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Neurology. 2004 Nov 23;63(10):1936-8.

A novel candidate region for ALS on chromosome 14q11.2.

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Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.


Sequence variations with biologic effect in ALS have been identified in the gene for vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). The gene for a related protein, angiogenin, lies on chromosome 14q11.2. Analysis of the angiogenin (ANG) gene in the authors' population has demonstrated a significant allelic association with the rs11701 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and identified a novel mutation in two individuals with sporadic ALS that potentially inhibits angiogenin function. These observations propose a candidate region for ALS on chromosome 14q11.2 and suggest that other genes with similar function to VEGF may be important in the pathogenesis of ALS.

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