Genetics of Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension in Parkinson's Disease, Results from a Cross-Sectional In Silico Study.


The genetic basis of Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (NOH) in Parkinson's disease (PD) has been inadequately explored. In a cross-sectional study, we examined the association between NOH and PD-related single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and mapped their effects on gene expression and metabolic and signaling pathways. Patients with PD, free from pathological conditions associated with OH, and not taking OH-associated medications were included. NOH was defined as per international guidelines. Logistic regression was used to relate SNPs to NOH. Linkage-disequilibrium analysis, expression quantitative trait loci, and enrichment analysis were used to assess the effects on gene expression and metabolic/signaling pathways. We included 304 PD patients in the study, 35 of whom had NOH (11.5%). NOH was more frequent in patients with SNPs in SNCA, TMEM175, FAM47E-STBD1, CCDC62, SCN3A, MIR4696, SH3GL2, and LZTS3/DDRGK1 and less frequent in those with SNPs in ITGA8, IP6K2, SIPA1L2, NDUFAF2. These SNPs affected gene expression associated with the significant hierarchical central structures of the autonomic nervous system. They influenced several metabolic/signaling pathways, most notably IP3/Ca++ signaling, the PKA-CREB pathway, and the metabolism of fatty acids. These findings provide new insights into the pathophysiology of NOH in PD and may provide targets for future therapies.





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Chevalier, Guenson, Lucas Udovin, Matilde Otero-Losada, Sofia Bordet, Francisco Capani, Sheng Luo, Christopher G Goetz, Santiago Perez-Lloret, et al. (2023). Genetics of Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension in Parkinson's Disease, Results from a Cross-Sectional In Silico Study. Brain sciences, 13(3). p. 506. 10.3390/brainsci13030506 Retrieved from

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Sheng Luo

Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

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