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Lancet Neurol. 2003 Apr;2(4):221-8.

Genes and parkinsonism.

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Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.

Abstract

Genetic studies in families with mendelian inheritance of Parkinson's disease (PD) have reported the cloning of several disease-associated genes. These studies of rare familial forms of the disease have cast doubt on our understanding of the role of genetics in typical PD and have complicated the classification of the disorder. However, this genetic information might help us to construct a hypothesis for the pathogenetic processes that underlie PD. In this review we describe the molecular genetics of PD as currently understood to help explain the pathways that underlie neurodegeneration.

PMID:
12849210
DOI:
10.1016/s1474-4422(03)00350-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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