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Title: The use of next generation sequencing technologies to dissect the aetiologies of Parkinson's disease and dystonia
Author: Sheerin, U.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5357 9845
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2014
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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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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