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Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2003 Aug;9(6):317-20.

Mutation at the SCA17 locus is not a common cause of parkinsonism.

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Molecular Genetics Section, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.


Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) 17 is a dominant, progressive, neurodegenerative disorder. The disease is caused by a triplet repeat expansion mutation within TATA-binding protein (TBP). Ataxia, dementia, parkinsonism and dystonia are common features. We have previously shown in several pedigrees that SCA-2 and SCA-3 can cause both parkinsonism and typical Parkinson's disease in the absence of prominent ataxia; a finding which has been confirmed by others. Given these previous findings and the description of parkinsonism as a common feature of SCA-17 we examined this locus in a series of probands from families with 2 or more members affected with parkinsonism (n=51) and a group of sporadic parkinsonism patients (n=59). We did not find any repeat sizes in the pathogenic range. The repeats we observed ranged from 29 to 41 (mean 36.8; median 37). We conclude that SCA-17 repeat expansion mutations are not a common cause of familial parkinsonism.

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