Chiara Reale

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Mutations in PARK2, encoding Parkin, cause an autosomal recessive form of juvenile Parkinson Disease (JPD). The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of PARK2 mutations on mitochondrial function and morphology in human skin fibroblasts. We analyzed cells obtained from four patients clinically characterized by JPD, harboring recessive(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that adult-onset primary dystonia may be the underlying etiology of tremulous patients with clinical diagnosis of Parkinson disease (PD) but without evidence of dopaminergic deficit at nigrostriatal SPECT imaging. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed clinical and imaging data of patients with clinical diagnosis of PD(More)
Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) defines a wide spectrum of clinical entities characterized by iron accumulation in specific regions of the brain, predominantly in the basal ganglia. We evaluated the presence of FA2H and C19orf12 mutations in a cohort of 46 Italian patients with early onset NBIA, which were negative for mutations in the(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in HPCA, a gene implicated in calcium signaling in the striatum, have been recently described in recessive dystonia cases previously grouped under the term "DYT2 dystonia". Positive patients reported so far show focal onset during childhood with subsequent generalization and a slowly progressive course to adulthood. METHODS 73(More)
INTRODUCTION Mutations in GNAL have been associated with adult-onset cranio-cervical dystonia, but a limited number of cases have been reported so far and the clinical spectrum associated with this gene still needs to be fully characterized. METHODS We identified an Italian family with adult-onset, dominantly-inherited dystonia whose members presented(More)
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