PINK1 homozygous W437X mutation in a patient with apparent dominant transmission of parkinsonism



We analyzed the PINK1 gene in 58 patients with early-onset Parkinsonism and detected the homozygous mutation W437X in 1 patient. The clinical phenotype was characterized by early onset (22 years of age), good response to levodopa, early fluctuations and dyskinesias, and psychiatric symptoms. The mother, heterozygote for W437X mutation, was affected by Parkinson's disease and 3 further relatives were reported affected, according to an autosomal dominant transmission. © 2006 Movement Disorder Society