Das Deutsche Netzwerk für mitochondriale Erkrankungen (mitoNET)

Translated title of the contribution: The German network for mitochondrial disorders (mitoNET)

B. Büchner, C. Gallenmüller, R. Lautenschläger, K. Kuhn, I. Wittig, L. Schöls, D. Rapaport, D. Seelow, P. Freisinger, H. Prokisch, W. Sperl, T. Wenz, C. Behl, M. Deschauer, C. Kornblum, P. Schneiderat, A. Abicht, M. Schuelke, T. Meitinger, T. Klopstock

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The principal goal of mitoNET is to establish a German interdisciplinary network of clinical and basic research centres in order to improve health care for patients with mitochondrial diseases. Eight neurological and thirteen pediatric clinical centres are part of the horizontal clinical network for recruitment and phenotyping of mitochondrial patients and collection of urgently needed data on the natural history of mitochondrial diseases. These clinical data are stored in a web-based registry that was created especially for this purpose. Within mitoNET two biobanks have been established for comprehensive collection and storage of biological material such as DNA, RNA, plasma as well as myoblasts and fibroblasts from diagnostic biopsies. Four subprojects are aimed at enhancing the range of diagnostic tools by developing new techniques and one subproject concentrates on in vitro and in vivo investigations of novel therapies. The German ministry of education and research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) has funded mitoNET since February 2009.

Translated title of the contributionThe German network for mitochondrial disorders (mitoNET)
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)193-199
Number of pages7
JournalMedizinische Genetik
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012


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