Parkin: Clinical aspects and neurobiology

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A variety of mutations in parkin are linked to autosomal recessive Parkinson's disease (PD). Mutations in parkin may be one of the most common causes of autosomal recessive PD. Parkin is an E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase and familial associated mutations disrupt the E3 ligase activity, thus implicating derangements in the ubiquitin proteasomal pathway in the pathogenesis of PD. We review the clinical and neuropathological features of Parkinson's disease caused by parkin mutations. In addition, we discuss the emerging evidence that parkin is an E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase and how derangements in its E3 ligase activity might cause autosomal recessive PD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-482
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Neuroscience Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2001


  • Dopamine
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Proteasome
  • UCHL-1
  • Ubiquitin
  • Ubiquitinization
  • α-Synuclein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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