Deficiency of respiratory chain complex I is a common cause of Leigh disease.


We reviewed the clinical features and etiologies of Leigh disease in 66 patients from 60 pedigrees. Biochemical or molecular defects were identified in 50% of all pedigrees, and in 74% of the 19 pedigrees with pathologically proved Leigh disease. Isolated deficiency of respiratory chain complex I was found in 7 patients, though the complex was only assayed… (More)