Williams G Johnson

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Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder with a lifetime incidence of approximately 2 percent. A pattern of familial aggregation has been documented for the disorder, and it was recently reported that a PD susceptibility gene in a large Italian kindred is located on the long arm of human chromosome 4. A mutation was identified in the(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's disease, affecting approximately 1 percent of the population over age 50. Recent studies have confirmed significant familial aggregation of PD and a large number of large multicase families have been documented. Genetic markers on chromosome 4q21-q23 were found(More)
The periconceptional use of folic acid-containing supplements reduces the first occurrence, as well as the recurrence, of neural tube defects. Women of populations in which adverse pregnancy outcomes are prevalent often consume diets that contain a low density of vitamins and minerals, including folate. Folate intake may need to be sustained after complete(More)
A mutation in exon 4 of the alpha-synuclein (NACP) gene has been reported to explain the chromosome 4 linkage to autosomal dominant Parkinson's disease. We developed primers and methods for exonic sequencing of this gene and sequenced the entire coding region of the gene in 6 families with autosomal dominant disease and in 2 cases of lytico and bodig from(More)
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) can occur with an autosomal-dominant mode of inheritance. To determine if there are distinguishing features of RLS pedigrees which might clarify molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, five pedigrees with 81 affected members were analyzed for age of onset, sex ratio, and transmission pattern. One-factor analysis of variance of(More)
A pair of female identical twins exhibited slurred speech, nystagmus, and oculogyral spasms starting at age 11. The patients then had episodic rage, extrapyramidal and lower motor neuron abnormalities, and grand mal seizures, but retained largely normal intelligence, until death at age 21. Severe loss of nigral and craniospinal motor neurons was noted(More)
We have detected a disorder in Korat cats (initially imported from Thailand) that is analogous to human Sandhoff's disease. Pedigree analysis indicates that this disease in an autosomal recessive disorder in the American Korat. Postmortem studies on one affected cat showed hepatomegaly that was not reported in the only other known feline model of(More)
BACKGROUND Parkinson's disease (PD) is an adult-onset, neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a selective loss of the dopaminergic cells of the substantia nigra and by progressive motor decline. Studies have shown aberrant oxidative stress metabolism within the substantia nigra and other dopaminergic regions of the brain in patients with PD. (More)
We present a clinicopathological study and the first molecular genetic analysis of a family with 2 siblings affected by a rare, protracted form of juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (JNCL). Molecular genetic studies showed that both siblings, in addition to being heterozygous for the 1.02-kb CLN3 deletion, a common mutation in JNCL, also had a G-to-A(More)