Concentric hypertrophic remodelling and subendocardial dysfunction in mitochondrial DNA point mutation carriers

Matthew G D Bates, Kieren G. Hollingsworth, Jane H. Newman, Djordje G. Jakovljevic, Andrew M. Blamire, Guy A. MacGowan, Bernard D. Keavney, Patrick F. Chinnery, Douglass M. Turnbull, Robert W. Taylor, Michael I. Trenell, Grainne S. Gorman

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    AimsHypertrophic remodelling and systolic dysfunction are common in patients with mitochondrial disease and independent predictors of morbidity and early mortality. Screening strategies for cardiac disease are unclear. We investigated whether myocardial abnormalities could be identified in mitochondrial DNA mutation carriers without clinical cardiac involvement.Methods and resultsCardiac magnetic resonance imaging was performed in 22 adult patients with mitochondrial disease due to the m.3243A>G mutation, but no known cardiac involvement, and 22 age-and gender-matched control subjects: (i) Phosphorus-31-magnetic resonance spectroscopy, (ii) cine imaging (iii), cardiac tagging and (iv) late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) imaging. Disease burden was determined using the Newcastle Mitochondrial Disease Adult Scale (NMDAS) and urinary mutation load. Compared with control subjects, patients had an increased left ventricular mass index (LVMI), LV mass to end-diastolic volume (M/V) ratio, wall thicknesses (all P <0.01), torsion and torsion to endocardial strain ratio (both P <0.05). Longitudinal shortening was decreased in patients (P <0.0001) and correlated with an increased LVMI (r =-0.52, P <0.03), but there were no differences in the diastolic function. Among patients there was no correlation of LVMI or the M/V ratio with diabetic or hypertensive status, but the mutation load and NMDAS correlated with the LVMI (r = 0.71 and r = 0.79, respectively, both P <0.001). The phosphocreatine/adenosine triphosphate ratio was decreased in patients (P <0.001) but did not correlate with other parameters. No patients displayed focal LGE.ConclusionConcentric remodelling and subendocardial dysfunction occur in patients carrying m.3243A>G mutation without clinical cardiac disease. Patients with higher mutation loads and disease burden may be at increased risk of cardiac involvement. © 2012 The Author.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)650-658
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean heart journal. Cardiovascular Imaging
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


    • Cardiac tagging
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Magnetic resonance imaging
    • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy
    • Mitochondrial disease


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