The New York Times reported today that a variant of the PRKCH gene are associated with an increased risk for strokes due to cerebral infarction. The variant reportedly leads to increased enzymatic activity and is found most commonly in people of Asian descent. This discovery may be important for identifying people who are at risk for strokes and for understanding how strokes might be prevented. The research is published online as a letter in Nature Genetics.
PRKCH codes for protein kinase C and is mapped to human chromosome 14.