María Pilar Bayona-Bafaluy

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The existence of reliable mtDNA reference sequences for each species is of great relevance in a variety of fields, from phylogenetic and population genetics studies to pathogenetic determination of mtDNA variants in humans or in animal models of mtDNA-linked diseases. We present compelling evidence for the existence of sequencing errors on the current mouse(More)
Leigh disease associated with cytochrome c oxidase deficiency (LD[COX-]) is one of the most common disorders of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, in infancy and childhood. No mutations in any of the genes encoding the COX-protein subunits have been identified in LD(COX-) patients. Using complementation assays based on the fusion of LD(COX-) cell lines(More)
A puzzling observation in patients with oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) deficiencies is the presence of combined enzyme complex defects associated with a genetic alteration in only one protein-coding gene. In particular, mutations in the mtDNA encoded cytochrome b gene are associated either with combined complex I+III deficiency or with only complex III(More)
We have restored the CoQ oxidative capacity of mouse mtDNA-less cells (rho degrees cells) by transforming them with the alternative oxidase Aox of Emericella nidulans. Cotransforming rho degrees cells with the NADH dehydrogenase of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Ndi1 and Aox recovered the NADH DH/CoQ reductase and the CoQ oxidase activities. CoQ oxidation by AOX(More)
In the present work, a large scale investigation was done regarding the capacity of cultured human cell lines (carrying in homoplasmic form either the mitochondrial tRNA(Lys) A8344G mutation associated with the myoclonic epilepsy and ragged red fiber (MERRF) encephalomyopathy or a frameshift mutation, isolated in vitro, in the gene for the ND4 subunit of(More)
Nuclear and mitochondrial genomes have to work in concert to generate a functional oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system. We have previously shown that we could restore partial OXPHOS function when chimpanzee or gorilla mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) were introduced into human cells lacking mtDNA. However, we were unable to maintain orangutan mitochondrial(More)
Complex I (CI) is the largest enzyme of the mammalian mitochondrial respiratory chain. The biogenesis of the complex is a very complex process due to its large size and number of subunits (45 subunits). The situation is further complicated due to the fact that its subunits have a double genomic origin, as seven of them are encoded by the mitochondrial DNA.(More)
The study of pathogenic mitochondrial DNA mutations has, in most cases, relied on the production of transmitochondrial cybrids. Although the procedure to produce such cybrids is well established, it is laborious and cumbersome. Moreover, the mechanical enucleation procedure is inefficient and different techniques have to be used depending on the adherence(More)
Partially-deleted mitochondrial DNA (DeltamtDNA) accumulates during aging of postmitotic tissues. This accumulation has been linked to decreased metabolic activity, increased reactive oxygen species formation and the aging process. Taking advantage of cell lines with heteroplasmic mtDNA mutations, we showed that, after severe mtDNA depletion, organelles are(More)
Frequently, mtDNA with pathogenic mutations coexist with wild-type genomes (mtDNA heteroplasmy). Mitochondrial dysfunction and disease ensue only when the proportion of mutated mtDNAs is high, thus a reduction in this proportion should provide an effective therapy for these disorders. We developed a system to decrease specific mtDNA haplotypes by expressing(More)