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Eur J Pediatr. 1999 Jan;158(1):55-8.

The neurogenic weakness, ataxia and retinitis pigmentosa (NARP) syndrome mtDNA mutation (T8993G) triggers muscle ATPase deficiency and hypocitrullinaemia.

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Département de Génétique et INSERM U393, Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, Paris, France.

Abstract

Based on the study of three unrelated families, we report what we believe to be the first in vivo evidence of muscle ATPase deficiency in individuals carrying the neurogenic weakness, ataxia and retinitis pigmentosa (NARP) syndrome mtDNA mutation (T8993G). Since plasma citrulline was consistently low in 4/5 patients, we suggest that the NARP mutation caused complex V deficiency in the small intestine as well, thus reducing the availability of mitochondrial ATP required for citrulline synthesis.

CONCLUSION:

We suggest giving consideration to hypocitrullinaemia as a hallmark of the neurogenic weakness, ataxia and retinitis pigmentosa syndrome mutation and more generally of impaired oxidative phosphorylation in the small intestine in vivo.

PMID:
9950309
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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