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Mutations in the SURF1 gene prevent mitochondria from producing enough energy for cells in the body to function normally, leading to a rare genetic disease called Leigh syndrome. The condition is characterized by a progressive loss of mental and movement abilities and eventually leads to vision, renal, cardiac and respiratory complications. SURF1 Leigh syndrome typically presents during infancy or early childhood, and often results in death within a few years. There is currently no targeted treatment or cure for SURF1 Leigh syndrome.
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We are jumpstarting our SURF1 program in partnership with the Cure Mito Foundation to accelerate research for the condition. We welcome all patients and caregivers interested in participating and spreading the word to the SURF1 community.