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Neuron. 2001 Sep 27;31(6):885-8.

Parkin and the molecular pathways of Parkinson's disease.

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  • 1Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by the selective demise of specific neuronal populations leading to impairment of motor functions. Recent genetic studies have uncovered several genes involved in inherited forms of the disease. These gene products are implicated in the biochemical pathways underlying the etiology of sporadic PD. Mutations in the parkin gene causal of autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism highlight that ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis may play an important role in the pathobiology of PD.

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