Quanzhen Zhao

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OBJECTIVE To investigate possible associations of Parkinson's disease (PD) with polymorphism in depression-related genes and in the alpha-synuclein (SNCA) gene. METHODS A consecutive series of patients with PD were divided into those with depression and those without it. Patients (330) were genotyped at four single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in four(More)
CHCHD2, which encodes a regulator of mitochondrial metabolism, has been linked to Parkinson's disease (PD) in a Japanese population. Since PD and two other neurodegenerative diseases, multiple system atrophy (MSA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction, we wanted to know whether CHCHD2 mutations may be linked(More)
A large meta-analysis recently identified six new loci associated with risk of PD, but subsequent studies have given discrepant results. Here we conducted a case-control study in a Han Chinese population in an attempt to clarify risk associations in Chinese. Among the four single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that we examined - VPS13C-rs2414739,(More)
INTRODUCTION Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson's disease (PD) are neurodegenerative diseases that share common genetic risk factors. A recent genome-wide association study has linked risk of FTD with polymorphisms in the HLA-DRA/HLA-DRB5 gene (rs9268877, rs9268856), BTNL2 gene (rs1980493), and RAB38/CTSC gene(More)
Background. Polymorphisms rs363371 and rs363324 in the vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) gene have been associated with risk of PD in an Italian population, and our aim is to investigate the association between the two single-nucleotide polymorphisms and PD in Han Chinese. Methods. 561 Han Chinese PD patients and 491 healthy age- and gender-matched(More)
Studies have reported conflicting results about possible associations between variants in heme oxygenase (HMOX) genes and risk of Parkinson's disease (PD) in Caucasians, and little is known about these associations in Asians. We genotyped the single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) rs2071746 and rs2071747 in HMOX1 and rs1051308 in HMOX2 in 583 Han Chinese(More)
Both Parkinson's disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA) are neurodegenerative diseases of uncertain etiology, but they show similarities in their pathology and clinical course. The fact that the gene encoding α-synuclein is associated with both diseases also suggests that they share some genetic determinants. Recent studies in Japan associating MSA(More)
Recent studies in Japan have associated multiple system atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disease of uncertain etiology, with polymorphism in the COQ2 gene. This led us to explore whether the same polymorphism is associated with MSA in Han Chinese and more broadly in East Asians. We conducted a case-control study with 82 Han Chinese with probable MSA and(More)
The genetic basis of festination, a common motor symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD), remains unclear. Since polymorphism in the alpha-synuclein (SNCA) gene is associated with PD phenotype, we examined whether such polymorphism is also associated with festination. SNCA polymorphisms rs11931074 and rs894278 were genotyped in a consecutive series of 258(More)