Yehani N Wedatilake

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The molecular basis of cytochrome c oxidase (COX, complex IV) deficiency remains genetically undetermined in many cases. Homozygosity mapping and whole-exome sequencing were performed in a consanguineous pedigree with isolated COX deficiency linked to a Leigh syndrome neurological phenotype. Unexpectedly, affected individuals harbored homozygous splice(More)
Wernicke's encephalopathy is a triad of ophthalmoplegia, ataxia and confusion seen in alcoholics with dietary vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency. A rare genetic defect of thiamine transporter-2 may lead to similar clinical features, biotin-thiamine responsive basal ganglia disease (BTBGD). A 15-year-old girl developed rapid onset ptosis and ophthalmoplegia(More)
We present a review of our experience and pregnancy outcome in patients with GSD III managed by our centre. Between 1997 and 2010 there were 15 pregnancies in seven women with GSD III. Four women had GSD IIIb (nine pregnancies) and three GSD IIIa (six pregnancies). There was a successful outcome in all 15 pregnancies with delivery of 15 liveborn infants.(More)
BACKGROUND SURF1 deficiency, a monogenic mitochondrial disorder, is the most frequent cause of cytochrome c oxidase (COX) deficient Leigh syndrome (LS). We report the first natural history study of SURF1 deficiency. METHODS We conducted a multi-centre case notes review of 44 SURF1-deficient patients from ten different UK centres and two Australian(More)
Defects of mitochondrial dynamics are emerging causes of neurological disease. In two children presenting with severe neurological deterioration following viral infection we identified a novel homozygous STAT2 mutation, c.1836 C>A (p.Cys612Ter), using whole exome sequencing. In muscle and fibroblasts from these patients, and a third unrelated(More)
Neurometabolic disorders are markedly heterogeneous, both clinically and genetically, and are characterized by variable neurological dysfunction accompanied by suggestive neuroimaging or biochemical abnormalities. Despite early specialist input, delays in diagnosis and appropriate treatment initiation are common. Next-generation sequencing approaches still(More)
Nuclear-encoded disorders of mitochondrial translation are clinically and genetically heterogeneous. Genetic causes include defects of mitochondrial aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, and factors required for initiation, elongation and termination of protein synthesis as well as ribosome recycling. We report on a new case of myopathy, lactic acidosis and(More)
Tubular aggregates (TAs) are cytoplasmic aggregates of membranous tubules derived from the sarcoplasmic reticulum and usually 50–70 nm in diameter [1]. They may be seen in a range of genetic myopathies, including gyrate atrophy caused by ornithine aminotransferase deficiency, periodic paralysis and two disorders of glycosylation caused by mutations in the(More)
BACKGROUND Primary hyperaldosteronism (PHA) is characterized by a raised plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) with suppressed plasma renin activity (PRA). We evaluated two renin mass methods for PHA detection compared with the PAC:PRA ratio. METHODS Samples from patients attending a specialist hypertensive clinic were analysed by Liaison automated(More)
BACKGROUND TRNT1 (CCA-adding transfer RNA nucleotidyl transferase) enzyme deficiency is a new metabolic disease caused by defective post-transcriptional modification of mitochondrial and cytosolic transfer RNAs (tRNAs). RESULTS We investigated four patients from two families with infantile-onset cyclical, aseptic febrile episodes with vomiting and(More)