Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Parkinson Disease, Familial

Heritable, autosomal dominant neurodegenerative condition characterized by tremors, muscular stiffness, and walking and balance difficulties; Lewy bodies are inclusional in many regions of the brain. Mutations in alpha synuclein (SNCA) cause fragmentation; SNCA fragments are characteristic of some forms of both PD1 and Alzheimer disease. Not all forms of PD are inherited.

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