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Familial idiopathic basal ganglia calcification (IBGC) or Fahr's disease is a rare neurodegenerative disorder characterized by calcium deposits in the basal ganglia and other brain regions, which is associated with neuropsychiatric and motor symptoms. Familial IBGC is genetically heterogeneous and typically transmitted in an autosomal dominant fashion. We(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. To date, more than 200 mutations in three genes have been identified as cause of early-onset autosomal dominant inherited AD. The aim of this study was to characterize the mutation spectrum and describe genotype-phenotype correlations in Serbian patients with positive family history of AD or/and(More)
Primary dystonia (PrD) is characterized by sustained muscle contractions, causing twisting and repetitive movements and abnormal postures. Besides DYT1/TOR1A gene, DYT6/THAP1 gene is the second gene known to cause primary pure dystonia. We screened 281 Serbian primary dystonia patients and 106 neurologically healthy control individuals for the GAG deletion(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) modulates neuroplasticity. A functional polymorphism [Val66Met (G196A)] in BDNF has been reported to modify cortical plasticity in humans. Physiologic investigations have revealed that dystonia might be a consequence of the pathologic plasticity of the sensorimotor cortex. We aimed to investigate the role of the(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in LRRK2 (leucine-rich repeat kinase 2) are the most common cause of autosomal dominant Parkinson's disease (PD). Large international studies have revealed that pathogenic mutations are clustered in several exons coding for functional domains of LRRK2 protein, but the mutation frequency differs among populations. Systematic study of(More)
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