Investigation of C9orf72 repeat expansions in Parkinson's disease.
Large repeat expansions in the C9orf72 gene were recently reported to be a major cause of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. Given some of the clinical and pathologic overlap between these 2 diseases and Parkinson's disease, we sought to evaluate the presence of these expansions in a cohort of French-Canadian patients with Parkinson's disease. No pathologic expansion was found in our cohort of patients suggesting that C9orf72 repeat expansions do not play a major role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.