Background: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, and the most common neurodegenerative form of parkinsonism. Recently, a pathogenic mutation (p.N855S) in DNAJC13 was linked to autosomal dominant Lewy body PD in a Dutch-German-Russian Mennonite multi-incident kindred, and was found in five additional patients. In this study, we performed a comprehensive screening of the DNAJC13 gene in familial PD and sporadic PD to assess the frequency of known and novel rare nonsynonymous variants.
Methods: We screened 563 sporadic and 168 familial PD patients and a control series (n = 1000) for the coding region of DNAJC13.
Results: Our sequencing analysis identified two carriers of the c.2708G > A (p.R903K) variant in exon 24 of DNAJC13. One of these carriers is a familial PD.
Conclusion: The p. R903K variant was not found in 1000 healthy controls and it is localized in a functional domain of the DNAJC13 protein. Further studies are necessary to evaluate the role of DNAJC13 variants in PD.
Keywords: Autosomal dominant form; DNAJC13; Parkinson’s disease.
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