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Neuroreport. 2007 Aug 6;18(12):1267-9.

No association of spastic paraparesis genes in PSEN1 Alzheimer's disease with spastic paraparesis.

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  • 1Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia.


Familial Alzheimer's disease due to presenilin 1 (PSEN1) mutations shows considerable phenotypic variability with differences in neuropathology and neurological symptoms. Spastic paraparesis is a common neurological phenotype associated with Alzheimer's disease arising from PSEN1 mutations. To investigate whether known genes that cause spastic paraparesis could act as Alzheimer's disease-modifier genes, we sequenced nine spastic paraparesis genes in three Alzheimer's disease families with PSEN1 exon 9 deletions. We did not observe any correlation of polymorphisms or mutations in the nine spastic paraparesis genes with the variable phenotype seen in families with Alzheimer's disease and spastic paraparesis. These results suggest a need for a continuing search for genes that cause the phenotypic variation in Alzheimer's disease and spastic paraparesis.

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