentation of late-onset cases indistinguishable from that of idiopathic PD. The determination of the smallest region of homozygosity in one consanguineous family allowed reducing the candidate interval to 9 cM. PARK6 appears to be an important locus for ARJP in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-118
Number of pages2
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume23 Suppl 2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Europe
  • Genetic Linkage
  • Genotype
  • Ligases
  • Parkinsonian Disorders
  • Pedigree
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases


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