A patient with progressive exercise intolerance, proximal weakness, and complex III deficiency in skeletal muscle had a missense mutation in the cytochrome b gene of mitochondrial DNA (G15762A). The mutation, which leads to the substitution of a highly conserved amino acid (G339E), was heteroplasmic (85%) in the patient's muscle and was not present in 100 individuals of different ethnic backgrounds. These data strongly suggest that this molecular defect is the primary cause of the myopathy.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1998|
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