Objective: To determine whether the G-to-A substitution at nucleotide 209 (G209A) mutation in the α-synuclein gene is responsible for familial Parkinson disease (PD) in the US population. Design: Polymerase chain reaction-based DNA analysis of consecutive patients with PD and family history of PD. Setting: A university-affiliated movement disorder clinic and a Veterans Affairs clinical research laboratory. Patients: Forty-four patients with PD and family history of PD and 29 patients with sporadic PD, all with no known Greek and/or Italian background. Results: None of the DNA samples showed the G209A mutation. Conclusion: The G209A mutation is rare in US patients with familial PD.
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