Journal of Neural Transmission

, Volume 113, Issue 3, pp 331–337 | Cite as

Analysis of the polymorphic prion protein gene codon 129 in idiopathic Parkinson’s disease

  • G. Gossrau
  • B. Herting
  • S. Möckel
  • A. Kempe
  • R. Koch
  • H. Reichmann
  • J. B. Lampe


Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (IPD) is a neurodegenerative disorder of unknown aetiology. Histopathological similarities between IPD and Creutzfeldt-Jakob prion disease (CJD) have been suggested. Homozygosity at polymorphic prion protein gene codon 129 (PRNP129) is a risk factor for developing CJD. Therefore we investigated a putative genetic link between CJD and IPD by studying PRNP129 genotype segregation in 81 patients with IPD.

We did not ascertain a different PRNP129 genotype distribution in IPD patients compared to healthy Germans. We found a significant difference in PRNP129 genotype in dependence of the clinical predominance type of IPD. Patients with tremor-dominant IPD presented less frequent a methionine homozygosis at PRNP129 than hypokinetic-rigid IPD patients (30% versus 62.5%; p < 0.033).

In conclusion, genotype distribution at codon 129 is obviously not essential in determining IPD. But our results may provide first evidence of an association between certain PRNP129 polymorphisms and the clinical presentation of IPD.

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease, neurogenetics, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, prion disease, codon 129. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Gossrau
    • 1
  • B. Herting
    • 1
  • S. Möckel
    • 1
  • A. Kempe
    • 1
  • R. Koch
    • 2
  • H. Reichmann
    • 1
  • J. B. Lampe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of TechnologyDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Biomathematics, University of TechnologyDresdenGermany

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