A Pathogenic Variant in Rab32 Causes Autosomal Dominant Parkinsons Disease and Activates LRRK2 Kinase

Emil K. Gustavsson, A. Jon Stoessl, Alex Rajput, Ali H. Rajput, Roland Auer, Russel Tilney, Marc Sturm, Tobias B. Haack, Suzanne Lesage, Christelle Tesson, Alexis Brice, Jordan Follett, Carles Vilarino-Guell, Mina Ryten, Matthew S. Goldberg, Andrew B. West, Michele T. Hu, Huw R. Morris, Manu Sharma, Ziv Gan-OrBedia Samanci, Pawel Lis, Joanne Trinh, Teressa P. Tocino, Rim Amouri, Samir Ben Sassi, Faycel Hentati, Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program (GP2), Francesca Tonelli, Dario R. Alessi, Matthew J. Farrer, Sandeep K. Barodia, Raquel Real, Zhiyong Liu, Melissa Grant-Peters, Jesse D. Fox, Silke Cresswell


SummaryBackground Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. Mendelian forms have revealed multiple genes, with a notable emphasis on membrane trafficking; RAB GTPases play an important role in PD as a subset are both regulators and substrates of LRRK2 kinase. To explore the role of RAB GTPases in PD, we undertook a comprehensive examination of their genetic variability in familial PD.Methods Affected probands from 130 multi-incident PD families underwent whole-exome sequencing and genotyping, Potential pathogenic variants in 61 RAB GTPases were genotyped in relatives to assess disease segregation. These variants were also genotyped in a larger case-control series, totaling 3,078 individuals (2,734 with PD). The single most significant finding was subsequently validated within genetic data (6,043 with PD). Clinical and pathologic findings were summarized for gene-identified patients, and haplotypes were constructed. In parallel, wild-type and mutant RAB GTPase structural variation, protein interactions, and resultant enzyme activities were assessed.Findings We found RAB32 c.213C>G (Ser71Arg) to co-segregate with autosomal dominant parkinsonism in three multi-incident families. RAB32 Ser71Arg was also significantly associated with PD in case-control samples: genotyping and database searches identified thirteen more patients with the same variant that was absent in unaffected controls. Notably, RAB32 Ser71Arg heterozygotes share a common haplotype. At autopsy, one patient had sparse neurofibrillary tangle pathology in the midbrain and thalamus, without Lewy body pathology. In transfected cells the RAB32 Arg71 was twice as potent as Ser71 wild type to activate LRRK2 kinase.Interpretation Our study provides unequivocal evidence to implicate RAB32 Ser71Arg in PD. Functional analysis demonstrates LRRK2 kinase activation. We provide a mechanistic explanation to expand and unify the etiopathogenesis of monogenic PD.Funding National Institutes of Health, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program, Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and the UK Medical Research Council.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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