Gene Panel Sequencing Identifies Novel Pathogenic Mutations in Moroccan Patients with Familial Parkinson Disease

J Mol Neurosci. 2021 Jan;71(1):142-152. doi: 10.1007/s12031-020-01635-3. Epub 2020 Jun 16.


In the past two decades, genetic studies of familial forms of Parkinson's disease (PD) have shown evidence that PD has a significant genetic component. Indeed, 12 genes are strongly involved in PD causality, three of them having dominant inheritance and 9 causing early-onset autosomal recessive forms, including 3 with a typical PD and 6 with an atypical parkinsonism. The aim of this study was to determine the genetic basis of familial PD in Moroccan patients. We selected 18 Moroccan index case with familial forms of PD. Patients were first screened for exon-rearrangements by MLPA kit. They were then analyzed by gene panel next-generation sequencing (NGS). Functional variants with minor allele frequencies < 0.5% in public databases were considered potential candidate variants to PD. In the 18 PD patients with a positive family history that were analyzed, MLPA assays identified PRKN deletions in two patients: a homozygous exon 3-5 deletion and a heterozygous exon 4 deletion. Sixteen rare SNV were identified by NGS, four of them were novel. Seven mutations were categorized as pathogenic, five as likely pathogenic, two to be of uncertain significance, and 3 were predicted to be likely benign but may give a weaker pathogenic effect and could contribute to PD since they were found in late-onset PD patients. Rare or novel mutations that could be related to the disease were identified in 72% of these patients (13/18), including nine with bi-allelic pathogenic/likely pathogenic variants in genes causing recessive PD, particularly PRKN and PINK1. Mutations in genes with dominant inheritance were found in 4/18 patients (22%).

Keywords: Familial forms; Gene panel next-generation sequencing; Parkinson disease; Pathogenic mutations.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Aged
  • Alleles
  • Consanguinity
  • Female
  • Genes, Dominant
  • Genes, Recessive
  • Genetic Association Studies
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Morocco / epidemiology
  • Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Mutation*
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / genetics
  • Parkinson Disease / epidemiology
  • Parkinson Disease / genetics*
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid
  • Symptom Assessment


  • Nerve Tissue Proteins