Methods: Investigators from the Genetic Epidemiology of Parkinson's Disease Consortium provided REP1 genotypes and baseline and follow‐up clinical data for cases. The primary outcome was time to death. Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to assess the association of REP1 genotypes with survival.
Results: Twenty‐one sites contributed data for 6,154 cases. There was no significant association between α‐synuclein REP1 genotypes and survival in PD. However, there was a significant association between REP1 genotypes and age at onset of PD (hazard ratio: 1.06; 95% confidence interval: 1.01‐1.10; P value = 0.01).
Conclusions: In our large consortium study, α‐synuclein REP1 genotypes were not associated with survival in PD. Further studies of α‐synuclein's role in disease progression and long‐term outcomes are needed.