Journal article

A novel system for assigning the mode of inheritance in mitochondrial disorders using cybrids and rhodamine 6G

AJ Williams, M Murrell, S Brammah, J Minchenko, J Christodoulou

HUMAN MOLECULAR GENETICS | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 1999

Abstract

When normal human cultured skin fibroblasts were treated with the fluorescent dye rhodamine 6G (R6G), there was a drastic reduction in numbers of intact mitochondria and electron transport chain enzyme activities, despite the fact that mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) was still present in treated cells. We used this observation to develop a novel system for generating cybrids. When cultured skin fibroblast cells from a patient with the mitochondrial encephalopathy and ragged-red fibers (MERRF) syndrome harboring the A8344G mtDNA mutation and which showed a severe reduction in cytochrome c oxidase activity were treated with R6G and fused to enucleated HeLaCOT cells, the resulting cybrid clones showe..

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