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Mitochondrial diseases affect all age groups, but those with childhood onset often seem to experience the greatest burden of disability. In some paediatric patients this can be explained by a cumulative disability acquired over many years. In others, additional factors, including the nature and severity of the molecular defect, must be considered. To date,(More)
Heterozygous somatic mutations in the genes encoding isocitrate dehydrogenase-1 and -2 (IDH1 and IDH2) were recently discovered in human neoplastic disorders. These mutations disable the enzymes' normal ability to convert isocitrate to 2-ketoglutarate (2-KG) and confer on the enzymes a new function: the ability to convert 2-KG to d-2-hydroxyglutarate(More)
One pedigree with four patients has been recently described with mitochondrial DNA depletion and mutation in SUCLA2 gene leading to succinyl-CoA synthase deficiency. Patients had a Leigh-like encephalomyopathy and deafness but besides the presence of lactic acidosis, the profile of urine organic acid was not reported. We have studied 14 patients with mild(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosis of mitochondrial disorders usually requires a muscle biopsy to examine mitochondrial function. We describe our diagnostic procedure and results for 29 patients with mitochondrial disorders. METHODS Muscle biopsies were from 43 healthy individuals and 29 patients with defects in one of the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) complexes,(More)
BACKGROUND Apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III) isoelectric focusing (IEF) can be used to detect abnormalities in the biosynthesis of core 1 mucin-type O-glycans. METHODS We studied plasma samples from 55 patients with various primary defects in N- and/or O-glycosylation, 21 patients with secondary N-glycosylation defects, and 6 patients with possible(More)
Deletion pattern analysis of the dystrophin gene was performed in 159 Hungarian patients with Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy. In 116 cases (73% of total patients), exon deletions were detected by PCR amplification. In 37 patients (31.9% of patients with a deletion) one exon was deleted, while five or more exons were missing in 40 children (34.4%). With(More)
BACKGROUND Based on a previous prospective clinical and biochemical study, a consensus mitochondrial disease scoring system was established to facilitate the diagnosis in patients with a suspected mitochondrial disorder. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the specificity of the diagnostic system, we applied the mitochondrial disease score in 61 children with a(More)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the craniofacial dysmorphic features, malformations, and disturbances in growth, neurodevelopment and behavior occurring in individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) represents the severe end of this spectrum. Many pathophysiological mechanisms have(More)
The heterogeneous group of 3-methylglutaconic aciduria (3-MGA-uria) syndromes includes several inborn errors of metabolism biochemically characterized by increased urinary excretion of 3-methylglutaconic acid. Five distinct types have been recognized: 3-methylglutaconic aciduria type I is an inborn error of leucine catabolism; the additional four types all(More)
OBJECTIVE 3-Methylglutaconic aciduria type I is a rare inborn error of leucine catabolism. It is thought to present in childhood with nonspecific symptoms; it was even speculated to be a nondisease. The natural course of disease is unknown. METHODS This is a study on 10 patients with 3-methylglutaconic aciduria type I. We present the clinical,(More)