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Origin of Inherited Gene Mutation Causing Early-onset Alzheimer's Found By UCSB Researcher

by Rukmani Krishna on December 10, 2013 at 1:55 AM
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 Origin of Inherited Gene Mutation Causing Early-onset Alzheimer's Found By UCSB Researcher

Researchers have traced the age and origin of the E280A gene mutation responsible for early-onset Alzheimer's in a Colombian family with an unusually high incidence of the disease to a single founder dating from the 16th century.

Kenneth S. Kosik, Harriman Professor in Neuroscience at UC Santa Barbara and co-director of the campus's Neuroscience Research Institute (NRI), conducted the study. The findings appear in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia.

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"Some mutations just increase your risk, but this mutation is not a risk," Kosik said. "This mutation is highly penetrant, which means that if you carry the mutation, you will get early-onset Alzheimer's disease."

Source: Eurekalert
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