Exome sequencing identifies complex I NDUFV2 mutations as a novel cause of Leigh syndrome Journal Articles uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: Two siblings with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and brain atrophy were diagnosed with Complex I deficiency based on low enzyme activity in muscle and high lactate/pyruvate ratio in fibroblasts. METHODS: Whole exome sequencing results of fibroblast gDNA from one sibling was narrowed down to 190 SNPs or In/Dels in 185 candidate genes by selecting non-synonymous coding sequence base pair changes that were not present in the SNP database. RESULTS: Two compound heterozygous mutations were identified in both siblings in NDUFV2, encoding the 24 kDa subunit of Complex I. The intronic mutation (c.IVS2 + 1delGTAA) is disease causing and has been reported before. The other mutation is novel (c.669_670insG, p.Ser224Valfs*3) and predicted to cause a pathogenic frameshift in the protein. Subsequent investigation of 10 probands with complex I deficiency from different families revealed homozygosity for the intronic c.IVS2 + 1delGTAA mutation in a second, consanguineous family. In this family three of five siblings were affected. Interestingly, they presented with Leigh syndrome but no cardiac involvement. The same genotype had been reported previously in a two families but presenting with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, trunk hypotonia and encephalopathy. CONCLUSION: We have identified NDUFV2 mutations in two families with Complex I deficiency, including a novel mutation. The diagnosis of Leigh syndrome expands the clinical phenotypes associated with the c.IVS2 + 1delGTAA mutation in this gene.


  • Cameron, Jessie M
  • MacKay, Nevena
  • Feigenbaum, Annette
  • Tarnopolsky, Mark
  • Blaser, Susan
  • Robinson, Brian H
  • Schulze, Andreas

publication date

  • September 2015