Mutational analysis of the PINK1 gene in early-onset Parkisonism in Europe and North-Africa

University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Campania, Italy
Brain (Impact Factor: 9.2). 03/2006; 129(Pt 3):686-94. DOI: 10.1093/brain/awl005
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Parkinson's disease is a frequent disorder caused primarily by the loss of dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra. Mutations in the PTEN-induced kinase (PINK1) gene, in addition to those in parkin and DJ-1, have been found in families with recessive early-onset Parkinson's disease. We screened for parkin and PINK1 mutations in a panel of 177 autosomal recessive Parkinson's disease families with ages at onset < or =60 years, mostly from Europe. In 7 unrelated families, we identified 10 pathogenic PINK1 mutations (5 missense, 2 nonsense and 3 frameshift deletion mutations), 8 of which were novel. All the mutations were in the homozygous or compound heterozygous states. Interestingly, pseudo-dominant inheritance was observed in a family with two different mutations. The clinical characteristics of 12 PINK1 patients and 114 parkin patients were similar, even for signs such as dystonia at onset and increased reflexes, which were thought to be specific to parkin. In contrast, onset in patients with PINK1 mutations was earlier and increased reflexes were found more frequently than in patients without PINK1 or parkin mutations. These results suggest that PINK1 is the second most frequent causative gene in early-onset Parkinson's disease with a slowly progressive phenotype, indistinguishable from early-onset patients with parkin mutations.

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    • "PINK1 is a mitochondrial-targeted kinase (Clark et al., 2006; Gandhi et al., 2006; Valente et al., 2004), whilst Parkin is an E3 ubiquitin ligase which seems to be specifically recruited to mitochondria upon PINK1 activation (Clark et al., 2006; Pallanck and Greenamyre, 2006). Several PINK1 (PTEN-induced putative kinase 1) and Parkin mutations have been detected in sporadic cases of Parkinson's disease patients (Ibanez et al., 2006). In flies, PINK1 mutants have reduced ATP levels, they are sensitive to multiple stresses, and have an overall shorter lifespan than wild-type controls (Clark et al., 2006), indicating the significance of mitochondrial quality control in ageing. "
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    • "Nonsense mutations of PINK1 that lead to truncation of PINK1 and the loss of the C-terminal non-catalytic domain, as well as a small portion of the kinase domain, have also been reported (figure 4b, inset). Two of these mutations, W437X (originally found in the Marsala kindred) [1] and Q456X [19], are inherited in a homozygous recessive manner, while a third, R492X, has been found as a compound heterozygous mutation [19] (electronic supplementary material, table S1). We introduced these mutations into TcPINK1 and tested their activity against either PINKtide (figure 4b) or MBP (electronic supplementary material, figure S11), and found that all of the truncating mutations tested abolished kinase activity. "
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    • "Missense or truncating mutations of PINK1 gene cause recessive familial type 6 of Parkinson's disease (PARK6) [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]. PINK1 is believed to function as a mitochondrial Ser/Thr protein kinase and protect SN dopaminergic neurons against various cellular stresses [2] [7] [13] [16]. "
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