Mitochondrial function in heart muscle from patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy

Diana Jarreta, Josefina Orús, Antoni Barrientos, Oscar Miró, Eulàlia Roig, Magdalena Heras, Carlos T. Moraes, Francesc Cardellach, Jordi Casademont

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Objective: To study the mitochondrial respiratory chain enzyme activities in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC). Methods: Mitochondrial respiratory chain enzyme activities were assessed spectrophotometrically in left ventricular tissue of 17 patients with IDC undergoing cardiac transplantation, as well as in two groups of controls: a group of six patients suffering from ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (IC) also undergoing cardiac transplantation, and a group of 17 organ donors considered normal from a cardiac point of view. Cytochrome b gene from three IDC patients whose complex III activity was particularly low and from three controls was also sequenced. Results: We found that complex III enzymatic activity was lower not only in IDC but also in IC patients when compared with normal controls. When analysing cytochrome b gene we only found neutral polymorphisms previously described. Conclusions: In view of such results, we believe that the decrease of respiratory chain complex III activity found in some cases of IDC is a secondary phenomenon, and not due to a primary mitochondrial disease. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)860-865
Number of pages6
JournalCardiovascular Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2000


  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Energy metabolism
  • Gene therapy
  • Mitochondria
  • Oxidative phosphorylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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