Gregorz Opala

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BACKGROUND Huntington's disease (HD) is a rare triplet repeat (CAG) disorder. Advanced, multi-centre, multi-national research frameworks are needed to study simultaneously multiple complementary aspects of HD. This includes the natural history of HD, its management and the collection of clinical information and biosamples for research. METHODS We report(More)
Postural instability is one of the most disabling features of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD). In this study, we focused on postural instability as the main factor predisposing parkinsonians to falls. For this purpose, changes in sway characteristics during quiet stance due to visual feedback exclusion were studied. We searched for postural sway(More)
Several candidate modifier genes which, in addition to the pathogenic CAG repeat expansion, influence the age at onset (AO) in Huntington disease (HD) have already been described. The aim of this study was to replicate association of variations in the N-methyl D-aspartate receptor subtype genes GRIN2A and GRIN2B in the "REGISTRY" cohort from the European(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE   Mutations of the LRRK2 gene are now recognized as major risk factors for Parkinson's disease. The Lrrk2 protein is a member of the ROCO family, which also includes Lrrk1 and Dapk1. Functional genetic variants of the DAPK1 gene (rs4877365 and rs4878104) have been previously associated with Alzheimer's disease. METHODS   Herein, we(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A single nucleotide polymorphism in the 3'-untranslated region of the progranulin gene (GRN; 3'UTR+78C>T; rs5848) was reported to alter the risk for frontotemporal lobar degeneration with ubiquitin-positive inclusions (FTLD-U). rs5848 is located within a micro-RNA binding site and affects the expression of GRN. METHODS As FTLD-U(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Calcium levels have been proposed to play an important role in the selective vulnerability of nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's disease (PD). Recently, an association was reported between the calcium buffer, calbindin (rs1805874) and risk of PD in a Japanese patient-control series. METHODS We genotyped rs1805874 in(More)
OBJECTIVES Intravenous thrombolysis was conditionally approved in the European Union (EU) in 2002, under the requirement of entering all patients into Safe Implementation of Thrombolysis in Stroke - Monitoring Study (SITS-MOST). Countries not belonging to the EU by 2002, i.e. Poland were invited to enter data into the SITS International Stroke Thrombolysis(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, a novel mutation in exon 24 of DNAJC13 gene (p.Asn855Ser, rs387907571) has been reported to cause autosomal dominant Parkinson's disease (PD) in a multi-incident Mennonite family. METHODS In the present study the mutation containing exon of the DNAJC13 gene has been sequenced in a Caucasian series consisting of 1938 patients with(More)
S-adenosyl L-methionine (SAMe) is the natural, universal methyl group donor, participating in transmethylation reactions, known and commonly used as a dietary supplement since 1952. It plays an important role in the synthesis of neuromediators and melatonin and mechanisms of epigenetic regulation. The aim of this article is to review the literature about(More)