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Yubero D.,Institute Salud Carlos III | O'Callaghan M.,Institute Salud Carlos III | Montero R.,Institute Salud Carlos III | Ormazabal A.,Institute Salud Carlos III | And 13 more authors.
BMC Pediatrics

Background: It has been demonstrated that glucose transporter (GLUT1) deficiency in a mouse model causes a diminished cerebral lipid synthesis. This deficient lipid biosynthesis could contribute to secondary CoQ deficiency. We report here, for the first time an association between GLUT1 and coenzyme Q10 deficiency in a pediatric patient. Case Presentation: We report a 15 year-old girl with truncal ataxia, nystagmus, dysarthria and myoclonic epilepsy as the main clinical features. Blood lactate and alanine values were increased, and coenzyme Q10 was deficient both in muscle and fibroblasts. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation was initiated, improving ataxia and nystagmus. Since dysarthria and myoclonic epilepsy persisted, a lumbar puncture was performed at 12 years of age disclosing diminished cerebrospinal glucose concentrations. Diagnosis of GLUT1 deficiency was confirmed by the presence of a de novo heterozygous variant (c.18+2T>G) in the SLC2A1 gene. No mutations were found in coenzyme Q10 biosynthesis related genes. A ketogenic diet was initiated with an excellent clinical outcome. Functional studies in fibroblasts supported the potential pathogenicity of coenzyme Q10 deficiency in GLUT1 mutant cells when compared with controls. Conclusion: Our results suggest that coenzyme Q10 deficiency might be a new factor in the pathogenesis of G1D, although this deficiency needs to be confirmed in a larger group of G1D patients as well as in animal models. Although ketogenic diet seems to correct the clinical consequences of CoQ deficiency, adjuvant treatment with CoQ could be trialled in this condition if our findings are confirmed in further G1D patients. Source

Marti R.,Institute Of Recerca Hospital Universitari Vall Dhebron | Marti R.,Center for Biomedical Research on Rare Diseases | Nascimento A.,Hospital Sant Joan de Deu | Nascimento A.,Center for Biomedical Research on Rare Diseases | And 16 more authors.
Pediatric Research

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) depletion syndrome (MDS) is a devastating disorder of infancy caused by a significant reduction of the number of copies of mitochondrial DNA in one or more tissues. We report a Spanish patient with the myopathic form of MDS, harboring two mutations in the thymidine kinase 2 gene (TK2): a previously reported deletion (p.K244del) and a novel nucleotide duplication in the exon 2, generating a frameshift and premature stop codon. Sensorineural hearing loss was a predominant symptom in the patient and a novel feature of MDS due to TK2 mutations. The patient survived up to the age of 8.5 y, which confirms that survival above the age of 5 y is not infrequent in patients with MDS due to TK2 deficiency. Copyright © 2010 International Pediatric Research Foundation, Inc. Source

Serrano M.,Institute Salud Carlos | Martins C.,Institute Salud Carlos | Perez-Duenas B.,Institute Salud Carlos | Gomez-Lopez L.,Institute Salud Carlos | And 11 more authors.
Journal of Child Neurology

Inherited urea cycle disorders represent one of the most common groups of inborn errors of metabolism. Late-onset urea cycle disorders caused by partial enzyme deficiencies may present with unexpected clinical phenotypes. We report 9 patients followed up in our hospital presenting late-onset urea cycle disorders who initially manifested neuropsychiatric/neurodevelopmental symptoms (the most prevalent neuropsychiatric/neurodevelopmental diagnoses were mental retardation, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], language disorder, and delirium). Generally, these clinical pictures did not benefit from pharmacological treatment. Conversely, dietary treatment improved the symptoms. Regarding biochemical data, 2 patients showed normal ammonium but high glutamine levels. This study highlights the fact that neuropsychiatric/neurodevelopmental findings are common among the initial symptomatology of late-onset urea cycle disorders. The authors recommend that unexplained or nonresponsive neuropsychiatric/neurodevelopmental symptoms appearing during childhood or adolescence be followed by a study of ammonia and amino acid plasmatic levels to rule out a urea cycle disorder. Source

Colombo G.,Consultorio | Ostera D.E.,Institute Bioquimica Clinica | Pugliessi M.,Institute Bioquimica Clinica
Psiquiatria Biologica

The following work investigates the relationship between dopaminergic D3 receptor -Ser9Gly- (rs6280) polymorphism and the «insecure» personalities described by K. Schneider. The DNA obtained from 10 patients diagnosed as «unsure of themselves» was compared with that of 4 control patients. The results suggest a strong association between the Ser9/Gly9 y Gly9/Gly9 genotypes and insecure personalities. © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L. and Sociedad Española de Psiquiatría y Sociedad Española de PsiquiatríaBiológica. All rights reserved. Source

Quintana E.,Institute Bioquimica Clinica | Pineda M.,Servicios de Bioquimica y Neurologia Pediatrica | Pineda M.,CIBER ISCIII | Font A.,CIBER ISCIII | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease

We present a 32-year-old patient who, from age 7 months, developed photophobia, left-eye ptosis and progressive muscular weakness. At age 7 years, she showed normal psychomotor development, bilateral ptosis and exercise-induced weakness with severe acidosis. Basal blood and urine lactate were normal, increasing dramatically after effort. PDHc deficiency was demonstrated in muscle and fibroblasts without detectable PDHA1 mutations. Ketogenic diet was ineffective, however thiamine gave good response although bilateral ptosis and weakness with acidosis on exercise persisted. Recently, DLD gene analysis revealed a homozygous missense mutation, c.1440 A>G (p.I480M), in the interface domain. Both parents are heterozygous and DLD activity in the patient's fibroblasts is undetectable. The five patients that have been reported with DLD-interface mutations suffered fatal deteriorations. Our patient's disease is milder, only myopathic, more similar to that due to mutation p.G229C in the NAD+-binding domain. Two of the five patients presented mutations (p.D479V and p.R482G) very close to the present case (p.I480M). Despite differing degrees of clinical severity, all three had minimal clues to DLD deficiency, with occasional minor increases in α-ketoglutarate and branched-chain amino acids. In the two other patients, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was a significant feature that has been attributed to moonlighting proteolytic activity of monomeric DLD, which can degrade other mitochondrial proteins, such as frataxin. Our patient does not have cardiomyopathy, suggesting that p.I480M may not affect the DLD ability to dimerize to the same extent as p.D479V and p.R482G. Our patient, with a novel mutation in the DLD interface and mild clinical symptoms, further broadens the spectrum of this enzyme defect. © SSIEM and Springer 2010. Source

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