Friedreich's ataxia: malic enzyme activity in cellular fractions of cultured skin fibroblasts

S.B. Melançon, R. Cloutier, M. Potier, L. Dallaire, M. Vanasse, G. Geoffroy, A. Barbeau
1984 Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences  
AbstractWe have measured the activity of malic enzyme NADP+ dependent in the nuclear, mitochondrial, lysosomal and cytosolic fractions of cultured skin fibroblasts from twelve patients with Friedreich's ataxia and nine control subjects. Hexosaminidase, cytochrome-C-oxidase, lactate dehydrogenase and malic enzyme NAD+ dependent were used as marker enzymes. The activity of malic enzyme NADP+ dependent was not significantly reduced in the mitochondrial fraction of patients with Friedreich's ataxia
more » ... Friedreich's ataxia as compared with controls. When corrected for possible contamination between mitochondrial and cytosolic fractions, malic enzyme NADP+ dependent activity was still not significantly reduced in patients with Friedreich's ataxia. Unless critical methodological differences were overlooked in this or previously published studies, we conclude that mitochondrial malic enzyme deficiency is not the primary genetic defect underlying Friedreich's ataxia.
doi:10.1017/s0317167100035204 fatcat:c4xfwpz3tjhhnmc3djrunajw2e