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Neuromuscul Disord ; 29(9): 693-697, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31488384

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We report a novel mitochondrial m.4414T>C variant in the mt-tRNAMet (MT-TM) gene in an adult patient with chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia and myopathy whose muscle biopsy revealed focal cytochrome c oxidase (COX)-deficient and ragged red fibres. The m.4414T>C variant occurs at a strongly evolutionary conserved sequence position, disturbing a canonical base pair and disrupting the secondary and tertiary structure of the mt-tRNAMet. Definitive evidence of pathogenicity is provided by clear segregation of m.4414T>C mutant levels with COX deficiency in single muscle fibres. Interestingly, the variant is present in skeletal muscle at relatively low levels (30%) and undetectable in accessible, non-muscle tissues from the patient and her asymptomatic brother, emphasizing the continuing requirement for a diagnostic muscle biopsy as the preferred tissue for mtDNA genetic investigations of mt-tRNA variants leading to mitochondrial myopathy.

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Ann Clin Transl Neurol ; 6(3): 515-524, 2019 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30911575

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Objectives: Mitochondrial methionyl-tRNA formyltransferase (MTFMT) is required for the initiation of translation and elongation of mitochondrial protein synthesis. Pathogenic variants in MTFMT have been associated with Leigh syndrome (LS) and mitochondrial multiple respiratory chain deficiencies. We sought to elucidate the spectrum of clinical, neuroradiological and molecular genetic findings of patients with bi-allelic pathogenic variants in MTFMT. Methods: Retrospective cohort study combining new cases and previously published cases. Results: Thirty-eight patients with pathogenic variants in MTFMT were identified, including eight new cases. The median age of presentation was 14 months (range: birth to 17 years, interquartile range [IQR] 4.5 years), with developmental delay and motor symptoms being the most frequent initial manifestation. Twenty-nine percent of the patients survived into adulthood. MRI headings in MTFMT pathogenic variants included symmetrical basal ganglia changes (62%), periventricular and subcortical white matter abnormalities (55%), and brainstem lesions (48%). Isolated complex I and combined respiratory chain deficiencies were identified in 31% and 59% of the cases, respectively. Reduction of the mitochondrial complex I and complex IV subunits was identified in the fibroblasts (13/13). Sixteen pathogenic variants were identified, of which c.626C>T was the most common. Seventy-four percent of the patients were alive at their last clinical review (median 6.8 years, range: 14 months to 31 years, IQR 14.5 years). Interpretation: Patients that harbour pathogenic variants in MTFMT have a milder clinical phenotype and disease progression compared to LS caused by other nuclear defects. Fibroblasts may preclude the need for muscle biopsy, to prove causality of any novel variant.

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Mitochondrion ; 47: 273-281, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30677530

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Mutations in genes involved in mitochondrial dynamics (fusion and fission) have been implicated in many peripheral neuropathies. We hypothesized that defects in these genes could result in a phenotype resembling features of small-fiber neuropathy (SFN). This was investigated in zebrafish by knocking down two genes involved in mitochondrial dynamics gdap1 (possibly fission and motility) and opa1 (fusion) using established morpholinos. Our read-outs were nerve density in the caudal fin and a behavioral response to temperature changes, both based on comparable hallmarks of SFN in patients. Knockdown of gdap1 resulted in zebrafish embryos with a reduced density of sensory neurites compared to control morpholino-injected embryos. Furthermore, these embryos demonstrated a decreased temperature-related activity. In contrast, a knockdown of opa1 did not affect the density of sensory neurites nor the temperature-related activity. However, only the opa1 morphants had an effect on mitochondrial network morphology. As we were not able to visualize the mitochondria in the neurons, it could well be that changes in the mitochondrial network remained undetected. Our data indicate that GDAP1 knockdown affects sensory neurite development, however, it is unclear if a problem in mitochondrial fission and network formation is the pathophysiological mechanism. Although we did not observe an effect of inhibiting mitochondrial fusion during development, we still propose that genes involved in mitochondrial dynamics should be screened for mutations in patients with SFN.

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Exp Neurol ; 311: 257-264, 2019 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30316835

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Small-fiber neuropathy (SFN) patients experience a spectrum of sensory abnormalities, including attenuated responses to non-noxious temperatures in combination with a decreased density of the small-nerve fibers. Gain-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channels SCN9A, SCN10A and SCN11A have been identified as an underlying genetic cause in a subpopulation of patients with SFN. Based on clinical-diagnostic tests for SFN, we have set up a panel of two read-outs reflecting SFN in zebrafish, being nerve density and behavioral responses. Nerve density was studied using a transgenic line in which the sensory neurons are GFP-labelled. For the behavioral experiments, a temperature-controlled water compartment was developed. This device allowed quantification of the behavioral response to temperature changes. By using these read-outs we demonstrated that zebrafish embryos transiently overexpressing the pathogenic human SCN9A p.(I228M) or p.(G856D) mutations both have a significantly decreased density of the small-nerve fibers. Additionally, larvae overexpressing the p.(I228M) mutation displayed a significant increase in activity induced by temperature change. As these features closely resemble the clinical hallmarks of SFN, our data suggest that transient overexpression of mutant human mRNA provides a model for SFN in zebrafish. This disease model may provide a basis for testing the pathogenicity of novel genetic variants identified in SFN patients. Furthermore, this model could be used for studying SFN pathophysiology in an in vivo model and for testing therapeutic interventions.


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Modelos Animais de Doenças , Mutação/genética , Canal de Sódio Disparado por Voltagem NAV1.7/biossíntese , Canal de Sódio Disparado por Voltagem NAV1.7/genética , Neuropatia de Pequenas Fibras/genética , Neuropatia de Pequenas Fibras/metabolismo , Animais , Feminino , Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Masculino , Neuropatia de Pequenas Fibras/patologia , Peixe-Zebra
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Front Genet ; 9: 400, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30369941

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Mitochondrial disorders, characterized by clinical symptoms and/or OXPHOS deficiencies, are caused by pathogenic variants in mitochondrial genes. However, pathogenic variants in some of these genes can lead to clinical manifestations which overlap with other neuromuscular diseases, which can be caused by pathogenic variants in non-mitochondrial genes as well. Mitochondrial pathogenic variants can be found in the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) or in any of the 1,500 nuclear genes with a mitochondrial function. We have performed a two-step next-generation sequencing approach in a cohort of 117 patients, mostly children, in whom a mitochondrial disease-cause could likely or possibly explain the phenotype. A total of 86 patients had a mitochondrial disorder, according to established clinical and biochemical criteria. The other 31 patients had neuromuscular symptoms, where in a minority a mitochondrial genetic cause is present, but a non-mitochondrial genetic cause is more likely. All patients were screened for pathogenic variants in the mtDNA and, if excluded, analyzed by whole exome sequencing (WES). Variants were filtered for being pathogenic and compatible with an autosomal or X-linked recessive mode of inheritance in families with multiple affected siblings and/or consanguineous parents. Non-consanguineous families with a single patient were additionally screened for autosomal and X-linked dominant mutations in a predefined gene-set. We identified causative pathogenic variants in the mtDNA in 20% of the patient-cohort, and in nuclear genes in 49%, implying an overall yield of 68%. We identified pathogenic variants in mitochondrial and non-mitochondrial genes in both groups with, obviously, a higher number of mitochondrial genes affected in mitochondrial disease patients. Furthermore, we show that 31% of the disease-causing genes in the mitochondrial patient group were not included in the MitoCarta database, and therefore would have been missed with MitoCarta based gene-panels. We conclude that WES is preferable to panel-based approaches for both groups of patients, as the mitochondrial gene-list is not complete and mitochondrial symptoms can be secondary. Also, clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorders would require sequential use of multiple different gene panels. We conclude that WES is a comprehensive and unbiased approach to establish a genetic diagnosis in these patients, able to resolve multi-genic disease-causes.

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Orphanet J Rare Dis ; 13(1): 120, 2018 Jul 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30025539

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BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial acyl-CoA dehydrogenase family member 9 (ACAD9) is essential for the assembly of mitochondrial respiratory chain complex I. Disease causing biallelic variants in ACAD9 have been reported in individuals presenting with lactic acidosis and cardiomyopathy. RESULTS: We describe the genetic, clinical and biochemical findings in a cohort of 70 patients, of whom 29 previously unpublished. We found 34 known and 18 previously unreported variants in ACAD9. No patients harbored biallelic loss of function mutations, indicating that this combination is unlikely to be compatible with life. Causal pathogenic variants were distributed throughout the entire gene, and there was no obvious genotype-phenotype correlation. Most of the patients presented in the first year of life. For this subgroup the survival was poor (50% not surviving the first 2 years) comparing to patients with a later presentation (more than 90% surviving 10 years). The most common clinical findings were cardiomyopathy (85%), muscular weakness (75%) and exercise intolerance (72%). Interestingly, severe intellectual deficits were only reported in one patient and severe developmental delays in four patients. More than 70% of the patients were able to perform the same activities of daily living when compared to peers. CONCLUSIONS: Our data show that riboflavin treatment improves complex I activity in the majority of patient-derived fibroblasts tested. This effect was also reported for most of the treated patients and is mirrored in the survival data. In the patient group with disease-onset below 1 year of age, we observed a statistically-significant better survival for patients treated with riboflavin.

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Neuroimage Clin ; 18: 231-244, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29868447

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One of the most common mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations, the A to G transition at base pair 3243, has been linked to changes in the brain, in addition to commonly observed hearing problems, diabetes and myopathy. However, a detailed quantitative description of m.3243A>G patients' brains has not been provided so far. In this study, ultra-high field MRI at 7T and volume- and surface-based data analyses approaches were used to highlight morphology (i.e. atrophy)-, microstructure (i.e. myelin and iron concentration)- and metabolism (i.e. cerebral blood flow)-related differences between patients (N = 22) and healthy controls (N = 15). The use of quantitative MRI at 7T allowed us to detect subtle changes of biophysical processes in the brain with high accuracy and sensitivity, in addition to typically assessed lesions and atrophy. Furthermore, the effect of m.3243A>G mutation load in blood and urine epithelial cells on these MRI measures was assessed within the patient population and revealed that blood levels were most indicative of the brain's state and disease severity, based on MRI as well as on neuropsychological data. Morphometry MRI data showed a wide-spread reduction of cortical, subcortical and cerebellar gray matter volume, in addition to significantly enlarged ventricles. Moreover, surface-based analyses revealed brain area-specific changes in cortical thickness (e.g. of the auditory cortex), and in T1, T2* and cerebral blood flow as a function of mutation load, which can be linked to typically m.3243A>G-related clinical symptoms (e.g. hearing impairment). In addition, several regions linked to attentional control (e.g. middle frontal gyrus), the sensorimotor network (e.g. banks of central sulcus) and the default mode network (e.g. precuneus) were characterized by alterations in cortical thickness, T1, T2* and/or cerebral blood flow, which has not been described in previous MRI studies. Finally, several hypotheses, based either on vascular, metabolic or astroglial implications of the m.3243A>G mutation, are discussed that potentially explain the underlying pathobiology. To conclude, this is the first 7T and also the largest MRI study on this patient population that provides macroscopic brain correlates of the m.3243A>G mutation indicating potential MRI biomarkers of mitochondrial diseases and might guide future (longitudinal) studies to extensively track neuropathological and clinical changes.

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Hum Reprod ; 33(7): 1331-1341, 2018 Jul 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29850888

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STUDY QUESTION: Does germline selection (besides random genetic drift) play a role during the transmission of heteroplasmic pathogenic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations in humans? SUMMARY ANSWER: We conclude that inheritance of mtDNA is mutation-specific and governed by a combination of random genetic drift and negative and/or positive selection. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: mtDNA inherits maternally through a genetic bottleneck, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Although random genetic drift is recognized as an important mechanism, selection mechanisms are thought to play a role as well. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: We determined the mtDNA mutation loads in 160 available oocytes, zygotes, and blastomeres of five carriers of the m.3243A>G mutation, one carrier of the m.8993T>G mutation, and one carrier of the m.14487T>C mutation. PARTICIPANTS/MATERIALS, SETTING, METHODS: Mutation loads were determined in PGD samples using PCR assays and analysed mathematically to test for random sampling effects. In addition, a meta-analysis has been performed on mutation load transmission data in the literature to confirm the results of the PGD samples. MAIN RESULTS AND THE ROLE OF CHANCE: By applying the Kimura distribution, which assumes random mechanisms, we found that mtDNA segregations patterns could be explained by variable bottleneck sizes among all our carriers (moment estimates ranging from 10 to 145). Marked differences in the bottleneck size would determine the probability that a carrier produces offspring with mutations markedly different than her own. We investigated whether bottleneck sizes might also be influenced by non-random mechanisms. We noted a consistent absence of high mutation loads in all our m.3243A>G carriers, indicating non-random events. To test this, we fitted a standard and a truncated Kimura distribution to the m.3243A>G segregation data. A Kimura distribution truncated at 76.5% heteroplasmy has a significantly better fit (P-value = 0.005) than the standard Kimura distribution. For the m.8993T>G mutation, we suspect a skewed mutation load distribution in the offspring. To test this hypothesis, we performed a meta-analysis on published blood mutation levels of offspring-mother (O-M) transmission for the m.3243A>G and m.8993T>G mutations. This analysis revealed some evidence that the O-M ratios for the m.8993T>G mutation are different from zero (P-value <0.001), while for the m.3243A>G mutation there was little evidence that the O-M ratios are non-zero. Lastly, for the m.14487T>G mutation, where the whole range of mutation loads was represented, we found no indications for selective events during its transmission. LARGE SCALE DATA: All data are included in the Results section of this article. LIMITATIONS, REASON FOR CAUTION: The availability of human material for the mutations is scarce, requiring additional samples to confirm our findings. WIDER IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINDINGS: Our data show that non-random mechanisms are involved during mtDNA segregation. We aimed to provide the mechanisms underlying these selection events. One explanation for selection against high m.3243A>G mutation loads could be, as previously reported, a pronounced oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) deficiency at high mutation loads, which prohibits oogenesis (e.g. progression through meiosis). No maximum mutation loads of the m.8993T>G mutation seem to exist, as the OXPHOS deficiency is less severe, even at levels close to 100%. In contrast, high mutation loads seem to be favoured, probably because they lead to an increased mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), a hallmark on which healthy mitochondria are being selected. This hypothesis could provide a possible explanation for the skewed segregation pattern observed. Our findings are corroborated by the segregation pattern of the m.14487T>C mutation, which does not affect OXPHOS and MMP significantly, and its transmission is therefore predominantly determined by random genetic drift. Our conclusion is that mutation-specific selection mechanisms occur during mtDNA inheritance, which has implications for PGD and mitochondrial replacement therapy. STUDY FUNDING/COMPETING INTEREST(S): This work has been funded by GROW-School of Oncology and Developmental Biology. The authors declare no competing interests.

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Eur J Hum Genet ; 26(4): 537-551, 2018 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29440775

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This study aims to identify gene defects in pediatric cardiomyopathy and early-onset brain disease with oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) deficiencies. We applied whole-exome sequencing in three patients with pediatric cardiomyopathy and early-onset brain disease with OXPHOS deficiencies. The brain pathology was studied by MRI analysis. In consanguineous patient 1, we identified a homozygous intronic variant (c.850-3A > G) in the QRSL1 gene, which was predicted to cause abnormal splicing. The variant segregated with the disease and affected the protein function, which was confirmed by complementation studies, restoring OXPHOS function only with wild-type QRSL1. Patient 2 was compound heterozygous for two novel affected and disease-causing variants (c.[253G > A];[938G > A]) in the MTO1 gene. In patient 3, we detected one unknown affected and disease-causing variants (c.2872C > T) and one known disease-causing variant (c.1774C > T) in the AARS2 gene. The c.1774C > T variant was present in the paternal copy of the AARS2 gene, the c.2872C > T in the maternal copy. All genes were involved in translation of mtDNA-encoded proteins. Defects in mtDNA-encoded protein translation lead to severe pediatric cardiomyopathy and brain disease with OXPHOS abnormalities. This suggests that the heart and brain are particularly sensitive to defects in mitochondrial protein synthesis during late embryonic or early postnatal development, probably due to the massive mitochondrial biogenesis occurring at that stage. If both the heart and brain are involved, the prognosis is poor with a likely fatal outcome at young age.

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Stem Cells Dev ; 27(2): 65-84, 2018 01 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29267140

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Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are multipotent stem cells with immunosuppressive and trophic support functions. While MSCs from different sources frequently display a similar appearance in culture, they often show differences in their surface marker and gene expression profiles. Although bone marrow is considered the "gold standard" tissue to isolate classical MSCs (BM-MSC), MSC-like cells are currently also derived from more easily accessible extra-embryonic tissues such as the umbilical cord. In this study, we defined the best way to isolate MSCs from the Wharton's jelly of the human umbilical cord (WJ-MSC) and assessed the mesenchymal and immunological phenotype of BM-MSC and WJ-MSC. Moreover, the gene expression profile of established WJ-MSC cultures was compared to two different bone marrow-derived stem cell populations (BM-MSC and multipotent adult progenitor cells or MAPC®). We observed that explant culturing of Wharton's jelly matrix is superior to collagenase tissue digestion for obtaining mesenchymal-like cells, with explant isolated cells displaying increased expansion potential. While being phenotypically similar to adult MSCs, WJ-MSC show a different gene expression profile. Gene ontology analysis revealed that genes associated with cell adhesion, proliferation, and immune system functioning are enriched in WJ-MSC. In vivo transplantation confirms their immune modulatory effect on T cells, similar to BM-MSC and MAPC. Furthermore, WJ-MSC intrinsically overexpress genes involved in neurotrophic support and their secretome induces neuronal maturation of SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells to a greater extent than BM-MSC. This signature makes WJ-MSC an attractive candidate for cell-based therapy in neurodegenerative and immune-mediated central nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.


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Células da Medula Óssea/imunologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral/imunologia , Proliferação de Células/fisiologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/imunologia , Ontologia Genética , Imunomodulação , Células da Medula Óssea/citologia , Adesão Celular/imunologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral/citologia , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Células-Tronco Mesenquimais
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Front Mol Neurosci ; 10: 336, 2017.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29093663

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Mitochondrial disorders are genetically and clinically heterogeneous, mainly affecting high energy-demanding organs due to impaired oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS). Currently, effective treatments for OXPHOS defects, with complex I deficiency being the most prevalent, are not available. Yet, clinical practice has shown that some complex I deficient patients benefit from a high-fat or ketogenic diet, but it is unclear how these therapeutic diets influence mitochondrial function and more importantly, which complex I patients could benefit from such treatment. Dietary studies in a complex I deficient patient with exercise intolerance showed increased muscle endurance on a high-fat diet compared to a high-carbohydrate diet. We performed whole-exome sequencing to characterize the genetic defect. A pathogenic homozygous p.G212V missense mutation was identified in the TMEM126B gene, encoding an early assembly factor of complex I. A complementation study in fibroblasts confirmed that the p.G212V mutation caused the complex I deficiency. The mechanism turned out to be an incomplete assembly of the peripheral arm of complex I, leading to a decrease in the amount of mature complex I. The patient clinically improved on a high-fat diet, which was supported by the 25% increase in maximal OXPHOS capacity in TMEM126B defective fibroblast by the saturated fatty acid palmitic acid, whereas oleic acid did not have any effect in those fibroblasts. Fibroblasts of other patients with a characterized complex I gene defect were tested in the same way. Patient fibroblasts with complex I defects in NDUFS7 and NDUFAF5 responded to palmitic acid, whereas ACAD9, NDUFA12, and NDUFV2 defects were non-responding. Although the data are too limited to draw a definite conclusion on the mechanism, there is a tendency that protein defects involved in early assembly complexes, improve with palmitic acid, whereas proteins defects involved in late assembly, do not. Our data show at a clinical and biochemical level that a high fat diet can be beneficial for complex I patients and that our cell line assay will be an easy tool for the selection of patients, who might potentially benefit from this therapeutic diet.

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J Med Genet ; 54(10): 693-697, 2017 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28668821

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BACKGROUND: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a reproductive strategy for mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutation carriers, strongly reducing their risk of affected offspring. Embryos either without the mutation or with mutation load below the phenotypic threshold are transferred to the uterus. Because of incidental heteroplasmy deviations in single blastomere and the relatively limited data available, we so far preferred relying on two blastomeres rather than one. Considering the negative effect of a two-blastomere biopsy protocol compared with a single-blastomere biopsy protocol on live birth delivery rate, we re-evaluated the error rate in our current dataset. METHODS: For the m.3243A>G mutation, sufficient embryos/blastomeres were available for a powerful analysis. The diagnostic error rate, defined as a potential false-negative result, based on a threshold of 15%, was determined in 294 single blastomeres analysed in 73 embryos of 9 female m.3243A>G mutation carriers. RESULTS: Only one out of 294 single blastomeres (0.34%) would have resulted in a false-negative diagnosis. False-positive diagnoses were not detected. CONCLUSION: Our findings support a single-blastomere biopsy PGD protocol for the m.3243A>G mutation as the diagnostic error rate is very low. As in the early preimplantation embryo no mtDNA replication seems to occur and the mtDNA is divided randomly among the daughter cells, we conclude this result to be independent of the specific mutation and therefore applicable to all mtDNA mutations.


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Blastômeros , DNA Mitocondrial/genética , Testes Genéticos/métodos , Diagnóstico Pré-Implantação/métodos , Biópsia , Blastocisto , Erros de Diagnóstico , Feminino , Heterozigoto , Humanos , Mutação , Gravidez
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Genet Med ; 19(5): 583-592, 2017 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28492530

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PURPOSE: Whole-exome sequencing (WES) provides the possibility of genome-wide preconception carrier screening (PCS). Here, we propose a filter strategy to rapidly identify the majority of relevant pathogenic mutations. METHODS: Our strategy was developed using WES data from eight consanguineous and five fictive nonconsanguineous couples and was subsequently applied to 20 other fictive nonconsanguineous couples. Presumably pathogenic variants based on frequency and database annotations or generic characteristics and mutation type were selected in genes shared by the couple and in the female's X-chromosome. Unclassified variants were not included. RESULTS: This yielded an average of 29 (19-51) variants in genes shared by the consanguineous couples and 15 (6-30) shared by the nonconsanguineous couples. For X-linked variants, the numbers per female were 3 (1-5) and 1 (0-3), respectively. Remaining variants were verified manually. The majority were able to be quickly discarded, effectively leaving true pathogenic variants. CONCLUSION: We conclude that WES is applicable for PCS, both for consanguineous and nonconsanguineous couples, with the remaining number of variants being manageable in a clinical setting. The addition of gene panels for filtering was not favorable because it resulted in missing pathogenic variants. It is important to develop and continuously curate databases with pathogenic mutations to further increase the sensitivity of WES-based PCS.Genet Med advance online publication 27 October 2016.


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Triagem de Portadores Genéticos/métodos , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma/métodos , Consanguinidade , Feminino , Genes Ligados ao Cromossomo X , Humanos , Masculino , Mutação , Pais
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Eur J Hum Genet ; 25(7): 886-888, 2017 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28443623

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In a 51-year-old patient of consanguineous parents with a severe neuromuscular phenotype of early-onset ataxia, myoclonia, dysarthria, muscle weakness and exercise intolerance, exome sequencing revealed a novel homozygous variant (c.-264_31delinsCTCACAAATGCTCA) in the mitochondrial FAD-transporter gene SLC25A32. Flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) is an essential co-factor for many mitochondrial enzymes and impaired mitochondrial FAD-transport was supported by a reduced oxidative phosphorylation complex II activity in the patient's muscle, decreased ATP production in fibroblasts, and a deficiency of mitochondrial FAD-dependent enzymes. Clinically, the patient showed improvement upon riboflavin treatment, which is a precursor of FAD. Our results confirm the recently reported case of SLC25A32 as a cause of riboflavin-responsive disease. Our patient showed a more severe clinical phenotype compared with the reported patient, corresponding with the (most likely) complete absence of the SLC25A32-encoding MFT (Mitochondrial Folate Transporter) protein.


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Ataxia/genética , Disartria/genética , Mutação INDEL , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Debilidade Muscular/genética , Ataxia/diagnóstico , Ataxia/tratamento farmacológico , Células Cultivadas , Disartria/diagnóstico , Disartria/tratamento farmacológico , Fibroblastos/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Debilidade Muscular/diagnóstico , Debilidade Muscular/tratamento farmacológico , Fenótipo , Riboflavina/metabolismo , Riboflavina/uso terapêutico , Síndrome , Complexo Vitamínico B/metabolismo , Complexo Vitamínico B/uso terapêutico
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Hum Reprod ; 32(3): 698-703, 2017 03 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28122886

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We report on the first PGD performed for the m.14487 T>C mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutation in the MT-ND6 gene, associated with Leigh syndrome. The female carrier gave birth to a healthy baby boy at age 42. This case adds to the successes of PGD for mtDNA mutations.


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DNA Mitocondrial/genética , Doença de Leigh/diagnóstico , Mutação , Feminino , Humanos , Recém-Nascido , Doença de Leigh/genética , Masculino , Mitocôndrias/genética , Linhagem , Gravidez , Diagnóstico Pré-Implantação , Resultado do Tratamento
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J Pediatr ; 182: 371-374.e2, 2017 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28081892

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Whole-exome sequencing identified multiple genetic causes in 2 infants with heterogeneous disease. Three gene defects in the first patient explained all symptoms, but manifestations were overlapping (blended phenotype). Two gene defects in the second patient explained nonoverlapping symptoms (composite phenotype). Whole-exome sequencing rapidly and comprehensively resolves heterogeneous genetic disease.


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Anormalidades Congênitas/genética , Doenças Genéticas Inatas/diagnóstico , Mutação , Análise de Sequência de DNA/métodos , Amidoidrolases/genética , Hidrolases de Éster Carboxílico/genética , Anormalidades Congênitas/diagnóstico , Exoma/genética , Testes Genéticos/métodos , Genômica , Genótipo , Humanos , Lactente , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Proteínas Associadas aos Microtúbulos , Testes de Mutagenicidade , Fenótipo , Receptores de Peptídeos/genética , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Índice de Gravidade de Doença
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J Med Genet ; 54(2): 73-83, 2017 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27450679

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BACKGROUND: Severe, disease-causing germline mitochondrial (mt)DNA mutations are maternally inherited or arise de novo. Strategies to prevent transmission are generally available, but depend on recurrence risks, ranging from high/unpredictable for many familial mtDNA point mutations to very low for sporadic, large-scale single mtDNA deletions. Comprehensive data are lacking for de novo mtDNA point mutations, often leading to misconceptions and incorrect counselling regarding recurrence risk and reproductive options. We aim to study the relevance and recurrence risk of apparently de novo mtDNA point mutations. METHODS: Systematic study of prenatal diagnosis (PND) and recurrence of mtDNA point mutations in families with de novo cases, including new and published data. 'De novo' based on the absence of the mutation in multiple (postmitotic) maternal tissues is preferred, but mutations absent in maternal blood only were also included. RESULTS: In our series of 105 index patients (33 children and 72 adults) with (likely) pathogenic mtDNA point mutations, the de novo frequency was 24.6%, the majority being paediatric. PND was performed in subsequent pregnancies of mothers of four de novo cases. A fifth mother opted for preimplantation genetic diagnosis because of a coexisting Mendelian genetic disorder. The mtDNA mutation was absent in all four prenatal samples and all 11 oocytes/embryos tested. A literature survey revealed 137 de novo cases, but PND was only performed for 9 (including 1 unpublished) mothers. In one, recurrence occurred in two subsequent pregnancies, presumably due to germline mosaicism. CONCLUSIONS: De novo mtDNA point mutations are a common cause of mtDNA disease. Recurrence risk is low. This is relevant for genetic counselling, particularly for reproductive options. PND can be offered for reassurance.


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DNA Mitocondrial/genética , Doenças Genéticas Inatas/diagnóstico , Herança Materna/genética , Diagnóstico Pré-Natal , Adulto , Criança , Feminino , Aconselhamento Genético , Humanos , Masculino , Oócitos/metabolismo , Mutação Puntual/genética , Gravidez , Diagnóstico Pré-Implantação
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Front Neurol ; 7: 203, 2016.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27899912

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In establishing a genetic diagnosis in heterogeneous neurological disease, clinical characterization and whole exome sequencing (WES) go hand-in-hand. Clinical data are essential, not only to guide WES variant selection and define the clinical severity of a genetic defect but also to identify other patients with defects in the same gene. In an infant patient with sensorineural hearing loss, psychomotor retardation, and epilepsy, WES resulted in identification of a novel homozygous CLPP frameshift mutation (c.21delA). Based on the gene defect and clinical symptoms, the diagnosis Perrault syndrome type 3 (PRLTS3) was established. The patient's brain-MRI revealed specific abnormalities of the subcortical and deep cerebral white matter and the middle blade of the corpus callosum, which was used to identify similar patients in the Amsterdam brain-MRI database, containing over 3000 unclassified leukoencephalopathy cases. In three unrelated patients with similar MRI abnormalities the CLPP gene was sequenced, and in two of them novel missense mutations were identified together with a large deletion that covered part of the CLPP gene on the other allele. The severe neurological and MRI abnormalities in these young patients were due to the drastic impact of the CLPP mutations, correlating with the variation in clinical manifestations among previously reported patients. Our data show that similarity in brain-MRI patterns can be used to identify novel PRLTS3 patients, especially during early disease stages, when only part of the disease manifestations are present. This seems especially applicable to the severely affected cases in which CLPP function is drastically affected and MRI abnormalities are pronounced.

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Genet Med ; 2016 Oct 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27787503

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PURPOSE: Whole-exome sequencing (WES) provides the possibility of genome-wide preconception carrier screening (PCS). Here, we propose a filter strategy to rapidly identify the majority of relevant pathogenic mutations. METHODS: Our strategy was developed using WES data from eight consanguineous and five fictive nonconsanguineous couples and was subsequently applied to 20 other fictive nonconsanguineous couples. Presumably pathogenic variants based on frequency and database annotations or generic characteristics and mutation type were selected in genes shared by the couple and in the female's X-chromosome. Unclassified variants were not included. RESULTS: This yielded an average of 29 (19-51) variants in genes shared by the consanguineous couples and 15 (6-30) shared by the nonconsanguineous couples. For X-linked variants, the numbers per female were 3 (1-5) and 1 (0-3), respectively. Remaining variants were verified manually. The majority were able to be quickly discarded, effectively leaving true pathogenic variants. CONCLUSION: We conclude that WES is applicable for PCS, both for consanguineous and nonconsanguineous couples, with the remaining number of variants being manageable in a clinical setting. The addition of gene panels for filtering was not favorable because it resulted in missing pathogenic variants. It is important to develop and continuously curate databases with pathogenic mutations to further increase the sensitivity of WES-based PCS.Genet Med advance online publication 27 October 2016Genetics in Medicine (2016); doi:10.1038/gim.2016.153.

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Genetics ; 204(4): 1423-1431, 2016 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27770035

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Of all pathogenic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations in humans, ∼25% is de novo, although the occurrence in oocytes has never been directly assessed. We used next-generation sequencing to detect point mutations directly in the mtDNA of 3-15 individual mature oocytes and three somatic tissues from eight zebrafish females. Various statistical and biological filters allowed reliable detection of de novo variants with heteroplasmy ≥1.5%. In total, we detected 38 de novo base substitutions, but no insertions or deletions. These 38 de novo mutations were present in 19 of 103 mature oocytes, indicating that ∼20% of the mature oocytes carry at least one de novo mutation with heteroplasmy ≥1.5%. This frequency of de novo mutations is close to that deducted from the reported error rate of polymerase gamma, the mitochondrial replication enzyme, implying that mtDNA replication errors made during oogenesis are a likely explanation. Substantial variation in the mutation prevalence among mature oocytes can be explained by the highly variable mtDNA copy number, since we previously reported that ∼20% of the primordial germ cells have a mtDNA copy number of ≤73 and would lead to detectable mutation loads. In conclusion, replication errors made during oogenesis are an important source of de novo mtDNA base substitutions and their location and heteroplasmy level determine their significance.


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Replicação do DNA , DNA Mitocondrial/genética , Dosagem de Genes , Mutação , Oócitos/metabolismo , Oogênese , Animais , Feminino , Taxa de Mutação , Oócitos/citologia , Peixe-Zebra
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