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Molecular characterization of genes modifying the age at onset in Huntington's Disease in Uruguayan patients.

Authors: Vital, Marcelo  Bidegain, Estela  Raggio, Victor  Esperon, Patricia 
Citation: Vital M, etal., Int J Neurosci. 2015 May 22:1-17.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:26000918
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.3109/00207454.2015.1036422

Huntington's Disease (HD) is an hereditary neurodegenerative disorder. The genetic cause is an expansion of CAG repeats located in the IT15 gene. Though the number of CAG repeats ((CAG)n) can largely explain the age at onset of symptoms (AAO), a percentage of its variation could be attributed to modifier genes and to environmental factors. The study aimed to evaluate the influence of genetic modifiers of the AAO of HD including: (CAG)n and del2642 in the IT15 gene, ADORA2A rs5751876, HAP1 rs4523977, PGC1-α rs7665116 and UCH-L1 rs5030732. Eighteen patients with positive family history and HD suggestive symptoms were recruited. The (CAG)n and gene polymorphisms were determined by different molecular biology techniques. We observed that the (CAG)n influenced in a 64.5% of the variability in the AAO. We also showed that the rs5751876 variant significantly affected this variability. However, the influence of UCH-L1, del2642, HAP1 and PGC1-α gene polymorphisms could not be replicated, perhaps due to small sample size. Genetic studies including the molecular determination of (CAG)n in addition to other genetic modifiers involved in the variability of the AAO were first performed in Uruguay. We could replicate in our cohort the anticipation effect on the AAO by the ADORA2A rs5751876. Our results confirm the usefulness of an expanded molecular characterization in HD patients.


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RGD ID: 13432579
Created: 2017-10-02
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2017-10-02
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RGD is funded by grant HL64541 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on behalf of the NIH.