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Genet Med. 2013 Aug;15(8):639-42. doi: 10.1038/gim.2013.12. Epub 2013 Mar 14.

High apolipoprotein E4 allele frequency in FXTAS patients.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain.



Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome is a late-onset neurodegenerative disorder that occurs in FMR1 premutation carriers. It is well known that the apolipoprotein E ε4 allele is a risk factor for neurodegenerative disease. The main goal of this work was to evaluate the apolipoprotein E genotypes and allelic distribution among patients with fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome.


A total of 44 unrelated FMR1 premutation carriers (22 presenting with fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome and 22 without fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome) were genotyped.


All the apolipoprotein E ε4/4 genotype carriers detected (100%), and six of the seven apolipoprotein E ε4/3 genotype carriers (85.7%) are patients presenting with fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome symptoms, whereas only 40% of the apolipoprotein E ε3/3 genotype carriers belong to the fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome group. The results showed that the presence of the apolipoprotein E ε4 allele increases the risk of developing fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (odds ratio = 12.041; P = 0.034).


On the basis of these results, we conclude that the presence of at least one apolipoprotein E ε4 allele might act as a genetic factor predisposing individuals to develop fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome.

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