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Mov Disord. 2003 Apr;18(4):425-9.

SCA2 may present as levodopa-responsive parkinsonism.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA.


Some kindreds with familial parkinsonism exhibit genetic anticipation, suggesting possible involvement of trinucleotide repeat expansion. Recent reports have shown trinucleotide repeat expansions in the spinocerebellar ataxia 2 (SCA2) gene in patients with levodopa-responsive parkinsonism. We tested 136 unrelated patients with familial parkinsonism for SCA2 mutations. Two probands had borderline mutations; the rest were normal. (<or=31 repeats is normal, 32-35 is borderline, >or=36 is pathogenic). The expanded allele segregated with neurological signs in one kindred. The absence of borderline mutations in the normal population, and the co-segregation of the expanded allele with neurological signs in one kindred suggest that SCA2 mutations may be responsible for a subset of familial parkinsonism.

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