PubMed 11341481

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Automatically associated channels: Cav2.1 , SK3

Title: No evidence of association between CAG expansions and essential tremor in a large cohort of Italian patients.

Authors: S Pigullo, E Di Maria, R Marchese, A Assini, E Bellone, C Scaglione, C Vitale, U Bonuccelli, P Barone, F Ajmar, P Martinelli, G Abbruzzese, P Mandich

Journal, date & volume: , 2001 , 108, 297-304

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Essential tremor (ET) is one of the most common movement disorders. However the pathogenesis is as yet unknown, although a genetic cause has long been recognised. Clinical and molecular evidences suggested that the ET gene might contain a CAG expanded region. In a cohort of Italian ET patients Repeat Expansion Detection (RED) approach did not demonstrate large CAG expansions. We extended the study towards specific targets: the channel proteins hSKCa3 and CACNL1A4. Direct assessment of CAG stretches within these two genes did not demonstrate any CAG expansion in affected subjects. Also a case-control analysis failed to reveal any evidence of association, thus excluding these genes as a cause of ET.