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Clinically proven mtDNA mutations are not common in those with chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Elizna M. Schoeman1,
  • Francois H. Van Der Westhuizen1,
  • Elardus Erasmus1,
  • Etresia van Dyk1,
  • Charlotte V. Y. Knowles4,
  • Shereen Al-Ali2, 3,
  • Wan-Fai Ng2, 5,
  • Robert W. Taylor4,
  • Julia L. Newton2, 5 and
  • Joanna L. Elson1, 6Email author
Contributed equally
BMC Medical GeneticsBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201718:29

Received: 7 October 2016

Accepted: 2 March 2017

Published: 16 March 2017

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Original Submission
7 Oct 2016 Submitted Original manuscript
3 Nov 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Callum Wilson
1 Dec 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Rinki Murphy
6 Dec 2016 Author responded Author comments - Elizna Schoeman
Resubmission - Version 2
6 Dec 2016 Submitted Manuscript version 2
Resubmission - Version 3
Submitted Manuscript version 3
1 Mar 2017 Author responded Author comments - Elizna M Schoeman
Resubmission - Version 4
1 Mar 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 4
2 Mar 2017 Editorially accepted
16 Mar 2017 Article published 10.1186/s12881-017-0387-6

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Authors’ Affiliations

Centre for Human Metabolomics, North-West University
Institute of Cellular Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University
Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Basrah
Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research, Institute of Neuroscience, The Medical School, Newcastle University
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University