These authors contributed equally to this work.
Association of the glucocerebrosidase N370S allele with Parkinson’s disease in two separate Chinese Han populations of mainland China
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2010
© 2010 The Author(s). European Journal of Neurology © 2010 EFNS
European Journal of Neurology
Volume 17, Issue 12, pages 1476–1478, December 2010
How to Cite
Hu, F.-Y., Xi, J., Guo, J., Yu, L.-H., Liu, L., He, X.-H., Liu, Z.-L., Zou, X.-Y. and Xu, Y.-M. (2010), Association of the glucocerebrosidase N370S allele with Parkinson’s disease in two separate Chinese Han populations of mainland China. European Journal of Neurology, 17: 1476–1478. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-1331.2010.03097.x
- Issue published online: 18 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2010
- Received 2 February 2010 Accepted 9 April 2010
- Parkinson’s disease
Background and purpose: Mutations in the glucocerebrosidase (GBA) gene have been implicated in the development of Parkinson’s disease (PD). However, recent screenings for GBA mutations in PD subjects from different ethnic populations have yielded contradictory results.
Methods: We performed a case–control study to look for a possible association between PD and the GBA N370S allele involving 628 subjects in two separate Chinese Han populations from mainland China. All subjects were successfully genotyped by polymerase chain reaction–restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis.
Results: A total of six patients with PD and two control subjects carried the N370S allele. Although PD cases (1.8%) had an increased frequency of N370S compared to controls (0.7%), the difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.290). However, when PD cases were stratified by age at onset, a higher frequency of N370S in late-onset PD (LOPD) cases (3.2%) compared to controls was observed.
Conclusions: Our results suggest that the N370S allele might be associated with LOPD in Chinese Han population and that this phenomenon should be further examined in a larger study.