Yg. Wu et al., Congenital lactic acidosis: Evaluation of the properties of the A199T natural variant of human pyruvate dehydrogenase E1 alpha by in vitro mutation, MOL GEN MET, 72(3), 2001, pp. 269-272
One cause of congenital lactic acidosis is a mutation in the E1 alpha -subu
nit of the pyruvate dehydrogenase multienzyme complex. Little is known abou
t the consequences of these mutations at the enzymatic level. Here we study
the A199T mutation by expressing the protein in Escherichia coil. The spec
ific activity is 25% of normal and the K-m for pyruvate is elevated by 10-f
old. Inhibitors of lactate dehydrogenase might be a useful therapy for pati
ents with such mutations. (C) 2001 Academic Press.