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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1998 Aug 28;249(3):754-8.

Point mutations (Thr240Arg and Gln311Stop) [correction of Thr240Arg and Ala311Stop] in the Parkin gene.

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Department of Neurology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.

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  • Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1998 Oct 20;251(2):666.


Autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism (AR-JP) is a distinct clinical and genetic entity characterized by selective degeneration of nigral neurons. Recently, the parkin gene responsible for AR-JP has been identified. To date, we found two different deletional mutations including single and multiple exonic deletions. In the present study, we identified two types of point mutations (Thr240Arg and Gln311Stop) involving exons 6 and 8 in the parkin gene of the AR-JP patients from two Turkish families. This is the first report on point mutations for the parkin gene. Furthermore, the Thr240Arg mutation was located on a consensus sequence for the site of phosphorylation by casein kinase II. Identification of its mutation provides an important clue as to the role of the Parkin protein in degeneration of the substantia nigra in the brain of AR-JP patients.

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