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Examination of the MSX1 gene in patients with Parkinson’s disease

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Deng H, Zhu SH, Le WD, Yang HR, Lv HW, Xu HB, Xie WJ, Jankovic J. Examination of the MSX1 gene in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Acta Neurol Scand 2009: 120: 442–444.

© 2009 The Authors Journal compilation © 2009 Blackwell Munksgaard. Background – 

Several genetic variants in transcription factor genes have been reported to be associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The muscle segment homeobox drosophila homolog of 1 gene (MSX1) is a major upstream regulator of the dopaminergic neuronal subtype specification. Aims of the study – 

To determine whether genetic variation in the coding region of the MSX1 gene plays a role in the etiology of PD. Methods – 

We searched for genetic variations in the coding region of the MSX1 gene in 202 patients with PD and 200 normal controls by PCR-single-strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and sequencing. Results – 

No mutation in the MSX1 gene was identified in our cohort. Conclusions – 

Mutations in the coding region of the MSX1 gene play little or no role in the development of PD.
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Keywords: Parkinson’s disease; coding region; muscle segment homeobox drosophila homolog of 1 gene; mutation; transcription factor

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA 2: Center for Experimental Medicine, the Third Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, China

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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