Elizabeth A Graham

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Mutations in the parkin gene, PARK2, are a common cause of parkinsonism in familial as well as isolated cases with an age of onset <40 years and should be considered in the diagnostic work up of young-onset parkinsonism. We report a detailed clinical evaluation of a personal series of 24 patients with mutations in the parkin gene. The clinical presentation(More)
The Parkin gene on 6q25.2-27 is responsible for about 50% of autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism and less than 20% of sporadic early-onset cases. We recently mapped a novel locus for early-onset parkinsonism (PARK6) on chromosome 1p35-p36 in a large family from Sicily. We now confirm linkage to PARK6 in eight additional families with Parkin-negative(More)
To investigate striatal and cortical pre- and postsynaptic dopaminergic function in parkin-linked parkinsonism, 13 unrelated patients homozygous or compound heterozygous for parkin mutations were studied with [(18)F]dopa and [(11)C]raclopride (RAC) PET. Data were compared with a young-onset Parkinson's disease (YOPD) cohort, matched for age, disease(More)
We report on a large Brazilian kindred with young-onset parkinsonism due to either a homozygous or heterozygous mutation in parkin. A total of 6 members were affected: 5 were homozygous and 1 heterozygous for a deletion in exon 4. Two other heterozygotes also had extrapyramidal signs. All affected subjects showed characteristic features of parkin disease(More)
Mutations of the tau gene in frontotemporal dementia with parkinsonism and genetic association of the tau locus with progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal degeneration directly implicate the tau gene in the aetiology of these tauopathies. Three studies have also shown an association of the tau locus with clinically diagnosed Parkinson's disease.(More)
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