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      Phenotypic heterogeneity in m.3243A>G mitochondrial disease: The role of nuclear factors


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          The pathogenic mitochondrial DNA m.3243A>G mutation is associated with a wide range of clinical features, making disease prognosis extremely difficult to predict. We aimed to understand the cause of this heterogeneity.


          We examined the phenotypic profile of 238 adult m.3243A>G carriers (patients and asymptomatic carriers) from the UK MRC Mitochondrial Disease Patient Cohort using the Newcastle Mitochondrial Disease Adult Scale. We modeled the role of risk factors for the development of specific phenotypes using proportional odds logistic regression. As mitochondria are under the dual control of their own and the nuclear genome, we examined the role of additive nuclear genetic factors in the development of these phenotypes within 46 pedigrees from the cohort.


          Seizures and stroke‐like episodes affect 25% and 17% of patients, respectively; more common features include hearing impairment, gastrointestinal disturbance, psychiatric involvement, and ataxia. Age, age‐adjusted blood heteroplasmy levels, and sex are poor predictors of phenotypic severity. Hearing impairment, diabetes, and encephalopathy show the strongest associations, but pseudo‐ R 2 values are low (0.14–0.17). We found a high heritability estimate for psychiatric involvement ( h 2=0.76, P = 0.0003) and moderate estimates for cognition ( h 2=0.46, P = 0.0021), ataxia ( h 2 = 0.45, P = 0.0011), migraine ( h 2 = 0.41, P = 0.0138), and hearing impairment (h 2 = 0.40, P = 0.0050).


          Our results provide good evidence for the presence of nuclear genetic factors influencing clinical outcomes in m.3234A>G‐related disease, paving the way for future work identifying these through large‐scale genetic linkage and association studies, increasing our understanding of the pathogenicity of m.3243A>G and providing improved estimates of prognosis.

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              Non-insulin-dependent (type II) diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) is characterized by hyperglycaemia and insulin resistance, and affects nearly 5% of the general population. Inherited factors are important for its development, but the genes involved are unknown. We have identified a large pedigree in which NIDDM, in combination with a sensorineural hearing loss, is maternally inherited. The maternal inheritance and the observed decrease in mitochondrial enzyme activities of the respiratory chain indicate a genetic defect in the mitochondrial DNA. An A to G transition was identified at nucleotide 3,243, a conserved position in the mitochondrial gene for tRNA(Leu)(UUR). This mutation cosegregates with the disease in this family and is absent in controls, and indicates that a point mutation in mitochondrial DNA is a pathogenetic factor for NIDDM.

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                Ann Clin Transl Neurol
                Ann Clin Transl Neurol
                Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                07 February 2018
                March 2018
                : 5
                : 3 ( doiID: 10.1002/acn3.2018.5.issue-3 )
                : 333-345
                [ 1 ] Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research Institute of Neuroscience Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne UK
                [ 2 ] Institute of Genetic Medicine Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne UK
                [ 3 ]Present address: Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics Garvan Institute Sydney NSW Australia
                Author notes
                [*] [* ] Correspondence

                Sarah J Pickett, Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, Framlington Place, NE2 4HH, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Tel: +44 191 2085397; Fax: +44 191 2824373; E‐mail: sarah.pickett@ 123456ncl.ac.uk

                © 2018 The Authors. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc on behalf of American Neurological Association.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Figures: 3, Tables: 3, Pages: 13, Words: 7925
                Funded by: Wellcome Trust
                Award ID: 102858/Z/13/Z
                Award ID: 204709/Z/16/Z
                Funded by: Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research
                Award ID: 203105/Z/16/Z
                Funded by: Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for TranslationalResearch in Neuromuscular Disease,
                Award ID: G0800674
                Funded by: Lily Foundation
                Funded by: UK NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Ageing
                Funded by: Age‐related disease award to the Newcastle upon Tyne Foundation Hospitals NHS Trust
                Funded by: UK NHS Highly Specialised Service for Rare Mitochondrial Disorders of Adults and Children
                This work was funded by Wellcome Trust grants 102858/Z/13/Z and 204709/Z/16/Z; Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research grant 203105/Z/16/Z; Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for TranslationalResearch in Neuromuscular Disease, grant G0800674; Lily Foundation grant ; UK NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Ageing grant ; Age‐related disease award to the Newcastle upon Tyne Foundation Hospitals NHS Trust grant ; UK NHS Highly Specialised Service for Rare Mitochondrial Disorders of Adults and Children grant .
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