On the identification of low allele frequency mosaic mutations in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients

Abstract

The cause of sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD) remains unclear. Given the growing evidence that protein aggregates can spread in a "prion-like" fashion, we reasoned that a small population of brain cells producing such "prion-like" particles due to a postzygotic acquired mutation would be sufficient to trigger the disease. Deep DNA sequencing technology should in principle allow the detection of such mosaics.

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Volume 11
Issue number 11
Pages 1265-1276
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