Title

Novel mutation in the PANK2 gene leads to pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration in a Pakistani family

Document Type

Article

Department

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Abstract

Pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration is an autosomal-recessive disorder associated with the accumulation of iron in the basal ganglia. The disease presents with dystonia, rigidity, and gait impairment, leading to restriction of activities and loss of ambulation. The disorder is caused by defective iron metabolism associated with mutations in the PANK2 gene, which codes for the pantothenate kinase enzyme. We report on a mutation screen conducted in two siblings to establish a molecular diagnosis of the disease and a genetic test for the family.

Publication

Pediatric Neurology

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