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Bozidarka L Zaric, Milan Obradovic, Vladan Bajic, Mohamed A Haidara, Milos Jovanovic, Esma R Isenovic
Homocysteine (Hcy) is thiol group containing the amino acid, which naturally occurs in all humans. Hcy is degraded in the body through two metabolic pathways, while a minor part is excreted through kidneys. The chemical reactions that are necessary for degradation of Hcy require the presence of the folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12. Consequently, the level of the total Hcy in the serum is influenced by the presence or absence of these vitamins. An elevated level of the Hcy, hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) and homocystinuria are connected with occlusive artery disease, especially in the brain, the heart, and the kidney, in addition to venous thrombosis, chronic renal failure, megaloblastic anemia, osteoporosis, depression, Alzheimer's disease, pregnancy problems, and others...
March 12, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Tomas Majtan, Erez M Bublil, Insun Park, Erland Arning, Teodoro Bottiglieri, Frank Glavin, Jan P Kraus
AIMS: PEGylated human truncated cystathionine beta-synthase, lacking the C-terminal regulatory domain (PEG-CBS), is a promising preclinical candidate for enzyme replacement therapy in homocystinuria (HCU). It was designed to function as a metabolic sink to decrease the severely elevated plasma and tissue homocysteine concentrations. Here we evaluated pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD) and sub-chronic toxicity of PEG-CBS in homocystinuric mice and wild type rats and monkeys to estimate the minimum human efficacious dose for clinical trials...
March 8, 2018: Life Sciences
Dong-Xiao Li, Xi-Yuan Li, Hui Dong, Yu-Peng Liu, Yuan Ding, Jin-Qing Song, Ying Jin, Yao Zhang, Qiao Wang, Yan-Ling Yang
BACKGROUND: Classical homocystinuria (homocysteinemia type 1, MIM# 236200) is a rare inherited disorder in Mainland China. This study aimed to identify mutations in the cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) gene which are associated with classical homocystinuria in nine Chinese patients. METHODS: Nine Chinese patients were diagnosed at the age of 5 years 4 months to 18 years by plasma total homocysteine and blood methionine determination. CBS gene analysis was performed for the patients and their families...
March 5, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Evgenia Sklirou, Uta Lichter-Konecki
Phenylketonuria is a defect in phenylalanine metabolism resulting in the excretion of phenylketones and severe intellectual disability. The principle of eliminating the offending amino acid from the diet as a successful treatment strategy was demonstrated. The development of a low methionine diet to treat homocystinuria was established after identifying the transsulfuration pathway resulting in cysteine synthesis. Both conditions are examples of disorders of amino acid metabolism. Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, a rare disorder of purine metabolism resulting in intellectual disability and self-injurious behavior, is a classical inborn error of metabolism...
April 2018: Pediatric Clinics of North America
Mark Johnson, Elaine Murphy, Amr Raheem, David Ralph
We report on the 1st case of ischemic priapism secondary to poorly controlled homocystinuria. Homocystinuria is a rare, autosomal recessive, inherited disorder of metabolism that is caused by a deficiency of cystathionine synthase, leading to marked hyperhomocysteinemia. Arterial and/or venous thromboemboli are a major cause of mortality and morbidity in patients with homocystinuria. Untreated patients have a 50% chance of having a vascular event by 30 years of age. Increased homocysteine levels have been reported to upregulate prothrombotic factors and downregulate antithrombotic factors; in particular, increased homocystinuria has been found to downregulate nitric oxide (NO)...
February 17, 2018: Sexual Medicine
Muhammad Umar Slote, Karima Karam Khan, Ausaf Ahmed Khan, Mohsin Nazir Butt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Tomas Majtan, Wendell Jones, Jakub Krijt, Insun Park, Warren D Kruger, Viktor Kožich, Steven Bassnett, Erez M Bublil, Jan P Kraus
Classical homocystinuria (HCU) is the most common inherited disorder of sulfur amino acid metabolism caused by deficiency in cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) activity and characterized by severe elevation of homocysteine in blood and tissues. Treatment with dietary methionine restriction is not optimal, and poor compliance leads to serious complications. We developed an enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) and studied its efficacy in a severe form of HCU in mouse (the I278T model). Treatment was initiated before or after the onset of clinical symptoms in an effort to prevent or reverse the phenotype...
December 19, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Sheng-Jun Wang, Chuan-Zhu Yan, Yi-Ming Liu, Yu-Ying Zhao
The Cobalamin C deficiency (cblC), characterized with elevated methylmalonic acidemia and homocystinuria in plasma, is an inborn error of cobalamin metabolism. The late-onset cblC siblings patients were rarely reported. In this study, we analyzed the clinical presentations and treatment outcomes of late-onset cblC in Chinese sibling patients with neuropsychiatric presentations. The clinical data of four pairs of Chinese patients were retrospectively analyzed. Serum homocysteine, urine organic acids measurements, neuroimaging exams and gene analysis were carried out in all patents...
January 26, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Soraia Poloni, Fernanda Sperb-Ludwig, Taciane Borsatto, Giovana Weber Hoss, Maria Juliana R Doriqui, Emília K Embiruçu, Ney Boa-Sorte, Charles Marques, Chong A Kim, Carolina Fischinger Moura de Souza, Helio Rocha, Marcia Ribeiro, Carlos E Steiner, Carolina A Moreno, Pricila Bernardi, Eugenia Valadares, Osvaldo Artigalas, Gerson Carvalho, Hector Y C Wanderley, Johanna Kugele, Melanie Walter, Lorena Gallego-Villar, Henk J Blom, Ida Vanessa D Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Classical homocystinuria (HCU) is a monogenic disease caused by the deficient activity of cystathionine β-synthase (CβS). The objective of this study was to identify the CBS mutations in Brazilian patients with HCU. METHODS: gDNA samples were obtained for 35 patients (30 families) with biochemically confirmed diagnosis of HCU. All exons and exon-intron boundaries of CBS gene were sequenced. Gene expression analysis by qRT-PCR was performed in six patients...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
David G Li, Cristina Thomas, Gil S Weintraub, Arash Mostaghimi
Symmetrical drug-related intertriginous and flexural exanthema (SDRIFE) is a cutaneous drug reaction characterized by erythema over the buttocks, thighs, groin, and flexural regions most commonly associated with the use of beta-lactam antibiotics. Although the exact pathophysiology of this disease remains unknown, it is theorized to be the result of a delayed hypersensitivity response presenting as a cutaneous eruption days to weeks after exposure to the drug. The treatment involves discontinuation of the suspected medication, symptomatic control of pruritus, and topical steroid therapy...
November 10, 2017: Curēus
Elena Voskoboeva, Alla Semyachkina, Maria Yablonskaya, Ekaterina Nikolaeva
We present the results of the 45-year clinical observation of 27 Russian homocystinuria patients. We made a mutation analysis of the CBS gene for thirteen patients from eleven unrelated genealogies. All patients except for the two were compound heterozygotes for the mutations detected. The most frequent mutation in the cohort investigated was splice mutation IVS11-2a->c. We detected one new nonsense mutation, one new missense-mutation and three novel small deletions. We also report the clinical case of the B6-responsive patient genotyped as Ile278Thr/Cys109Arg...
March 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
Ali Mazaheri, Neda Mostofizadeh, Mahin Hashemipour
Homocystinuria is the second most common treatable aminoacidopathy. Clinically, affected patients present with eye, skeleton, central nervous system, and most importantly, vascular system abnormalities. This autosomal recessive disorder leads to accumulation of homocysteine and its metabolites in the blood and urine. In this report, we present a case with clinical and biochemical findings of homocystinuria with stroke and a positive familial history of the disease in her brother. A 4-year-old girl was admitted to pediatric emergency ward because of acute onset of right hemiparesis and subsequent generalized tonic-clonic seizures...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
Paula Giménez-Mascarell, Tomas Majtan, Iker Oyenarte, June Ereño-Orbea, Juraj Majtan, Jaroslav Klaudiny, Jan P Kraus, Luis Alfonso Martínez-Cruz
Cystathionine β-synthase (CBS), the key enzyme in the transsulfuration pathway, links methionine metabolism to the biosynthesis of cellular redox controlling molecules. CBS catalyzes the pyridoxal-5'-phosphate-dependent condensation of serine and homocysteine to form cystathionine, which is subsequently converted into cysteine. Besides maintaining cellular sulfur amino acid homeostasis, CBS also catalyzes multiple hydrogen sulfide-generating reactions using cysteine and homocysteine as substrates. In mammals, CBS is activated by S-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet), where it can adopt two different conformations (basal and activated), but exists as a unique highly active species in fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
Sonia Quintas, Julio Dotor-García Soto, María Concepción Alonso-Cerezo, Maria Teresa Carreras
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Practical Neurology
Tomas Majtan, Angel L Pey, Paula Gimenez-Mascarell, Luis Alfonso Martínez-Cruz, Csaba Szabo, Viktor Kožich, Jan P Kraus
Classical homocystinuria (HCU) is the most common loss-of-function inborn error of sulfur amino acid metabolism. HCU is caused by a deficiency in enzymatic degradation of homocysteine, a toxic intermediate of methionine transformation to cysteine, chiefly due to missense mutations in the cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) gene. As with many other inherited disorders, the pathogenic mutations do not target key catalytic residues, but rather introduce structural perturbations leading to an enhanced tendency of the mutant CBS to misfold and either to form nonfunctional aggregates or to undergo proteasome-dependent degradation...
November 10, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Kenneth N Maclean, Hua Jiang, Stefanos Aivazidis, Eugene Kim, Colin T Shearn, Peter S Harris, Dennis R Petersen, Robert H Allen, Sally P Stabler, James R Roede
Cystathionine β-synthase-deficient homocystinuria (HCU) is a poorly understood, life-threatening inborn error of sulfur metabolism. Analysis of hepatic glutathione (GSH) metabolism in a mouse model of HCU demonstrated significant depletion of cysteine, GSH, and GSH disulfide independent of the block in trans-sulfuration compared with wild-type controls. HCU induced the expression of the catalytic and regulatory subunits of γ-glutamyl ligase, GSH synthase (GS), γ-glutamyl transpeptidase 1, 5-oxoprolinase (OPLAH), and the GSH-dependent methylglyoxal detoxification enzyme, glyoxalase-1...
November 3, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Muhammad Wasim, Fazli Rabbi Awan, Haq Nawaz Khan, Abdul Tawab, Mazhar Iqbal, Hina Ayesha
Inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs) are a group of inherited metabolic disorders which are caused by mutations in the specific genes that lead to impaired proteins or enzymes production. Different metabolic pathways are perturbed due to the deficiency or lack of enzymes. To date, more than 500 IEMs have been reported with most of them being untreatable. However, fortunately 91 such disorders are potentially treatable, if diagnosed at an earlier stage of life. IEMs have been classified into different categories and one class of IEMs, characterized by the physiological disturbances of amino acids is called as aminoacidopathies...
April 2018: Biochemical Genetics
Omar A AlShehri, Hashem Almarzouki, Badr A Alharbi, Mohammed Alqahtani, Khaled Allam
Introduction: Ectopia lentis is defined as a crystalline lens displacement, either partially or completely, due to zonular abnormalities. It can be a result of trauma, hereditary ocular disease, or part of systemic diseases, like Marfan syndrome and homocystinuria. Case description: We report a case of a medically free 16-year-old girl, who was referred to our hospital complaining of poor vision and a squint in both eyes since childhood. Her history included a traffic accident when she was one-year-old. She was previously diagnosed with alternating esotropia, which was treated with glasses, alternating patching, and bilateral Botox injections...
2017: GMS Ophthalmology Cases
Tomas Majtan, Insun Park, Erez M Bublil, Jan P Kraus
Skeletal and connective tissue defects are the most striking symptoms in patients suffering from classical homocystinuria (HCU). Here, we determined body composition and bone mass in three mouse models of HCU and assessed whether a long-term administration of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) corrected the phenotype. The mouse models of HCU were analyzed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and the data were complemented by plasma biochemical profiles. Both the mouse model lacking CBS (KO) and the one expressing human CBS mutant transgene on a mouse CBS null background (I278T) showed marked bone loss and decreased weight mostly due to a lower fat content compared with negative controls...
October 16, 2017: Human Mutation
Qiuxia Chen, Huaying Bao, Hongmei Wu, Sanlong Zhao, Songming Huang, Fei Zhao
The aim of the present study was to present the diagnosis and treatment course of a patient with cobalamin C deficiency (cblC) hospitalized with renal function abnormality from the onset. A female, 7-year-old patient who presented with a cough and progressive dyspnea for 1 day was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Nanjing Medical University (Nanjing, China). A routine clinical examination was performed, including physical examination, routine blood and urine tests, blood gas analysis, computed tomography scans of the head, chest and abdomen, electrocardiogram, echocardiography and abdominal ultrasonography...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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