MOLECULAR GENETICS AND METABOLISM, vol.107, no.3, pp.389-393, 2012 (SCI-Expanded)
Mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) encoded nucleotide 8993 can cause NARP syndrome (neuropathy, ataxia, and retinitis pigmentosa) or MILS (maternally inherited Leigh syndrome). The rare T8993C mutation in the MT-ATP6 gene is generally considered to be clinically milder, but there is marked clinical heterogeneity ranging from asymptomatic carriers to fatal infantile Leigh syndrome. Clinical heterogeneity has mostly been attributed to mtDNA heteroplasmy, but environmental, autosomal, tissue-specific factors, nuclear modifier genes, and mtDNA variations may also modulate disease expression. Here, we report the results of whole mitochondrial genome analysis of a family with m.8993T>C mutation in the MT-ATP6 gene and associated with NARP/MILS, and discuss the familial inheritance, effects of variation in combinations and heteroplasmy levels on the clinical findings. The whole mitochondrial genome was sequenced with similar to 182x average depth of coverage per sample with next-generation sequencing technology. Thus, all heteroplasmic (>%10) and homoplasmic variations were determined (except for 727C insertion) and classified according to the associations with mitochondrial diseases. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.