Genetics of Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism

Michael Douglas, Alistair Lewthwaite, David Nicholl

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The past 10 years has seen a shift in our etiological concepts of Parkinson's disease, moving from a nearly exclusively environmentally mediated disease towards a complex disorder with important genetic contributors. The identification of responsible mutations in certain genes, particularly alpha-synuclein, Parkin, PINK1, DJ-1 and LRRK2, has increased our understanding of the clinical and pathological changes underlying Parkinson's disease, with implications for patient diagnosis, management and future research. This review will outline the specific genetic advances, discuss their implications for clinical practice and hint at future directions for research into this common and disabling disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-666
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2007


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