Does parkin play a role in the peripheral nervous system? A family report



Two genes were identified for autosomal recessive forms of early onset Parkinson's disease: parkin and DJ-1. We describe 2 siblings with EOPD due to parkin mutations and peripheral neuropathy, which presented as neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies (HNPP) in the index case. RT-PCR experiments revealed that the parkin gene is expressed in sural nerves from both controls and patient with parkin-related disease. Our findings support the view that parkin may play a role in the peripheral nervous system. © 2004 Movement Disorder Society