Update on treatment of lysosomal storage diseases


Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) are a large group of disorders caused by a deficiency of specific enzymes responsible for the degradation of substances present in lysosomes. In the past few years, treatments for LSDs were non specific and could only cope with signs and symptoms of the diseases. A successful therapeutic approach to LSDs should instead address to the underlying causes of the diseases, thus helping the degradation of the accumulated metabolites in the various organs, and at the same time preventing their further deposition. One way is to see to an available source of the deficient enzyme: bone marrow transplantation, enzyme replacement therapy and gene therapy are based on this rationale. The purpose of substrate reduction therapy is to down regulate the formation of the lysosomal substance to a rate at which the residual enzyme activity can catabolize the stored and de novo produced lysosomal substrate. Chemical chaperone therapy is based on small molecules able to bind and stabilize the misfolded enzymes. This paper offers a historical overview on the therapeutic strategies for LSDs.

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