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Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) and Pelizaeus-Merzbacher-like disease (PMLD) are hypomyelinating disorders of the central nervous system with a very similar phenotype. PMD is an X-linked disorder caused by mutations in PLP1. PMLD is an autosomal recessive condition caused by mutations in GJA12. We report a 5-year-old girl with a complex neurological(More)
Mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) tRNA genes can be considered functionally recessive because they result in a clinical or biochemical phenotype only when the percentage of mutant molecules exceeds a critical threshold value, in the range of 70-90%. We report a novel mtDNA mutation that contradicts this rule, since it caused a severe multisystem(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Coenzyme Q (CoQ) is a vital component of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. A number of patients with CoQ deficiency presented with different clinical phenotypes, often affecting skeletal muscle, and responded well to CoQ supplementation. We discuss recent advances in this field with special attention to muscle involvement. RECENT(More)
Coenzyme Q(10) (CoQ(10)) deficiency has been associated with an increasing number of clinical phenotypes that respond to CoQ(10) supplementation. In two siblings with encephalomyopathy, nephropathy and severe CoQ(10) deficiency, a homozygous mutation was identified in the CoQ(10) biosynthesis gene COQ2, encoding polyprenyl-pHB transferase. To confirm the(More)
Coenzyme Q10 deficiency is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder, with manifestations that may range from fatal neonatal multisystem failure, to adult-onset encephalopathy. We report a patient who presented at birth with severe lactic acidosis, proteinuria, dicarboxylic aciduria, and hepatic insufficiency. She also had dilation of left(More)
Human COQ6 encodes a monooxygenase which is responsible for the C5-hydroxylation of the quinone ring of coenzyme Q (CoQ). Mutations in COQ6 cause primary CoQ deficiency, a condition responsive to oral CoQ10 supplementation. Treatment is however still problematic given the poor bioavailability of CoQ10. We employed S. cerevisiae lacking the orthologous gene(More)
Autosomal recessive Pelizaeus-Merzbacher-like disease 1 (PMLD1) is a hypomyelinating disorder of the central nervous system (CNS) with virtually identical phenotype to Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD). PMLD1 is caused by mutations in GJA12 gene, PMD is due to mutations in PLP1 gene. Elevated levels of N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG), the most abundant(More)
Coenzyme Q(10) (CoQ(10)) deficiency has been associated with an increasing number of clinical phenotypes. Whereas primary CoQ(10) defects are related to mutations in ubiquinone biosynthetic genes, which are now being unraveled, and respond well to CoQ(10) supplementation, the etiologies, and clinical phenotypes related to secondary deficiencies are largely(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in SCO2 cause cytochrome c oxidase deficiency (COX) and a fatal infantile cardioencephalomyopathy. SCO2 encodes a protein involved in COX copper metabolism; supplementation with copper salts rescues the defect in patients' cells. Bezafibrate (BZF), an approved hypolipidemic agent, ameliorates the COX deficiency in mice with mutations in(More)
Coq5 catalyzes the only C-methylation involved in the biosynthesis of coenzyme Q (Q or ubiquinone) in humans and yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. As one of eleven polypeptides required for Q production in yeast, Coq5 has also been shown to assemble with the multi-subunit complex termed the CoQ-synthome. In humans, mutations in several COQ genes cause primary(More)