Anne-Marie Mager-Heckel

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Acute liver failure in infancy accompanied by lactic acidemia was previously shown to result from mtDNA depletion. We report on 13 unrelated infants who presented with acute liver failure and lactic acidemia with normal mtDNA content. Four died during the acute episodes, and the survivors never had a recurrence. The longest follow-up period was 14 years.(More)
The ets gene family encodes transcription factors related to the proto-oncogene c-ets-1 and involved in cell proliferation, differentiation, and oncogenic transformation. We have characterized the Xenopus homologue of the human erg gene, an ets-related-gene, and its expression has been examined throughout early embryonic development. Xl erg encodes at least(More)
Multiple-respiratory-chain deficiency represents an important cause of mitochondrial disorders. Hitherto, however, mutations in genes involved in mtDNA maintenance and translation machinery only account for a fraction of cases. Exome sequencing in two siblings, born to consanguineous parents, with severe encephalomyopathy, choreoathetotic movements, and(More)
RNA import into mitochondria is a widespread phenomenon. Studied in details for yeast, protists, and plants, it still awaits thorough investigation for human cells, in which the nuclear DNA-encoded 5S rRNA is imported. Only the general requirements for this pathway have been described, whereas specific protein factors needed for 5S rRNA delivery into(More)
5 S rRNA is an essential component of ribosomes. In eukaryotic cells, it is distinguished by particularly complex intracellular traffic, including nuclear export and re-import. The finding that in mammalian cells 5 S rRNA can eventually escape its usual circuit toward nascent ribosomes to get imported into mitochondria has made the scheme more complex, and(More)
In the Xenopus laevis embryo, the overexpression of the Xl-FLI protein, a transcription factor of the ETS family, provokes severe developmental anomalies, which affect anteroposterior and dorsoventral polarities, optic cup formation, head cartilage morphogenesis, and erythrocyte differentiation. It has been proposed that these effects could be correlated to(More)
Mutations in human mitochondrial DNA are often associated with incurable human neuromuscular diseases. Among these mutations, an important number have been identified in tRNA genes, including 29 in the gene MT-TL1 coding for the tRNA(Leu(UUR)). The m.3243A>G mutation was described as the major cause of the MELAS syndrome (mitochondrial encephalomyopathy(More)
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) import into mitochondria occurs in a variety of organisms. In mammalian cells, several small RNAs are imported in a natural manner; transfer RNAs (tRNAs) can be imported in an artificial way, following expression of corresponding genes from another organism (yeast) in the nucleus. We describe how to establish and to analyze such(More)
The ubiquitin system is known to be involved in maintaining the integrity of mitochondria, but little is known about the role of deubiquitylating (DUB) enzymes in such functions. Budding yeast cells deleted for UBP13 and its close homolog UBP9 displayed a high incidence of petite colonies and slow respiratory growth at 37°C. Both Ubp9 and Ubp13 interacted(More)
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