• Parkinson's disease;
  • early-onset;
  • PINK1


Data on the frequency of PINK1 mutations in Brazilian patients with early-onset Parkinson's disease (EOPD) are lacking. The aim of this report was to investigate mutations of the PINK1 gene in a cohort of Brazilian patients with EOPD. Sixty consecutive familial or sporadic EOPD patients were included. All eight PINK1 exons and exon-intron boundaries were analyzed. We did not find any pathogenic mutation of PINK1 in our cohort. Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP) were identified in 46.7% of the patients and in 45.9% of controls (P = 0.9). The SNPs identified in our patients had already been described in previous reports. The results of our study support the hypothesis that mutations in PINK1 may not be a relevant cause of EOPD. In Brazil, if we consider only EOPD patients, it seems that parkin and LRRK2 mutations are more common. © 2009 Movement Disorder Society