Electrophysiology and ocular blood flow in a family with dominant optic nerve atrophy and a mutation in the OPA1 gene

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OBJECTIVE: To characterize the clinical phenotype, with emphasis on electrophysiology and blood flow measurements, of a family with dominant optic nerve atrophy and an identified mutation in the OPA1 gene. METHODS: Seven family members were examined. Ophthalmological evaluation included testing of visual acuity, ophthalmolscopy, kinetic perimetry, color vision testing, full-field electroretinography (ERG), multifocal electroretinography (MERG), and multifocal visual evoked potential (MVEP). Retrobulbar arterial blood flow and retinal capillary perfusion was measured in three patients using scanning laser Doppler flowmetry (SLDF) and color Doppler imaging techniques. PCR-SSCP and DNA sequencing determined the presence of a mutation in exon 18 of the OPA1 gene. RESULTS: The clinical characteristics varied considerably in the family. The ERG and the MERG demonstrated normal retinal function, while the MVEP was abnormal in all examined patients. Retinal and optic nerve head capillary perfusion was significantly decreased in the three patients examined with SLDF. Retrobulbar blood flow velocities were significantly decreased in the central retinal and ophthalmic arteries. In all seven examined subjects, a microdeletion (1756-1767del(12 bp)) in the OPA1 gene was identified. CONCLUSION: Patients with a mutation in the OPA1 gene have a very variable phenotype. MVEP and blood flow measurements are two new objective methods for an easier detection of this specific genetic optic nerve atrophy.

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  • Ophthalmology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-245
JournalOphthalmic Genetics
Volume24
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division IV (013230800), Ophthalmology (013242810), Reconstructive Surgery (013240300), Ophthalmology (Lund) (013043000)