Author Archives: Chris Comish

Courtagen Introduces New Tests for Mitochrondrial Disorders

Courtagen Life Sciences, Inc., released several new Next Generation Sequencing tests designed to evaluate people with epilepsy and mitochondrial disease. Mitochondrial diseases are inherited or chronic illness. They can occur either at birth or may develop later, and include problems with development and cognition. They may cause poor growth, lack of coordination, weakness, pain and seizures.

Cutting-edge Imaging Techniques Reveal New mtDNA Control Processes That May Be Involved In Mitochondrial Diseases

Mitochondria consist of small structures having evolved from bacteria engulfed by cells. This bacterial origin explains why mitochondria has its own genetic material (mitochondrial DNA, mtDNA) distinct from the nuclear DNA (nDNA). Most mitochondrial genes were transferred to the nucleus over time, but mtDNA still codes for 13 different proteins. Though…

Brain and Muscle Disorders May be Caused by a Dysfunctional Mitochondrial Calcium Channel

A collaboration between researchers from Leeds’ St. James’s University Hospital, University College London (UCL) and the Institute of Child Health (UCL) identified a gene mutation affecting mitochondrial calcium (Ca2+) levels in individuals with muscular disease (myopathy), learning and movement deficits. The study included data collected by the UK10K Consortium and is…