Clinical, 18F-dopa PET, and genetic analysis of an ethnic Chinese kindred with early-onset parkinsonism and parkin gene mutations.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We report on clinical (18)F-labeled 6-fluorodopa ((18)F-dopa) positron emission tomography (PET) and molecular genetic analyses of an ethnic Chinese family in which three siblings presented with early-onset Parkinson's disease. As described in some parkin patients, neither sleep benefit nor diurnal fluctuation was noted. Interestingly, depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders were manifest. The (18)F-dopa PET scans showed bilateral presynaptic dopaminergic dysfunction without marked lateralization. Molecular genetic analysis showed identical chromosome 6 haplotypes inherited by affected subjects, with alternate allelic deletions of parkin exons 3 and 4. Furthermore, mRNA analyses identified aberrantly spliced parkin transcripts, suggesting that unusual parkin protein isoforms may be expressed in the brain and retain some function.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wu, R-M; Shan, D-E; Sun, C-M; Liu, R-S; Hwu, W-L; Tai, C-H; Hussey, J; West, A; Gwinn-Hardy, K; Hardy, J; Chen, J; Farrer, M; Lincoln, S

Published Date

  • July 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 670 - 675

PubMed ID

  • 12210855

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-3185

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/mds.10184


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States