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Multiple Deletions of Mitochondrial DNA

Disease Category: Mitochondrial Disorders

A term referring to more than one piece of DNA (genetic material) that is missing within the mitochondria (specialized cell structures that produce energy). These DNA pieces may differ in size. Disorders caused by the missing mitochondrial DNA are often inherited due to mutations in nuclear DNA (genetic material found in the nucleus of cells) which are responsible for repairing, building, or maintaining mitochondrial DNA. These disease affects the muscles, nerves, eyes, and heart and often present as chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (see above).

Research groups studying this disease

Mitochondrial Disorders
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North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC)

Improves quality of life for people affected by mitochondrial disease through education, outreach, advocacy, and clinical research initiatives.

Promotes research and education for the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of mitochondrial disorders while providing support to those affected.