Journal article

Chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia in patients with large heteroplasmic mitochondrial DNA deletions: an immunocytochemical study.

S Collins, X Dennett, E Byrne, S Marzuki

Acta Neuropathologica | Published : 1991


Immunocytochemical studies with a holocomplex antibody battery in patients with chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia, with and without large mitochondrial DNA deletions, revealed positive (and often increased) immunoreactivity for all complexes studied in histochemically cytochrome oxidase (COX)-negative areas, suggesting a compensatory up-regulation of these components. Similar findings were observed with subunit-specific probes directed against both nuclear- and mitochondrially encoded gene products. Comparison of staining intensities between the different complexes revealed significantly more variability in COX-negative than COX-positive fibres, suggesting disordered stoichiometri..

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