Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy like disease in MT-ATP6 variant m.8969G>A

Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2024 May 3;34:102070. doi: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2024.102070. eCollection 2024 Jun.


PURPOSE: To describe a case with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) like optic atrophy in the presence of MT-ATP6 gene variant m.8969G > A.

OBSERVATIONS: A 20-year-old patient with a history of mild developmental delay, mild cognitive impairment, and positional tremor presented with subacute painless visual loss over a few weeks. Mitochondrial genome sequencing revealed a variant in MT-ATP6, m.8969G > A (p.Ser148Asn). This variant was previously reported in association with mitochondrial myopathy, lactic acidosis, and sideroblastic anemia (MLASA) and with nephropathy, followed by brain atrophy, muscle weakness and arrhythmias, but not with optic atrophy.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPORTANCE: Rare variants in MT-ATP6 can also cause LHON like optic atrophy. It is important to perform further genetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA in genetically unsolved cases suspected of Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy to confirm the clinical diagnosis.

PMID:38756953 | PMC:PMC11096717 | DOI:10.1016/j.ajoc.2024.102070