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Korean J Pediatr 2017 December;60(12) :408-412.
Published online 2017 December 15.       
The First Korean case of combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency-17 diagnosed by clinical and molecular investigation
Young A Kim1, Yoo-Mi Kim1, Yun-Jin Lee1, Chong Kun Cheon1,2
1Department of Pediatrics, Pusan National University Childrens Hospital, Yangsan, Korea
2Research Institute for Convergence of Biomedical Science and Technology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, Korea
Corresponding Author: Chong Kun Cheon ,Tel: +82-55-360-3158, Fax: +82-55-360-2181, Email:
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Combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency-17 (COXPD-17) is very rare and is caused by homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in the ELAC2 gene on chromosome 17p12. The ELAC2 gene functions as a mitochondrial tRNA processing gene, and only 4 different pathogenic mutations have been reported in ELAC2-associated mitochondrial dysfunction involving oxidative phosphorylation. Affected patients show various clinical symptoms and prognosis, depending on the genotype. We report a novel mutation in the ELAC2 gene (c.95C>G [p.Pro32Arg], het), in an infant with COXPD-17 who presented with encephalopathy including central apnea and intractable epilepsy, and growth and developmental retardation. During hospitalization, consistently elevated serum lactic acid levels were noted, indicative of mitochondrial dysfunction. The patient suddenly died of shock of unknown cause at 5 months of age. This is the first case report of COXPD-17 in Korea and was diagnosed based on clinical characteristics and genetic analysis.
Keywords: ELAC2 | Oxidative phosphorylation | Encephalopathy | Hyperlactatemia
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