The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

COMT genotype and effectiveness of entacapone in patients with fluctuating Parkinson's disease.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) genotype and the therapeutic efficacy of entacapone. METHODS: The efficacy of 2 months of entacapone treatment in 65 patients with PD with end-of-dose deterioration was studied. The efficacy of entacapone was assessed using the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) score, the daily levodopa dosage, and the patients' diary card. RESULTS: Thirty-six patients (55.4%) had a high-activity COMT gene (COMT(HH)), 22 (33.8%) had an intermediate-activity COMT gene (COMT(HL)), and 7 patients (10.8%) had a low-activity COMT gene (COMT(LL)). Two months of entacapone treatment resulted in a significant increase in "on" time, a reduction in "off" time, and a reduction in the total UPDRS score, but these results were independent of the COMT genotype of the patient. There was no significant difference in the frequency or severity of dyskinesias between the patients with different COMT genotypes. CONCLUSION: The COMT genotype seems to be a minor factor in judging the beneficial effects of entacapone administration.[1]


  1. COMT genotype and effectiveness of entacapone in patients with fluctuating Parkinson's disease. Lee, M.S., Kim, H.S., Cho, E.K., Lim, J.H., Rinne, J.O. Neurology (2002) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities