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Anales de la Facultad de Medicina

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MARCA, Victoria et al. Association between apolipoprotein E (ApoE) genetic polymorphism and Parkinson’s disease. An. Fac. med. [online]. 2013, vol.74, n.3, pp.169-174. ISSN 1025-5583.

Introduction: Due to the increase in life expectancy in our country, it is necessary to study risk factors for Parkinson’s disease (PD), including apolipoprotein E (ApoE) gene, as this association is not known in our country. Objectives: To determine association of ApoE gene polymorphism and PD. Design: Associative, observational case-control analytic study. Setting: Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurologicas, Lima, Peru. Participants: Male and females with and without Parkinson's disease. Interventions: Genomic DNA was extracted from 163 patients and 176 controls. PCR_RFLP technique was used for ApoE gene genotyping. Main outcome measures: ApoE gene genotype and allele frequencies in cases and controls, association and risk. Results: No significant ApoE genotype differences between the control group and patients were found. Allele ε4 frequency was similar in patients and controls: 6.5 and 6.0. Odds ratio for ApoE ε4 allele associated with PD was 1.2163 (IC 95%, 0.6574-2.2507). Conclusions: ApoE ε4 allele could not be considered a risk factor for PD in the population studied.

Keywords : Parkinson's disease; alleles; apolipoprotein E.

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