Replication assessment of NUS1 variants in Parkinson's disease.

Research paper by Bernabe I BI Bustos, Sara S Bandres-Ciga, J Raphael JR Gibbs, Dimitri D Krainc, Niccolo E NE Mencacci, Ziv Z Gan-Or, Steven J SJ Lubbe,

Indexed on: 15 Dec '20Published on: 15 Dec '20Published in: Neurobiology of Aging


The NUS1 gene was recently associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) in the Chinese population. Here, as part of the International Parkinson's Disease Genomics Consortium, we have leveraged large-scale PD case-control cohorts to comprehensively assess damaging NUS1 variants in individuals of European descent. Burden analysis of rare nonsynonymous damaging variants across case-control individuals from whole-exome and -genome data sets did not find evidence of NUS1 association with PD. Overall, single-variant tests for rare (minor allele frequency<0.01) and common (minor allele frequency>0.01) variants, including 15 PD-GWAS cohorts and summary statistics from the largest PD GWAS meta-analysis to date, also did not uncover any associations. Our results indicate a lack of evidence for a role of rare damaging nonsynonymous NUS1 variants in PD in unrelated case-control cohorts of European descent, suggesting that the previously observed association could be driven by extremely rare population-specific variants. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.