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Although germ cell formation has been relatively well understood in worms and insects, how germ cell-specific developmental programs are initiated is not clear. In Caenorhabditis elegans, translational activation of maternal nos-2 mRNA is the earliest known molecular event specific to the germline founder cell P(4). Cis-elements in nos-2 3'UTR have been(More)
We detected a novel pathogenic mutation, a G-->A transition at position 5521 of mitochondrial tRNA(Trp) gene, in association with familial late-onset mitochondrial myopathy. The mutation was detected in muscle but not in leukocytes from the family's proband. Morphological and biochemical studies documented a severe defect of muscle cytochrome c oxidase(More)
Cardiomyopathy was reported in a few Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) carriers with clinical evidence of myopathy. We report two carriers with dilated cardiomyopathy, increased serum CK, and no symptoms of muscle weakness. In heart biopsies of both patients, dystrophin-the protein product of DMD locus--was absent in many fibers. Dilated cardiomyopathy may(More)
We report a new mutation, a T-->C transition at nt.4285 in the mitochondrial tRNA(Ile) gene, in a sporadic case of progressive external ophtalmoplegia (PEO) and ragged-red fibers (RRF). The mutation, involving a highly conserved base-pair in the anticodon stem, was detected in high percentages (91%) in muscle, but not in blood. It has never been reported in(More)
The A to G transition at nt.3243 of the tRNALeu(UUR) gene of mtDNA, commonly associated with MELAS, was detected in several members of a family affected by a maternally inherited form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. These findings suggest adding cardiomyopathy in the list of phenotypes associated with the 3243 mutation.
We performed morphological, biochemical, and genetic studies, including single-fiber PCR (sf PCR), on muscle biopsies obtained from a mother and daughter with MELAS syndrome due to the A3243G transition of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The severity of muscle involvement appeared quite distinct, in spite of the fact that both patients segregated similar mutant(More)
We report a family with McArdle's disease with several affected individuals in two generations. This unusual pedigree for an autosomal recessive disease is explained by the existence of manifesting heterozygotes in the maternal line. The presence of symptoms in heterozygotes seems to be due to a decrease in myophosphorylase activity below a critical(More)
We have isolated transmitochondrial cybrids containing a mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b 4-base pair deletion previously identified in a patient with parkinsonism. This presentation is in contrast to that of most patients with cytochrome b mutations, who present with exercise intolerance. Clones containing different levels of the cytochrome b 4-base pair(More)
Free radicals are implicated for many diseases including diabetes mellitus, arthritis, cancer, ageing. etc. In the treatment of these diseases, antioxidant therapy has gained utmost importance. Alcoholic extract of Medicago sativa was studied for its in vitro antioxidant activity using different models viz. DPPH radical scavenging, ABTS radical scavenging,(More)
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