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Mitochondrial haplogroup is associated with the phenotype of familial amyloidosis with polyneuropathy in Swedish and French patients


Ole B Suhr, Department of Medicine, Umeå University Hospital, SE 901 85 Umeå, Sweden.
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Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) is a monogenic disease caused by mutations in the transthyretin (TTR) gene. The phenotype of the most common TTR mutation, V30M, varies within and between populations. Oxidative stress and protein misfolding are cellular processes involved in the development of FAP. Because the mitochondria are important for both these processes, we investigated if mitochondrial haplogroups are related to age at onset of the disease in Swedish and French FAP patients. Mitochondrial haplogroup analysis was performed on 25 early-onset (below 40 years) and 29 late-onset (above 51 years) Swedish FAP patients. DNA from 249 Swedish individuals served as controls. In addition, 6 early-onset and 17 late-onset French FAP patients were examined with 25 French controls. The haplogroup distribution among late-onset Swedish and French cases was similar to that found in the general populations, whereas among early-onset cases a different haplogroup distribution was seen. The relatively rare haplogroup K was significantly more common among early-onset cases. Our findings substantiate the suggestion that a genetic component, still to be found, affecting mitochondrial function has an impact on the amyloid generating process in transthyretin amyloidosis.