OBJECTIVES To determine the value of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), a recently discovered biomarker for mitochondrial disease, in predicting clinical disease severity and disease progression in adult carriers of the m.3243A>G mutation. METHODS In the context of a national inventory, the heteroplasmy levels of the m.3243A>G mutation were measured in… (More)
The m.3243A>G mutation has become known as the MELAS mutation. However, many other clinical phenotypes associated with this mutation have been described,most frequently being Maternally Inherited Diabetes and Deafness (MIDD). The m.3243A>G mutation, can be detected in virtually all tissues, however heteroplasmy differs between samples. Recent reports… (More)
OBJECTIVES Cardiomyopathy is a common complication of mitochondrial disorders, associated with increased mortality. Two dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2DSTE) can be used to quantify myocardial deformation. Here, we aimed to determine the usefulness of 2DSTE in detecting and monitoring subtle changes in myocardial dysfunction in carriers of… (More)
BACKGROUND Mitochondrial disorders belong to the most prevalent inherited metabolic diseases with the m.3243A > G mutation reflecting being one of the most common mutations in mitochondrial DNA. Previous studies showed little relationship between mitochondrial genetics and disease manifestation. Relationship between genotype and disease manifestation with… (More)
The m.3243A > G mutation is the most prevalent, disease-causing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutation. In a national cohort study of 48 families harbouring the m.3243A > G mutation, we identified three families in which the mutation appeared to occur sporadically within these families. In this report we describe these three families. Based on detailed mtDNA… (More)
Table 1 indicates the prevalence of the symptoms found in our cohort of carriers of the m.3243A>G mutation. Due to a mistake in the original published article, the prevalences are shown in absolute numbers rather than percentages. A corrected table with the prevalences in percentages is given here.