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Mutations in OPA1, a dynamin-related GTPase involved in mitochondrial fusion, cristae organization and control of apoptosis, have been linked to non-syndromic optic neuropathy transmitted as an autosomal-dominant trait (DOA). We here report on eight patients from six independent families showing that mutations in the OPA1 gene can also be responsible for a(More)
Mitochondrial haplogroups could influence individual susceptibility to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage, and human longevity, as indicated by previous studies with Caucasian (European) or Asian cohorts. Here, we compared the frequency of mtDNA haplogroups in a group of Spanish (Caucasian) centenarians (n = 65, aged 100–108 years, 58 women, most from the(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in the nuclear-encoded subunits of complex I of the mitochondrial respiratory chain are a recognized cause of Leigh syndrome (LS). Recently, 6 mutations in the NDUFS1 gene were identified in 3 families. OBJECTIVE To describe a Spanish family with LS, complex I deficiency in muscle, and a novel mutation in the NDUFS1 gene. DESIGN(More)
A 9-year-old boy with McArdle disease, who demonstrated remarkable recovery of objectively measured exercise tolerance after 1 year of follow-up, during which he pursued age-appropriate physical activities. The patient presented 1 year previously with severe myalgia, muscle weakness, proteinuria, hematuria, hyperthermia, and elevated creatine kinase levels(More)
We report the exercise capacity of an 8-year-old boy with clinical, histological, biochemical, and genetic evidence of McArdle disease. The patient presented with severe myalgia, proteinuria, hematuria, pyrexia, and elevated creatine kinase after swimming. After pre-exercise ingestion of sucrose, he performed treadmill exercise to symptom limitation. His(More)
We have previously shown that thyroid hormone (T(3)) regulates mitochondrial gene expression, morphology and transmembrane potential in the developing brain. Here, we have analysed the effect of thyroid hormone on mitochondrial function in different brain regions. For this purpose we have determined, in control, hypothyroid and T(3)-treated hypothyroid(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of nitric oxide (NO) on mitochondrial activity and its relation with the apoptosis of human articular chondrocytes. MATERIALS AND METHODS Mitochondrial function was evaluated by analysing respiratory chain enzyme complexes, citrate synthase (CS) activities, and mitochondrial membrane potential (Delta psi m). The(More)
Oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction should play a role in the neurodegeneration in Huntington's disease (HD). The most consistent finding is decreased activity of the mitochondrial complexes II/III and IV of the respiratory chain in the striatum. We assessed enzymatic activities of respiratory chain enzymes and other enzymes involved in oxidative(More)
BACKGROUND Published genotype/phenotype data on McArdle disease are limited in sample size. A single national (Spanish) registry of patients with McArdle disease was created with the purpose of analysing their genotypic and phenotypic characteristics. METHODS A cross sectional study was conducted, collecting demographic, family history, clinical, genotype(More)
BACKGROUND In the substantia nigra of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, increased lipid peroxidation, decreased activities of the mitochondrial complex I of the respiratory chain, catalase and glutathione-peroxidase, and decreased levels of reduced glutathione have been reported. These observations suggest that oxidative stress and mitochondrial(More)