Abnormal H-Tfam in a patient harboring a single mtDNA deletion

A. Tessa, M. L. Manca, M. Mancuso, M. R. Renna, L. Murri, B. Martini, F. M. Santorelli, G. Siciliano

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We report on a patient suffering from a progressive mitochondrial disorder characterized by ocular myopathy, exercise intolerance, and muscle wasting. Morphological examination of muscle biopsy showed increased variability in fiber size and scattered ragged red fibers. Analysis of muscle mitochondrial DNA by Southern blot and PCR revealed a heteroplasmic single deletion of 4100 base pairs, located between nucleotide positions 8300 and 12400. Western blot analysis showed high levels of the human mitochondrial transcription factor A (Tfam). Interestingly, we also detected an additional Tfam product, of approximately 23 kDa. This is the first case in which a qualitatively abnormal Tfam has been found to be associated with a mitochondrial disorder in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-214
Number of pages4
JournalFunctional Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • mtDNA deletion
  • PEO
  • Tfam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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