September 2, 2009

Mayo researchers link gene to Parkinson’s

By Kelley Luckstein

Mayo Clinic Florida said Tuesday that its Jacksonville researchers have discovered a gene that produces tremor development in some patients and Parkinson’s disease in others.


Researchers report in the September issue of Parkinsonism Related Disorders that a variant in the LING01 gene is the first evidence of a common genetic component in the development of both disorders, long thought to be related…


“Although essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease are considered to be different diseases, researchers have been arguing for a long time about whether essential tremor is a milder, preliminary form of Parkinson’s disease, and they have been looking for the genetic connection between these disorders,” said Dr. Carles Vilariño-Güell, the study’s lead investigator at Mayo Clinic Florida.


Jacksonville Business Journal, 09/01/09

Tags: Neurology, Neurology, Parkinson's

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