Gellerich 2002 Biochim Biophys Acta (Vol 1556)

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Gellerich FN, Deschauer M, Chen Y, Müller T, Neudecker S, Zierz S (2002) Mitochondrial respiratory rates and activities of respiratory chain complexes correlate linearly with heteroplasmy of deleted mtDNA without threshold and independently of deletion size. Biochim Biophys Acta 1556:41-52.

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Gellerich FN, Deschauer M, Chen Y, Mueller T, Neudecker S, Zierz S (2002) Biochim Biophys Acta

Abstract: To clarify the importance of deleted protein and tRNA genes on the impairment of mitochondrial function, we performed a quantitative analysis of biochemical, genetic and morphological findings in skeletal muscles of 16 patients with single deletions and 5 patients with multiple deletions of mtDNA. Clinically, all patients showed chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEO). The size of deletions varied between 2.5 and 9 kb, and heteroplasmy between 31% and 94%. In patients with single deletions, the citrate synthase (CS) activity was nearly doubled. Decreased ratios of pyruvate- and succinate-dependent respiration were detected in fibers of all patients in comparison to controls. Inverse and linear correlations without thresholds were established between heteroplasmy and (i) CS referenced activities of the complexes of respiratory chain, (ii) CS referenced maximal respiratory rates, (iii) and cytochrome-c-oxidase (COX) negative fibers. In patients with single and multiple deletions, all respiratory chain complexes as well as the respiratory rates were decreased to a similar extent. All changes detected in patients with single deletions were independent of deletion size. In one patient, only genes of ND5, ND4L as well as tRNALeu(CUN), tRNASer(AGY), and tRNAHis were deleted. The pronounced decrease in COX activity in this patient points to the high pathological impact of these missing tRNA genes. The activity of nuclear encoded SDH was also significantly decreased in patients, but to a lesser extent. This is an indication of secondary disturbances of mitochondria at CPEO.

In conclusion, we have shown that different deletions cause mitochondrial impairments of the same phenotype correlating with heteroplasmy. The missing threshold at the level of mitochondrial function seems to be characteristic for large-scale deletions were tRNA and protein genes are deleted.

Keywords: Chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia, Respiratory chain, Mitochondrial respiration, Heteroplasmy, Deletion, mtDNA

O2k-Network Lab: DE Magdeburg Gellerich FN, AT Innsbruck Oroboros


Labels: MiParea: Respiration, mtDNA;mt-genetics 


Organism: Human  Tissue;cell: Skeletal muscle  Preparation: Permeabilized tissue 



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