Mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) contribute to several prevalent disorders such as neurodegenerative disease, diabetes and cancer. Mitochondrial disorders are inherited maternally, since all of the mitochondria in an embryo are derived originally from the egg. Therapy for most mitochondrial disease is limited to mitigating disease symptoms and slowing progression. Tachibana et al. present a technique to transfer mitochondria-free nuclear DNA from one egg into a denucleated egg in rhesus macaque monkeys. After fertilization, the eggs develop into healthy offspring with mtDNA and nuclear DNA from unique female origins. DNA tests confirmed the absence of mtDNA from the female nuclear donor. These results demonstrate a potential method for bypassing the normal mechanisms of mitochondrial inheritance.
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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT| 05 November 2009
Mitochondrial disease: replacing defective maternal mitochondria
Online Issn: 1754-8411
Print Issn: 1754-8403
Dis Model Mech (2009) 2 (11-12): 518.
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Mitochondrial disease: replacing defective maternal mitochondria. Dis Model Mech 5 November 2009; 2 (11-12): 518. doi:
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