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The Use of Next Generation Sequencing Technologies to Dissect the Aetiologies of Parkinson’s disease and Dystonia

Sheerin, U; (2014) The Use of Next Generation Sequencing Technologies to Dissect the Aetiologies of Parkinson’s disease and Dystonia. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Whole exome sequencing (WES) – the targeted sequencing of the subset of the human genome that is protein coding – is a powerful and cost-effective new tool for dissecting the genetic basis of diseases and traits, some of which have proved to be intractable to conventional gene-discovery strategies. My PhD thesis focuses on the use of whole exome sequencing to dissect the genetic aetiologies of families with Mendelian forms of Parkinson’s disease and Dystonia. First I present a project where next generation sequencing played an important role in the identification of a novel Parkinson’s disease gene (VPS35). I then describe the use of WES in i) an autosomal dominant PD kindred, where a novel DCTN1 mutation was identified; and show a number of examples of successes and failures of WES in ii) autosomal recessive Parkinson’s disease and iii) autosomal recessive generalised dystonia.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The Use of Next Generation Sequencing Technologies to Dissect the Aetiologies of Parkinson’s disease and Dystonia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1457531
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