Richard J Rodenburg

Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboudumc), Nymegen, Gelderland, Netherlands

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    ABSTRACT: SUCLA2 encodes for a subunit of succinyl-coenzyme A synthase, the enzyme that reversibly synthesises succinyl-coenzyme A and ATP from succinate, coenzyme A and ADP in the Krebs cycle. Disruption of SUCLA2 function can lead to mitochondrial DNA depletion. Patients with a SUCLA2 mutation present with a rare but distinctive deafness-dystonia syndrome. Additionally, they exhibit elevated levels of the characteristic biochemical markers: methylmalonate, C4-dicarboxylic carnitine and lactate are increased in both plasma and urine. Thus far, eight different disease-causing SUCLA2 mutations, of which six missense mutations and two splice site mutations, have been described in the literature. Here, we present the first patient with an intragenic deletion in SUCLA2 and review the patients described in literature.
    09/2015; DOI:10.1007/8904_2015_464
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    ABSTRACT: Cholesterol-lowering statins effectively reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events. Myopathy is the most important adverse effect, but its underlying mechanism remains enigmatic. In C2C12 myoblasts, several statin lactones reduced respiratory capacity and appeared to be strong inhibitors of mitochondrial complex III (CIII) activity, up to 84% inhibition. The lactones were in general three times more potent inducers of cytotoxicity than their corresponding acid forms. The Qo binding site of CIII was identified as off-target of the statin lactones. These findings could be confirmed in muscle tissue of patients suffering from statin-induced myopathies, in which CIII enzyme activity was reduced by 18%. Respiratory inhibition in C2C12 myoblasts could be attenuated by convergent electron flow into CIII, restoring respiration up to 89% of control. In conclusion, CIII inhibition was identified as a potential off-target mechanism associated with statin-induced myopathies. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Cell metabolism 09/2015; 22(3):399-407. DOI:10.1016/j.cmet.2015.08.002 · 17.57 Impact Factor

  • Mitochondrion 09/2015; 24:S27. DOI:10.1016/j.mito.2015.07.079 · 3.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We reported before that the minimal alveolar concentration (MAC) of isoflurane is decreased in complex I-deficient mice lacking the NDUFS4 subunit of the respiratory chain (RC) (1.55 and 0.81 % at postnatal (PN) 22-25 days and 1.68 and 0.65 % at PN 31-34 days for wildtype (WT) and CI-deficient KO, respectively). A more severe respiratory depression was caused by 1.0 MAC isoflurane in KO mice (respiratory rate values of 86 and 45 at PN 22-25 days and 69 and 29 at PN 31-34 days for anesthetized WT and KO, respectively). Here, we address the idea that isoflurane anesthesia causes a much larger decrease in brain mitochondrial ATP production in KO mice thus explaining their increased sensitivity to this anesthetic. Brains from WT and KO mice of the above study were removed immediately after MAC determination at PN 31-34 days and a mitochondria-enriched fraction was prepared. Aliquots were used for measurement of maximal ATP production in the presence of pyruvate, malate, ADP and creatine and, after freeze-thawing, the maximal activity of the individual RC complexes in the presence of complex-specific substrates. CI activity was dramatically decreased in KO, whereas ATP production was decreased by only 26 % (p < 0.05). The activities of CII, CIII, and CIV were the same for WT and KO. Isoflurane anesthesia decreased the activity of CI by 30 % (p < 0.001) in WT. In sharp contrast, it increased the activity of CII by 37 % (p < 0.001) and 50 % (p < 0.001) and that of CIII by 37 % (p < 0.001) and 40 % (p < 0.001) in WT and KO, respectively, whereas it tended to increase that of CIV in both WT and KO. Isoflurane anesthesia increased ATP production by 52 and 69 % in WT (p < 0.05) and KO (p < 0.01), respectively. Together these findings indicate that isoflurane anesthesia interferes positively rather than negatively with the ability of CI-deficient mice brain mitochondria to convert their main substrate pyruvate into ATP.
    Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10545-015-9885-x · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Deficiencies in respiratory-chain complexes lead to a variety of clinical phenotypes resulting from inadequate energy production by the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation system. Defective expression of mtDNA-encoded genes, caused by mutations in either the mitochondrial or nuclear genome, represents a rapidly growing group of human disorders. By whole-exome sequencing, we identified two unrelated individuals carrying compound heterozygous variants in TRMT5 (tRNA methyltransferase 5). TRMT5 encodes a mitochondrial protein with strong homology to members of the class I-like methyltransferase superfamily. Both affected individuals presented with lactic acidosis and evidence of multiple mitochondrial respiratory-chain-complex deficiencies in skeletal muscle, although the clinical presentation of the two affected subjects was remarkably different; one presented in childhood with failure to thrive and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and the other was an adult with a life-long history of exercise intolerance. Mutations in TRMT5 were associated with the hypomodification of a guanosine residue at position 37 (G37) of mitochondrial tRNA; this hypomodification was particularly prominent in skeletal muscle. Deficiency of the G37 modification was also detected in human cells subjected to TRMT5 RNAi. The pathogenicity of the detected variants was further confirmed in a heterologous yeast model and by the rescue of the molecular phenotype after re-expression of wild-type TRMT5 cDNA in cells derived from the affected individuals. Our study highlights the importance of post-transcriptional modification of mitochondrial tRNAs for faithful mitochondrial function. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    The American Journal of Human Genetics 07/2015; 97(2). DOI:10.1016/j.ajhg.2015.06.011 · 10.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has an important role in mitochondrial energy metabolism by way of its functioning as an electron carrier in the respiratory chain. Genetic defects disrupting the endogenous biosynthesis pathway of CoQ10 may lead to severe metabolic disorders with onset in early childhood. Using exome sequencing in a child with fatal neonatal lactic acidosis and encephalopathy, we identified a homozygous loss-of-function variant in COQ9. Functional studies in patient fibroblasts showed that the absence of the COQ9 protein was concomitant with a strong reduction of COQ7, leading to a significant accumulation of the substrate of COQ7, 6-demethoxy ubiquinone10. At the same time, the total amount of CoQ10 was severely reduced, which was reflected in a significant decrease of mitochondrial respiratory chain succinate-cytochrome c oxidoreductase (complex II/III) activity. Lentiviral expression of COQ9 restored all these parameters, confirming the causal role of the variant. Our report on the second COQ9 patient expands the clinical spectrum associated with COQ9 variants, indicating the importance of COQ9 already during prenatal development. Moreover, the rescue of cellular CoQ10 levels and respiratory chain complex activities by CoQ10 supplementation points to the importance of an early diagnosis and immediate treatment.European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 17 June 2015; doi:10.1038/ejhg.2015.133.
    European journal of human genetics: EJHG 06/2015; DOI:10.1038/ejhg.2015.133 · 4.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Short-chain enoyl-CoA hydratase (ECHS1) is a multifunctional mitochondrial matrix enzyme that is involved in the oxidation of fatty acids and essential amino acids such as valine. Here, we describe the broad phenotypic spectrum and pathobiochemistry of individuals with autosomal-recessive ECHS1 deficiency. Using exome sequencing, we identified ten unrelated individuals carrying compound heterozygous or homozygous mutations in ECHS1. Functional investigations in patient-derived fibroblast cell lines included immunoblotting, enzyme activity measurement, and a palmitate loading assay. Patients showed a heterogeneous phenotype with disease onset in the first year of life and course ranging from neonatal death to survival into adulthood. The most prominent clinical features were encephalopathy (10/10), deafness (9/9), epilepsy (6/9), optic atrophy (6/10), and cardiomyopathy (4/10). Serum lactate was elevated and brain magnetic resonance imaging showed white matter changes or a Leigh-like pattern resembling disorders of mitochondrial energy metabolism. Analysis of patients' fibroblast cell lines (6/10) provided further evidence for the pathogenicity of the respective mutations by showing reduced ECHS1 protein levels and reduced 2-enoyl-CoA hydratase activity. While serum acylcarnitine profiles were largely normal, in vitro palmitate loading of patient fibroblasts revealed increased butyrylcarnitine, unmasking the functional defect in mitochondrial β-oxidation of short-chain fatty acids. Urinary excretion of 2-methyl-2,3-dihydroxybutyrate - a potential derivative of acryloyl-CoA in the valine catabolic pathway - was significantly increased, indicating impaired valine oxidation. In conclusion, we define the phenotypic spectrum of a new syndrome caused by ECHS1 deficiency. We speculate that both the β-oxidation defect and the block in l-valine metabolism, with accumulation of toxic methacrylyl-CoA and acryloyl-CoA, contribute to the disorder that may be amenable to metabolic treatment approaches.
    05/2015; 2(5):492-509. DOI:10.1002/acn3.189

  • European Journal of Paediatric Neurology 05/2015; 19:S36. DOI:10.1016/S1090-3798(15)30117-3 · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Defects in mitochondrial translation may lead to combined respiratory chain deficiency and typically cause childhood-onset multisystem disease. Only recently, a homozygous missense mutation (c.467T > G, p.Leu156Arg) in MRPL44, encoding a protein of the large subunit of the mitochondrial ribosome, has been identified in two siblings with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Using exome sequencing, we identified two further unrelated patients harboring the previously reported mutation c.467T > G, p.Leu156Arg in MRPL44 in the homozygous state and compound heterozygous with a novel missense mutation c.233G > A, p.Arg78Gln, respectively. Both patients presented with childhood-onset hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which seems to be the core clinical feature associated with MRPL44 deficiency. However, we observed several additional clinical signs and symptoms including pigmentary retinopathy, hemiplegic migraine, Leigh-like lesions on brain MRI, renal insufficiency, and hepatopathy. Our findings expand the clinical spectrum associated with MRPL44 mutations and indicate that MRPL44-associated mitochondrial dysfunction can also manifest as a progressive multisystem disease with central nervous system involvement. Of note, neurological and neuro-ophthalmological impairment seems to be a disease feature of the second and third decades of life, which should be taken into account in patient management and counseling.
    Neurogenetics 03/2015; 16(4). DOI:10.1007/s10048-015-0444-2 · 2.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mitochondrial disorders are characterized by a broad clinical spectrum. Identical clinical signs and symptoms can be caused by mutations in different mitochondrial or nuclear genes. Vice versa, the same mutation can lead to different phenotypes. Genetic syndromes and neuromuscular disorders mimicking mitochondrial disorders further complicate the diagnostic process. Whole exome sequencing (WES) is the state of the art next generation sequencing technique to identify genetic defects in mitochondrial disorders. Until recently it has mainly been used as a research tool. In this study, the use of WES in routine diagnostics is described. The WES data of 109 patients, referred under the suspicion of a mitochondrial disorder, were examined in two steps. First, the data were filtered using a virtual gene panel of genes known to be associated with mitochondrial disease. If negative, the entire exome was examined. A molecular diagnosis was achieved in 39 % of the heterogeneous cohort, and in 57 % of the subgroup of 42 patients with the highest suspicion for a mitochondrial disease. In addition to mutations in genes known to be associated with mitochondrial disorders (e.g. TUFM, MTFMT, FBXL4), in the subgroup of patients with the lowest suspicion for a mitochondrial disorder we found mutations in several genes associated with neuromuscular disorders (e.g. SEPN1, ACTA1) and genetic syndrome (e.g. SETBP1, ARID1B). Our results show that WES technology has been successfully implemented as a state-of-the-art, molecular diagnostic test for mitochondrial disorders as well as for the mimicking disorders in daily clinical practice. It also illustrates that clinical and biochemical phenotyping is essential for successful application of WES to diagnose individual patients.
    Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease 03/2015; 38(3). DOI:10.1007/s10545-015-9823-y · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Novel, single nucleotide mutations were identified in the mitochondrial methionyl amino-acyl-tRNA synthetase gene (MARS2) via whole exome sequencing in two affected siblings with developmental delay, poor growth, and sensorineural hearing loss. We show that compound heterozygous mutations c.550C>T:p.Gln184* and c.424C>T:p.Arg142Trp in MARS2 lead to decreased MARS2 protein levels in patient lymphoblasts. Analysis of respiratory complex (RC) enzyme activities in patient fibroblasts revealed decreased Complex I and IV activities. Immunoblotting of patient fibroblast and lymphoblast samples revealed reduced protein levels of NDUFB8 and COXII, representing Complex I and IV respectively. Additionally, overexpression of wild-type MARS2 in patient fibroblasts increased NDUFB8 and COXII protein levels. These findings suggest that recessive single nucleotide mutations in MARS2 are causative for a new mitochondrial translation deficiency disorder with a primary phenotype including developmental delay and hypotonia. Identification of additional patients with single nucleotide mutations in MARS2 is necessary to determine if pectus carinatum is also a consistent feature of this syndrome. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Human Mutation 03/2015; 36(6). DOI:10.1002/humu.22781 · 5.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mitochondrial ATP production is mediated by the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system, which consists of four multi-subunit complexes (CI-CIV) and the FoF1-ATP synthase (CV). Mitochondrial disorders including Leigh Syndrome often involve CI dysfunction, the pathophysiological consequences of which still remain incompletely understood. Here we combined experimental and computational strategies to gain mechanistic insight into the energy metabolism of isolated skeletal muscle mitochondria from 5weeks old wild-type (WT) and CI-deficient NDUFS4(-/-) (KO) mice. Enzyme activity measurements in KO mitochondria revealed a reduction of 79% in maximal CI activity (Vmax), which was paralleled by 45-72% increase in Vmax of CII, CIII, CIV and citrate synthase. Mathematical modeling of mitochondrial metabolism predicted that these Vmax changes do not affect the maximal rates of pyruvate (PYR) oxidation and ATP production in KO mitochondria. This prediction was empirically confirmed by flux measurements. In silico analysis further predicted that CI deficiency altered the concentration of intermediate metabolites, modestly increased mitochondrial NADH/NAD(+) ratio and stimulated the lower half of the TCA cycle, including CII. Several of the predicted changes were previously observed in experimental models of CI-deficiency. Interestingly, model predictions further suggested that CI deficiency only has major metabolic consequences when its activity decreases below 90% of normal levels, compatible with a biochemical threshold effect. Taken together, our results suggest that mouse skeletal muscle mitochondria possess a substantial CI overcapacity, which minimizes the effects of CI dysfunction on mitochondrial metabolism in this otherwise early fatal mouse model. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 02/2015; 1847(6-7). DOI:10.1016/j.bbabio.2015.02.006 · 5.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The mitochondrial ribosomes are required for the synthesis of mitochondrial DNA-encoded subunits of the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system. Here, we present a neonate with fatal lactic acidosis and combined OXPHOS deficiency caused by a homozygous mutation in MRPS22, a gene encoding a mitochondrial ribosomal small subunit protein. Brain imaging revealed several structural abnormalities, including agenesis of the corpus callosum, multiple periventricular cysts, and suspected intracerebral calcifications. Moreover, echocardiography demonstrated atrial and ventricular septal defects as well as a coronary artery fistula. Our report expands the clinical spectrum of this rare mitochondrial disorder and confirms the severe clinical phenotype associated with this defect.
    Neurogenetics 02/2015; 16(3). DOI:10.1007/s10048-015-0440-6 · 2.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We studied a group of individuals with elevated urinary excretion of 3-methylglutaconic acid, neutropenia that can develop into leuke-mia, a neurological phenotype ranging from nonprogressive intellectual disability to a prenatal encephalopathy with progressive brain atrophy, movement disorder, cataracts, and early death. Exome sequencing of two unrelated individuals and subsequent Sanger sequencing of 16 individuals with an overlapping phenotype identified a total of 14 rare, predicted deleterious alleles in CLPB in 14 in-dividuals from 9 unrelated families. CLPB encodes caseinolytic peptidase B homolog ClpB, a member of the AAAþ protein family. To evaluate the relevance of CLPB in the pathogenesis of this syndrome, we developed a zebrafish model and an in vitro assay to measure ATPase activity. Suppression of clpb in zebrafish embryos induced a central nervous system phenotype that was consistent with cerebellar and cerebral atrophy that could be rescued by wild-type, but not mutant, human CLPB mRNA. Consistent with these data, the loss-of-function effect of one of the identified variants (c.1222A>G [p.Arg408Gly]) was supported further by in vitro evidence with the mutant peptides abolishing ATPase function. Additionally, we show that CLPB interacts biochemically with ATP2A2, known to be involved in apoptotic processes in severe congenital neutropenia (SCN) 3 (Kostmann disease [caused by HAX1 mutations]). Taken together, muta-tions in CLPB define a syndrome with intellectual disability, congenital neutropenia, progressive brain atrophy, movement disorder, cat-aracts, and 3-methylglutaconic aciduria.
    The American Journal of Human Genetics 02/2015; 96(2):1-13. DOI:10.1016/j.ajhg.2014.12.013 · 10.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In primary fibroblasts from Leigh Syndrome (LS) patients, isolated mitochondrial complex I deficiency is associated with increased reactive oxygen species levels and mitochondrial morpho-functional changes. Empirical evidence suggests these aberrations constitute linked therapeutic targets for small chemical molecules. However, the latter generally induce multiple subtle effects, meaning that in vitro potency analysis or single-parameter high-throughput cell screening are of limited use to identify these molecules. We combine automated image quantification and artificial intelligence to discriminate between primary fibroblasts of a healthy individual and a LS patient based upon their mitochondrial morpho-functional phenotype. We then evaluate the effects of newly developed Trolox variants in LS patient cells. This revealed that Trolox ornithylamide hydrochloride best counterbalanced mitochondrial morpho-functional aberrations, effectively scavenged ROS and increased the maximal activity of mitochondrial complexes I, IV and citrate synthase. Our results suggest that Trolox-derived antioxidants are promising candidates in therapy development for human mitochondrial disorders.
    Scientific Reports 01/2015; 5:8035. DOI:10.1038/srep08035 · 5.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: COA6/C1orf31 is involved in cytochrome c oxidase (complex IV) biogenesis. We present a new pathogenic COA6 variant detected in a patient with neonatal hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and isolated complex IV deficiency. For the first time, clinical details about a COA6 deficient patient are given and patient fibroblasts are functionally characterized: COA6 protein is undetectable and steady state levels of complex IV and several of its subunits are reduced. The monomeric COX1 assembly intermediate accumulates. Using pulse-chase experiments, we demonstrate an increased turnover of mitochondrial encoded complex IV subunits. While monomeric complex IV is decreased in patient fibroblasts, the CI/CIII2/CIVn-supercomplexes remain unaffected. Copper supplementation shows a partial rescue of complex IV deficiency in patient fibroblasts. We conclude that COA6 is required for complex IV subunit stability. Furthermore, the proposed role in the copper delivery pathway to complex IV subunits is substantiated and a therapeutic lead for COA6 deficient patients is provided.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
    Human Mutation 01/2015; 36(1). DOI:10.1002/humu.22715 · 5.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Dysfunction of complex I (CI) of the mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) features prominently in human pathology. Cell models of ETC dysfunction display adaptive survival responses that still are poorly understood but of relevance for therapy development. Here we comprehensively examined how primary human skin fibroblasts adapt to chronic CI inhibition. CI inhibition triggered transient and sustained changes in metabolism, redox homeostasis and mitochondrial (ultra)structure but no cell senescence/death. CI-inhibited cells consumed no oxygen and displayed minor mitochondrial depolarization, reverse-mode action of complex V, a slower proliferation rate and futile mitochondrial biogenesis. Adaptation was neither prevented by antioxidants nor associated with lower ATP or increased PGC1-α/SIRT1/mTOR levels. Survival of CI-inhibited cells was strictly glucose-dependent and accompanied by increased AMPK-α phosphorylation, which occurred without changes in ATP or cytosolic calcium levels. Conversely, cells devoid of AMPK-α died upon CI inhibition. Chronic CI inhibition did not increase mitochondrial superoxide levels or cellular lipid peroxidation and was paralleled by a specific increase in SOD2/GR, whereas SOD1/CAT/Gpx1/Gpx2/Gpx5 levels remained unchanged. Upon hormone stimulation, fully adapted cells displayed aberrant cytosolic and ER calcium handling due to hampered ATP fueling of ER calcium pumps. Using a cell model of CI inhibition we explored the temporal adaptation to CI dysfunction and circumvent problems associated with patient-derived cell systems. It is concluded that CI dysfunction triggers an adaptive program that depends on extracellular glucose and AMPK-α. This response avoids cell death by suppressing energy crisis, oxidative stress induction and substantial mitochondrial depolarization. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Basis of Disease 12/2014; 1852(3). DOI:10.1016/j.bbadis.2014.12.012 · 4.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pyruvate oxidation defects (PODs) are among the most frequent causes of deficiencies in the mitochondrial energy metabolism and represent a substantial subset of classical mitochondrial diseases. PODs are not only caused by deficiency of subunits of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDHC) but also by various disorders recently described in the whole pyruvate oxidation route including cofactors, regulation of PDHC and the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier. Our own patients from 2000 to July 2014 and patients identified by a systematic survey of the literature from 1970 to July 2014 with a pyruvate oxidation disorder and a genetically proven defect were included in the study (n=628). Of these defects 74.2% (n=466) belong to PDHC subunits, 24.5% (n=154) to cofactors, 0.5% (n=3) to PDHC regulation and 0.8% (n=5) to mitochondrial pyruvate import. PODs are underestimated in the field of mitochondrial diseases because not all diagnostic centres include biochemical investigations of PDHC in their routine analysis. Cofactor and transport defects can be missed, if pyruvate oxidation is not measured in intact mitochondria routinely. Furthermore deficiency of the X-chromosomal PDHA1 can be biochemically missed depending on the X-inactivation pattern. This is reflected by an increasing number of patients diagnosed recently by genetic high throughput screening approaches. PDHC deficiency including regulation and import affect mainly the glucose dependent central and peripheral nervous system and skeletal muscle. PODs with combined enzyme defects affect also other organs like heart, lung and liver. The spectrum of clinical presentation of PODs is still expanding. PODs are a therapeutically interesting group of mitochondrial diseases since some can be bypassed by ketogenic diet or treated by cofactor supplementation. PDHC kinase inhibition, chaperone therapy and PGC1α stimulation is still a matter of further investigations.
    Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease 12/2014; 38(3). DOI:10.1007/s10545-014-9787-3 · 3.37 Impact Factor

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  • 2004-2015
    • Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboudumc)
      • Department of Human Genetics
      Nymegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
  • 1998-2015
    • Radboud University Nijmegen
      • • Department of Laboratory Medicine
      • • Department of Pediatrics
      • • Medical Centre
      • • Laboratory of Pediatrics and Neurology
      • • Department of Biochemistry
      Nymegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
  • 2012
    • Hospital Kuala Lumpur
      Kuala Lumpor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Newcastle University
      • Institute for Ageing and Health
      Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, United Kingdom
  • 2005
    • Leiden University
      Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands
  • 1992-1997
    • Universiteit Utrecht
      • Department of Physiological Chemistry
      Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands