Vincenzo Leuzzi

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mtDNAs from 37 Italian subjects affected by Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) (28 were 11778 positive, 7 were 3460 positive, and 2 were 14484 positive) and from 99 Italian controls were screened for most of the mutations that currently are associated with LHON. High-resolution restriction-endonuclease analysis also was performed on all subjects, in(More)
Tyrosine hydroxylase deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder resulting from cerebral catecholamine deficiency. Tyrosine hydroxylase deficiency has been reported in fewer than 40 patients worldwide. To recapitulate all available evidence on clinical phenotypes and rational diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for this devastating, but treatable,(More)
The mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) of 87 index cases with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) sequentially diagnosed in Italy, including an extremely large Brazilian family of Italian maternal ancestry, was evaluated in detail. Only seven pairs and three triplets of identical haplotypes were observed, attesting that the large majority of the LHON mutations(More)
Arginine:glycine amidinotransferase (AGAT, EC deficiency is a recently recognized autosomal recessive inborn error of creatine biosynthesis, characterized by mental retardation and severe language impairment. We extensively investigated a third 5-year-old patient with AGAT deficiency, discovered in the pedigree of the same Italian family as the two(More)
The authors describe an Italian child with guanidinoacetate methyltransferase deficiency, neurologic regression, movement disorders, and epilepsy during the first year of life. Brain MRI showed pallidal and periaqueductal alterations. In vivo 1H-MRS showed brain creatine depletion. The assessment of guanidinoacetic acid concentration in biologic fluids(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Brain creatine (Cr) deficiencies (BCr-d) are rare disorders of creatine biosynthesis and transport. We performed consecutive measures of total Cr (tCr) and of its phosphorylated fraction, phosphocreatine (PCr), in the brains of children affected by Cr synthesis defects during a long period of therapy. The aim was to identify the(More)
BACKGROUND Guanidinoactetate methyltransferase (GAMT) deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder of creatine synthesis. The authors analyzed clinical, biochemical, and molecular findings in 27 patients. METHODS The authors collected data from questionnaires and literature reports. A score including degree of intellectual disability, epileptic seizures,(More)
Zimmermann-Laband syndrome (ZLS) is a developmental disorder characterized by facial dysmorphism with gingival enlargement, intellectual disability, hypoplasia or aplasia of nails and terminal phalanges, and hypertrichosis. We report that heterozygous missense mutations in KCNH1 account for a considerable proportion of ZLS. KCNH1 encodes the voltage-gated(More)
Objective: To gain insights into the nature and pathogenesis of white matter (WM) abnormalities in PKU. Methods: Thirty-two patients with phenylalanine hydroxylase deficiency (21 with early and 11 with late diagnosis and treatment) and 30 healthy controls underwent an integrated clinical, neuroimaging (3.0 T MRI, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), diffusion(More)
We report the effect on complex I function of the 14484 Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) mutation affecting the ND6 subunit gene. The same gene was also reported to carry another mutation, at position 14459, associated with the LHON/dystonia phenotype that induces a reduction of complex I-specific activity and increases the sensitivity to the(More)