Mutations in the DJ-1 gene associated with autosomal recessive early-onset parkinsonism

Vincenzo Bonifati, Patrizia Rizzu, Marijke J. Van Baren, Onno Schaap, Guido J. Breedveld, Elmar Krieger, Marieke C J Dekker, Ferdinando Squitieri, Pablo Ibanez, Marijke Joosse, Jeroen W. Van Dongen, Nicola Vanacore, John C. Van Swieten, Alexis Brice, Giuseppe Meco, Cornelia M. Van Duijn, Ben A. Oostra, Peter Heutink

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The DJ-1 gene encodes a ubiquitous, highly conserved protein. Here, we show that DJ-1 mutations are associated with PARK7, a monogenic form of human parkinsonism. The function of the DJ-1 protein remains unknown, but evidence suggests its involvement in the oxidative stress response. Our findings indicate that loss of DJ-1 function leads to neurodegeneration. Elucidating the physiological role of DJ-1 protein may promote understanding of the mechanisms of brain neuronal maintenance and pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-259
Number of pages4
Issue number5604
Publication statusPublished - Jan 10 2003

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