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Intrafamilial heterogeneous clinical presentation of the mitochondrial 3243 MELAS mutation; molecular investigations among four generations



Intrafamilial heterogeneous clinical presentation of the mitochondrial 3243 MELAS mutation; molecular investigations among four generations



European Journal of Neurology 2(6): 573-579



We have identified the A3243G heteroplasmic point mutation in mitochondrial DNA from a female patient with headache as the main clinical feature. The mitochondrial origin of her disease was only suspected because of her brother with MELAS syndrome. Morphological and biochemical studies failed to reveal mitochondrial respiratory chain dysfunction in her muscle which contained 65% of mutated mitochondrial DNA molecules. Molecular studies performed among four generations (in the blood of seven subjects) showed the variable transmission of mutated molecules and pointed out the difficulty in giving genetic counsel.

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Accession: 053941318

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PMID: 24283786

DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-1331.1995.tb00177.x


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