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Leigh syndrome is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder occurring in infancy and childhood characterized in most cases by a psychomotor retardation, optic atrophy, ataxia, dystonia, failure to thrive, seizures and respiratory failure. In this study, we performed a systematic sequence analysis of mitochondrial genes associated with LS in Tunisian(More)
Genetic polymorphisms in glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) genes might influence the detoxification activities of the enzymes predisposing individuals to cancer risk. Owing to the presence of these genetic variants, inter-individual and ethnic differences in GSTs detoxification capacity have been observed in various populations. Therefore, the present study(More)
Leigh syndrome is a genetically heterogeneous, neurodegenerative disorder that predominantly affects children and leads to death within months or years. Mutations causing this disease have been found in both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA. The present report describes a Tunisian family with a maternally inherited Leigh syndrome harboring the mitochondrial(More)
Mitochondrial diseases are a heterogeneous group of disorders caused by the impairment of the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation system which have been associated with various mutations of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and nuclear gene mutations. The clinical phenotypes are very diverse and the spectrum is still expanding. As brain and muscle are(More)
Mitochondria are essential for early cardiac development and impaired regulation of mitochondrial function was implicated in congenital heart diseases. We described a newborn girl with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and profound hearing loss. The mtDNA mutational analysis revealed the presence of known polymorphisms associated to cardiomyopathy and/or hearing(More)
BACKGROUND Febrile seizures (FSs) relatively represent the most common form of childhood seizures. FSs are not thought of as a true epileptic disease but rather as a special syndrome characterized by its provoking factor (fever) and a typical range of 3 months to 5 years. Although specific genes affecting the majority of FS cases have not been identified(More)
Inherited factor XIII (FXIII) deficiency is a rare bleeding disorder characterized by an umbilical bleeding during the neonatal period, delayed soft tissue bruising, mucosal bleeding spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage, and soft tissue hemorrhages. Congenital FXIII deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder, usually attributed to a defect in the FXIIIA(More)
The genetic polymorphisms in DNA repair genes might affect the repair activities of the enzymes, predisposing individuals to cancer risk. Due to these genetic variants, interethnic differences in DNA repair capacity were observed in various populations. Hence, our study aimed to determine the prevalence of three nonsynonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms(More)
We explored the mitochondrial 12S rRNA and the tRNASer(UCN) genes in 100 Tunisian families affected with NSHL and in 100 control individuals. We identified the mitochondrial A1555G mutation in one out of these 100 families and not in the 100 control individuals. Members of this family harbouring the A1555G mutation showed phenotypic heterogeneity which(More)
Genetic polymorphisms in DNA repair genes might influence the repair activities of the enzymes predisposing individuals to cancer risk. Owing to the presence of these genetic variants, interethnic differences in DNA repair capacity have been observed in various populations. The present study was undertaken to determine the allele and genotype frequencies of(More)