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Francyne Kubaski, Harumi Osago, Robert W Mason, Seiji Yamaguchi, Hironori Kobayashi, Mikako Tsuchiya, Tadao Orii, Shunji Tomatsu
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are long blocks of negatively charged polysaccharides. They are one of the major components of the extracellular matrix and play multiple roles in different tissues and organs. The accumulation of undegraded GAGs causes mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). GAGs are associated with other pathological conditions such as osteoarthritis, inflammation, diabetes mellitus, spinal cord injury, and cancer. The need for further understanding of GAG functions and mechanisms of action boosted the development of qualitative and quantitative (alcian blue, toluidine blue, paper and thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography, high pressure liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, 1,9-dimethylmethylene blue, enzyme linked-immunosorbent assay, mass spectrometry) techniques...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Francyne Kubaski, Robert W Mason, Akiko Nakatomi, Haruo Shintaku, Li Xie, Naomi N van Vlies, Heather Church, Roberto Giugliani, Hironori Kobayashi, Seiji Yamaguchi, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Tadao Orii, Toshiyuki Fukao, Adriana M Montaño, Shunji Tomatsu
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are a group of inborn errors of metabolism that are progressive and usually result in irreversible skeletal, visceral, and/or brain damage, highlighting a need for early diagnosis. METHODS: This pilot study analyzed 2862 dried blood spots (DBS) from newborns and 14 DBS from newborn patients with MPS (MPS I, n = 7; MPS II, n = 2; MPS III, n = 5). Disaccharides were produced from polymer GAGs by digestion with chondroitinase B, heparitinase, and keratanase II...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
William I Wooten, Marianne S Muhlebach, Joseph Muenzer, Ceila E Loughlin, Bradley V Vaughn
Mucolipidosis II (Inclusion cell or I-cell disease) is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder clinically comparable to the mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), characterized by progressive respiratory and neurologic deterioration. Sleep problems, especially obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and disrupted sleep architecture, are observed in other lysosomal storage diseases but have not been described in mucolipidosis II. We report the progression of polysomnographic abnormalities in a child with mucolipidosis II, demonstrated by worsening sleep-related hypoventilation, OSA, and sleep state fragmentation despite advancing PAP therapy...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Ainslie L K Derrick-Roberts, Kavita Panir, Carmen E Pyragius, Krystyna H Zarrinkalam, Gerald J Atkins, Sharon Byers
Severe, progressive skeletal dysplasia is a major symptom of multiple mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) types. While a gene therapy approach initiated at birth has been shown to prevent the development of bone pathology in different animal models of MPS, the capacity to correct developed bone disease is unknown. In this study, ex vivo micro-computed tomography was used to demonstrate that bone mass and architecture of murine MPS VII L5 vertebrae were within the normal range at 1month of age but by 2months of age were significantly different to normal...
September 24, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Kaitlyn L Ohden, Susanne Pitz, Jane Ashworth, Augusto Magalhães, Diane R Marinho, Päivi Lindahl, Kristina Teär Fahnehjelm, C Gail Summers
OBJECTIVE: To describe visual outcomes after penetrating keratoplasty and deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty in patients with mucopolysaccharidoses. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of keratoplasty in consecutive patients from Brazil, England, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and the USA. All patients had corneal clouding due to mucopolysaccharidoses. Preoperative and postoperative visual outcome and ocular comorbidities were identified. Success was arbitrarily defined as any improvement in visual acuity or best-corrected visual acuity better than logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution 0...
September 28, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Flora Bacopoulou, Despoina Apostolaki, Roser Pons
OBJECTIVE: To report unusual gynaecological features associated with Sanfilippo syndrome, a rare progressive multisystem storage disorder. CASE: A 10-year-old adolescent girl with Sanfilippo syndrome type B, presented to the Center for Adolescent Medicine accompanied by her mother. Maternal anxiety was related to a palpable mass over the adolescent's external genitalia that had been causing her discomfort and exacerbation of her behavioural problems when wearing trousers...
October 2016: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
Fiona J Stewart, Andrew Bentley, Barbara K Burton, Nathalie Guffon, Susan L Hale, Paul R Harmatz, Susanne G Kircher, Pavan K Kochhar, John J Mitchell, Ursula Plöckinger, Sue Graham, Stephen Sande, Zlatko Sisic, Tracey A Johnston
The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS disorders) are rare inherited diseases associated with multi-organ accumulation of glycosaminoglycans, leading to musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiac, neurological, ophthalmological, otolaryngological, and gastrointestinal abnormalities. As a result of improvements in diagnosis, multi-disciplinary care, and therapies such as enzyme replacement therapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, an increasing number of patients with MPS are reaching adulthood and are involved in family planning...
September 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
Mimi C Tran, Joseph M Lam
Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs) are a group of inherited lysosomal storage disorders characterized by deficiencies in specific enzymes involved in the catabolism of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). These deficiencies cause excessive metabolites to accumulate in multiple organs. There are eight different MPS disorders, contributing to the wide variation in clinical presentation. Depending on the severity and subtype of the disease, some children live normal life spans, while others have a more grim prognosis. Children with MPS can present with neurologic, behavioral, skeletal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, or respiratory abnormalities...
September 7, 2016: Pediatric Dermatology
Christiane Auray-Blais, Pamela Lavoie, Shunji Tomatsu, Vassili Valayannopoulos, John J Mitchell, Julian Raiman, Maxime Beaudoin, Bruno Maranda, Joe T R Clarke
Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs) are a group of disorders resulting from primary defects in lysosomal enzymes involved in the degradation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Depending on the specific enzyme defect, the catabolism of one or more GAGs is blocked leading to accumulation in tissues and biological fluids. GAG measurements are important for high-risk screening, diagnosis, monitoring treatment efficacy, and patient follow up. The dimethylmethylene blue (DMB) spectrophotometric method commonly used in most biochemical genetics laboratories relies on a non-specific total GAG analysis which has led to false positive results, and even false negative results (mainly for MPS III and IV patients)...
September 14, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Christian J Hendriksz, Kenneth I Berger, Christina Lampe, Susanne G Kircher, Paul J Orchard, Rebecca Southall, Sarah Long, Stephen Sande, Jeffrey I Gold
The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) comprise a heterogeneous family of rare, genetic lysosomal storage disorders that result in severe morbidity and reduced life expectancy. Emerging treatments for several of these disorders have triggered the search for clinically relevant biomarkers and clinical markers associated with treatment efficacy in populations and individuals. However, biomedical measures do not tell the whole story when characterizing a complex chronic disorder such as MPS. Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) tools that utilize patient reported outcomes to address patient parameters such as symptoms (pain, fatigue, psychological health), functioning (activity and limitations), or quality of life, have been used to supplement traditional biomedical endpoints...
2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Lillian M Lai, Ralph S Lachman
BACKGROUND: Although mucolipidosis type II has similar metabolic abnormalities to those found in all the mucopolysaccharidoses and mucolipidoses, there are distinctive diagnostic radiographic changes of mucolipidosis II in the perinatal/newborn/infant period. OBJECTIVE: To describe the early characteristic radiographic changes of mucolipidosis II and to document when these changes manifest and resolve. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed radiographs and clinical records of 19 cases of mucolipidosis II from the International Skeletal Dysplasia Registry (1971-present; fetal age to 2½ years)...
August 15, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
Ali Al Kaissi, Jochen Hofstaetter, Gerlinde Weigel, Franz Grill, Rudolf Ganger, Susanne Gerit Kircher
INTRODUCTION: A 13-year-old child was clinically diagnosed with mucopolysaccharidosis type VI-Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome (MPS VI) at the age of 5 years, and the diagnosis was confirmed biochemically and genetically (homozygous mutation in ARSB gene). At that time, his older brother manifested with increasing severe mental retardation. His urinary glycosaminoglycan excretion in urine was elevated, but there was only 1 mutation in the ARSB gene defining him as a healthy carrier of MPS VI. The 15-year-old boy was born with dysmorphic facial features, cleft lip and palate, and multiple contractures associated with profound skeletal deformities manifested, severe mental retardation, and seizures, leading to the diagnosis of cerebral palsy from birth on...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Christoph Kampmann, Christiane M Wiethoff, Ralf G Huth, Gundula Staatz, Eugen Mengel, Michael Beck, Stefan Gehring, Torsten Mewes, Tariq Abu-Tair
Several different lysosomal storage diseases, mainly mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) type I, II, and VI, are complicated by severe obstruction of the upper airways, tracheobronchial malacia, and/or stenosis of the lower airways. Although enzyme replacement therapies (ERTs) are available, the impact of these on tracheobronchial alterations has not been reported. By extending the life expectancy of MPS patients with ERTs, airway problems may become more prevalent at advanced ages. These airway abnormalities can result in severe, potentially fatal, difficulties during anesthetic procedures...
July 22, 2016: JIMD Reports
Zoran Gucev, Velibor Tasic, Momir Polenakovic
The 4th meeting on rare diseases in South Eastern Europe (SEE) was held in Skopje, at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MASA) on the 14(th) of November 2015. The focuses were metabolic, rare brain diseases as well as the rare dysmorphic syndrome. The authors of the report are particularly keen on stating that one of the main goals of the meeting, namely to help the treatment of patients with rare disease has begun to bear fruits. The talk on an iminosugar-based pharmacological chaperone compound as a drug candidate for the treatment of GM1-gangliosidosis and mucopolysaccharidosis IVB (Morquio disease type B) was enlightening...
2015: Prilozi (Makedonska Akademija Na Naukite i Umetnostite. Oddelenie za Medicinski Nauki)
D Meshach Paul, R Rajasekaran
Natowicz syndrome (mucopolysaccharidoses type 9) is a lysosomal storage disorder caused by deficient or defective human hyaluronidase 1. The disorder is not well studied at the molecular level. Therefore, a new in silico approach was proposed to study the molecular basis on which one clinically observed mutation, Glu268Lys, results in a defective enzyme. The native and mutant structures were subjected to comparative analyses using a conformational sampling approach for geometrical variables viz, RMSF, RMSD, and Ramachandran plot...
July 16, 2016: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
A Bruscolini, G M Amorelli, P Rama, A Lambiase, M La Cava, A Abbouda
Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are a heterogeneous group of rare inherited disorders, characterized by the lack or malfunction of lysosomal enzymes necessary for glycosaminoglycan (GAGs) catabolism, and their subsequent accumulation in many tissues and organs throughout the body. An overview of the current knowledge of corneal and anterior segment manifestations in patients with MPS was provided and clinical guidelines for their diagnosis and management were furnished. The anterior segment of the eye is usually involved in every subtype of MPS, with major complications including varying degrees of corneal opacification and raised intraocular pressure (IOP) with development of glaucoma...
July 15, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
Bradley C Johnston, Patricia A Miller, Arnav Agarwal, Sohail Mulla, Rabia Khokhar, Kyle De Oliveira, Christine L Hitchcock, Behnam Sadeghirad, Mukarram Mohiuddin, Nigar Sekercioglu, Michal Seweryn, Magdalena Koperny, Malgorzata M Bala, Thomasin Adams-Webber, Alicia Granados, Alaa Hamed, Mark W Crawford, Ans T van der Ploeg, Gordon H Guyatt
OBJECTIVES: To explore the responsiveness of patient reported outcomes (PROs) in interventional studies involving patients with rare lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: We searched eight databases for experimental and non-experimental studies. Pairs of trained reviewers independently screened articles and subsequently extracted data from the eligible studies. Among studies with 10 or more patients employing a valid PRO, we assessed the responsiveness of PROs based on a re-analysis of the data using minimal important difference estimates...
July 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Salvatore Torre, Mauro Scarpelli, Alessandro Salviati, Ebba Buffone, Giuseppe Faggian, Giovanni Battista Luciani
Open-heart operations in patients with mucopolysaccharidoses are exceedingly rare and pose distinct clinical challenges. Few reports exist of valve replacement in type VI mucopolysaccharidosis, mostly entailing combined mitral and aortic valve replacement. Here reported is the case of a young woman with mitral and aortic valve disease, in whom the surgical procedure was confined to the aortic valve. The rationale behind this strategy, particularly in light of the benefits offered by specific enzyme replacement therapy of type VI mucopolysaccharidosis, is discussed...
July 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Radha Rama Devi Akella, Srilatha Kadali
BACKGROUND: Amniotic fluid glycosaminoglycan estimation is a useful marker in fetuses affected with mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). Although known for long, it is not widely used in the prenatal diagnosis. With the availability of more reliable analytical testing and knowledge of normal levels at specific gestations, amniotic fluid glycosaminoglycan at 16-22weeks of gestation can be a useful biomarker in the prenatal diagnosis of MPS. METHODS: Forty-one women with normal pregnancies were tested for glycosaminoglycan levels in the amniotic fluid and 8 pregnancies with known family history of MPS were tested by sulphated glycosaminoglycan assay...
September 1, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Ryuichi Mashima, Eri Sakai, Misa Tanaka, Motomichi Kosuga, Torayuki Okuyama
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) play important roles on the regulation of extracellular signaling, neuronal development, and cartilage maintenance. The extracellular concentration of total GAGs has been used as an established measure for the diagnosis of mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs). Heparan sulfate (HS), Dermatan sulfate (DS) and chondroitin sulfate are known to be elevated in the GAGs under pathological conditions associated with MPS. Furthermore, the selective accumulation of disease-specific one of, or a combination of, them has also been used for the estimation of subtypes of MPS...
June 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
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