PET neuroimaging and mutations in the DJ-1 gene.
Dekker MCJ., Eshuis SA., Maguire RP., Veenma-van der Duijn L., Pruim J., Snijders PJLM., Oostra BA., van Duijn CM., Leenders KL.
Mutations in the DJ-1 gene lead to autosomal recessive early-onset parkinsonism. We performed F-DOPA and FDG PET neuroimaging in two parkinsonism patients homozygous for DJ-1 mutations, three relatives heterozygous for a DJ-1 mutation and one non-carrier, all from the originally described kindred from The Netherlands. Their characteristics were compared to those of typical Parkinson's disease patients and healthy controls. Both parkinsonism patients had reduced F-DOPA uptake concordant with typical Parkinson's disease. In the, clinically unaffected, heterozygous relatives, F-DOPA metabolism was unremarkable, thus not suggesting a dosage effect of the DJ-1 gene.