Identification and haplotype analysis of LRRK2 G2019S in Japanese patients with Parkinson disease

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LRRK2 G2019S is the most common known cause of Parkinson disease (PD) in patients of European origin, but little is known about its distribution in other populations. The authors identified two of 586 Japanese patients with PD heterozygous for the mutation who shared a haplotype distinct from that observed in Europeans. This suggests that G2019S originated from separate founders in Europe and Japan and is more widely dispersed than previously recognized.

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