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Nat Genet. 1993 Jul;4(3):295-9.

Chromosomal assignment of the second locus for autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia (SCA2) to chromosome 12q23-24.1.

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Department of Neurology, University Hospital, Duesseldorf, Germany.


The autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias (ADCA) are a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by onset with gait ataxia, dysarthria, dysmetria and dysdiadochokinesia. We have demonstrated previously genetic heterogeneity within these disorders by excluding the disease locus from the documented spinocerebellar ataxia locus (SCA1) on chromosome 6p in a large Cuban founder population. We now report the assignment of a second locus for ADCA (SCA2) to chromosome 12q23-24.1 following linkage analyses carried out for the Cuban pedigrees, with probable flanking markers D12S58 and phospholipase A2. Investigation of linkage to the interval containing SCA2 for seven French ADCA families, previously excluded from linkage to SCA1, provides preliminary data suggesting the existence of a third ADCA locus (SCA3).

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