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Front. Neurol. | doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00981

Expanding the clinical spectrum of LONP1-related mitochondrial cytopathy

 Fady Hannah-Shmouni1, 2*,  Lauren MacNeil3, Lauren Brady2, Mats 1. Nilsson2 and  Mark Tarnopolsky2
  • 1National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States
  • 2McMaster University, Canada
  • 3Hospital for Sick Children, Canada

Pathogenic variants in the LONP1 gene have been associated with CODAS syndrome (Cerebral, Ocular, Dental, Auricular, and Skeletal Anomalies Syndrome). A recent report identified the first newborn case with LONP1-related mitochondrial cytopathy due to a compound heterozygous pathogenic variant in LONP1 without features of CODAS. The proband had manifested with severe congenital lactic acidosis and profound multiple respiratory chain complex activity deficiencies associated with the quantitative loss of mtDNA copy number in muscle. A subsequent report identified two siblings with regression during infancy, profound hypotonia and muscle weakness, severe intellectual disability, progressive cerebellar atrophy, where muscle biopsy showed an electron dense mitochondrial inclusions without ragged-red fibers and normal electron transport chain enzyme activities. Here we report an additional case of autosomal recessive mitochondrial cytopathy due to a homozygous missense variant in LONP1 that was identified on whole exome sequencing (c.810G>A; p.D463N). The proband, a 20-year-old male born to consanguineous parents, presented with global developmental delay, emotional outbursts, speech and swallowing difficulties, hypotonia, and ataxia since childhood. Muscle biopsy showed massive granular bodies, increased oxidative stress and autophagic block and reduced mitochondrial state 3 respiration. We have identified another case of LONP1-related mitochondrial cytopathy further confirming a neurological phenotype without CODAS features.

Keywords: mitochondrial disease, Muscle biopsy, LONP1, whole exome analysis, Granular body

Received: 01 Feb 2019; Accepted: 28 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Hannah-Shmouni, MacNeil, Brady, Nilsson and Tarnopolsky. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Fady Hannah-Shmouni, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, United States,