René Santer

University Medical Center Hamburg - Eppendorf, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: Pediatric movement disorders are still a diagnostic challenge, as many patients remain without a (genetic) diagnosis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) pattern recognition can lead to the diagnosis. MEGDEL syndrome (3-MethylGlutaconic aciduria, Deafness, Encephalopathy, Leigh-like syndrome MIM #614739) is a clinically and biochemically highly distinctive dystonia deafness syndrome accompanied by 3-methylglutaconic aciduria, severe developmental delay, and progressive spasticity. Mutations are found in SERAC1, encoding a phosphatidylglycerol remodeling enzyme essential for both mitochondrial function and intracellular cholesterol trafficking. Based on the homogenous phenotype, we hypothesized an accordingly characteristic MRI pattern. A total of 43 complete MRI studies of 30 patients were systematically reevaluated. All patients presented a distinctive brain MRI pattern with five characteristic disease stages affecting the basal ganglia, especially the putamen. In stage 1, T2 signal changes of the pallidum are present. In stage 2, swelling of the putamen and caudate nucleus is seen. The dorsal putamen contains an "eye" that shows no signal alteration and (thus) seems to be spared during this stage of the disease. It later increases, reflecting progressive putaminal involvement. This "eye" was found in all patients with MEGDEL syndrome during a specific age range, and has not been reported in other disorders, making it pathognomonic for MEDGEL and allowing diagnosis based on MRI findings. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.
    Neuropediatrics 02/2015; DOI:10.1055/s-0034-1399755 · 1.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) has been shown to improve outcome in classical infantile Pompe disease. The purpose of this study was to assess mortality, morbidity, and shortcomings of ERT in a larger cohort of patients treated outside clinical trials. To accomplish this, we retrospectively analyzed the data of all 23 subjects with classical infantile Pompe disease having started ERT in Germany between January 2003 and December 2010. Results: Ten patients (43%) deceased and four others (17%) became ventilator dependent. Seven infants (30.5%) made no motor progress at all, while seven (30.5%) achieved free sitting, and nine (39%) gained free walking. Besides all the seven patients (100%) attaining no improvement of motor functions, four out of the seven (57%) achieving to sit without support, and three out of the nine (33%) being able to walk independently, secondarily deteriorated, and died or became ventilator dependent. Sustained reduction of systolic function despite reversal of cardiac hypertrophy (n = 3), gastroesophageal reflux (n = 5), swallowing difficulties or failure to thrive (n = 11), recurrent pneumonias (n = 14), port system complications (n = 4), anesthesia-related incidents (n = 2), severe allergic reactions (n = 6), hearing loss (n = 3), and orthopedic deformities (n = 4) were problems frequently encountered. Conclusion: Although this study has important shortcomings due to its retrospective nature and because important variables potentially influencing outcome were not available for a substantial amount of patients, these data suggest that classical infantile Pompe disease still remains a life-threatening condition associated with high morbidity and often dismal prognosis. Currently, a relevant number of patients do not benefit definitely from ERT.
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    ABSTRACT: In humans, lack of phenylalanine hydroxylase (Pah) activity results in phenylketonuria (PKU), which is associated with the development of severe mental retardation after birth. The underlying mechanisms, however, are poorly understood. Mutations of the Pah gene in Pah(enu2/)c57bl6 mice result in elevated levels of phenylalanine in serum similar to those in humans suffering from PKU. In our study, long-term potentiation (LTP) and paired-pulse facilitation (PPF), measured at CA3-CA1 Schaffer collateral synapses, were impaired in acute hippocampal slices of Pah(enu2/)c57bl6 mice. In addition, we found reduced expression of presynaptic proteins, such as synaptophysin and the synaptosomal-associated protein 25 (SNAP 25), and enhanced expression of postsynaptic marker proteins, such as synaptopodin and spinophilin. Stereological counting of spine synapses at the ultrastructural level revealed higher synaptic density in the hippocampus, commencing at 3 weeks and persisting up to 12 weeks after birth. Consistent effects were seen in response to phenylalanine treatment in cultures of dissociated hippocampal neurons. Most importantly, in the hippocampus of Pah(enu2/)c57bl6 mice we found a significant reduction in microglia activity. Reorganization of hippocampal circuitry after birth, namely synaptic pruning, relies on elimination of weak synapses by activated microglia in response to neuronal activity. Hence, our data strongly suggest that reduced microglial activity in response to impaired synaptic transmission affects physiological postnatal remodelling of synapses in the hippocampus and may trigger the development of mental retardation in PKU patients after birth.
    Human Molecular Genetics 10/2014; 24(4). DOI:10.1093/hmg/ddu515 · 6.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Hepatorenal tyrosinaemia (Tyr 1) is a rare inborn error of tyrosine metabolism. Without treatment, patients are at high risk of developing acute liver failure, renal dysfunction and in the long run hepatocellular carcinoma. The aim of our study was to collect cross-sectional data.Methods Via questionnaires we collected retrospective data of 168 patients with Tyr 1 from 21 centres (Europe, Turkey and Israel) about diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and outcome. In a subsequent consensus workshop, we discussed data and clinical implications.ResultsEarly treatment by NTBC accompanied by diet is essential to prevent serious complications such as liver failure, hepatocellular carcinoma and renal disease. As patients may remain initially asymptomatic or develop uncharacteristic clinical symptoms in the first months of life newborn mass screening using succinylacetone (SA) as a screening parameter in dried blood is mandatory for early diagnosis. NTBC-treatment has to be combined with natural protein restriction supplemented with essential amino acids. NTBC dosage should be reduced to the minimal dose allowing metabolic control, once daily dosing may be an option in older children and adults in order to increase compliance. Metabolic control is judged by SA (below detection limit) in dried blood or urine, plasma tyrosine (<400 ¿M) and NTBC-levels in the therapeutic range (20¿40 ¿M). Side effects of NTBC are mild and often transient.Indications for liver transplantation are hepatocellular carcinoma or failure to respond to NTBC. Follow-up procedures should include liver and kidney function tests, tumor markers and imaging, ophthalmological examination, blood count, psychomotor and intelligence testing as well as therapeutic monitoring (SA, tyrosine, NTBC in blood).Conclusion Based on the data from 21 centres treating 168 patients we were able to characterize current practice and clinical experience in Tyr 1. This information could form the basis for clinical practice recommendations, however further prospective data are required to underpin some of the recommendations.
    Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 08/2014; 9(1):107. DOI:10.1186/s13023-014-0107-7 · 3.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: As patients with different types of mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) and mucolipidosis (ML) may present with overlapping clinical features - including coarse face, hepatosplenomegaly, bone dysplasia and claw-hand deformities, collectively also called 'MPS-like phenotype', enzymatic and/or molecular genetic analyses are indispensable for accurate diagnosis and applying specific therapy. In this prospective study, we screened patients with symptoms compatible with MPS for MPS I, II (males) and VI. Methods: Dried blood spots/specimens (DBS) were collected from 200 patients with an MPS-like phenotype and analysed for activities of α-iduronidase (IDUA), iduronate-2-sulphatase (IDS), and arylsulphatase B (ARSB), the enzymes deficient in mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) type I, II and VI, respectively. For the samples with pathologic enzyme activity, mutational analysis was carried out using the same DBS. Results: Based on enzymatic analysis of 200 DBS samples, a total of 45 (22.5%) showed low activity; 17 for MPS I (8.5%), 11 for MPS II (5.5%) and 9 for MPS VI (4.5%). Enzyme activities were suggestive for ML II/III in 8 (4.0%) cases. For 41 (91.1%) samples, DNA could be extracted from the filter paper. Mutations were identified in 11 (64.7%), 11 (100%), 9 (100%) and 5 (62.5%) patients putatively diagnosed biochemically with MPS I, II, VI, and ML II/III, respectively. Conclusions: DBS enzymatic analysis can be used to diagnose MPS/ML. Initial results should be confirmed by a second enzyme assay and/or by molecular genetic testing. Given the advantages of DBS over other sample types in terms of ease of collection, storage and transportation, DBS are particularly useful for screening patients with an MPS-like phenotype in regions lacking specialised laboratories. In order to ascertain the diagnosis in a large number of cases, patients should be assessed in parallel for at least MPS I, II and VI.
    05/2014; DOI:10.1007/8904_2014_308
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    ABSTRACT: Osteopetrosis is an inherited disorder of impaired bone resorption with the most commonly affected genes being CLCN7 and TCIRG1, encoding the Cl(-) /H(+) exchanger CLC-7 and the a3 subunit of the vacuolar H(+) -ATPase, respectively. We, and others have previously shown that the disease is frequently accompanied by osteomalacia, and that this additional pathology is also found in Tcirg1-deficient oc/oc mice. The remaining question was, whether osteoid enrichment is specifically associated with TCIRG1 inactivation, or whether CLCN7 mutations would also cause skeletal mineralization defects. Here we describe a complete osteologic assessment of one family carrying a novel mutation in CLCN7 (D145G), which impairs the activation and relaxation kinetics of the CLC-7 ion transporter. The two siblings carrying the mutation in the homozygous state displayed high bone mass, increased serum levels of bone formation markers, but no impairment of calcium homeostasis when compared to the other family members. Most importantly however, undecalcified processing of an iliac crest biopsy from one of the affected children clearly demonstrated a pathological increase of trabecular bone mass, but no signs of osteomalacia. Given the potential relevance of these findings we additionally performed undecalcified histology of iliac crest biopsies from seven additional cases with osteopetrosis caused by a mutation in TNFRSF11A (n = 1), CLCN7 (n = 3) or TCIRG1 (n = 3). Here we observed that all cases with TCIRG1-dependent osteopetrosis displayed severe osteoid accumulation and decreased calcium content within the mineralized matrix. In contrast, there was no detectable bone mineralization defect in the cases with TNFRSF11A- or CLCN7-dependent osteopetrosis. Taken together, our analysis demonstrates that CLCN7 and TCIRG1 mutations differentially affect bone matrix mineralization, and that there is a need to modify the current classification of osteopetrosis.
    Journal of bone and mineral research: the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 04/2014; 29(4). DOI:10.1002/jbmr.2100 · 6.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Combined D,L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria (DL-2HGA; OMIM #615182) is a rare neurometabolic disorder clinically characterized by muscular hypotonia, severe neurodevelopmental dysfunction, and intractable seizures associated with respiratory distress. Biochemically, DL-2HGA patients excrete increased amounts of D- and L-2-hydroxyglutarate (D2HG and L2HG, respectively), with predominance of D2HG, and α-ketoglutarate, and show a decrease in urinary citrate. Impaired function of the mitochondrial citrate carrier (CIC) due to pathogenic mutations within the SLC25A1 gene has been identified as the underlying molecular cause of the disease. CIC mediates efflux of the mitochondrial tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle intermediates citrate and isocitrate in exchange for cytosolic malate. Thus, depletion of cytosolic citrate as well as accumulation of citrate inside mitochondria have been considered to play a role in the pathophysiology of DL-2HGA. Here, we report for the first time on a patient with a genetically confirmed diagnosis of DL-2HGA and treatment with either malate or citrate. During malate treatment, urinary malate concentration increased, but beyond that, neither biochemical nor clinical alterations were observed. In contrast, treatment with citrate led to an increased urinary excretion of TCA cycle intermediates malate and succinate, and by trend to an increased concentration of urinary citrate. Furthermore, excretion of D2HG and L2HG was reduced during citrate treatment. Clinically, the patient showed stabilization with regard to frequency and severity of seizures. Treating DL-2HGA with citrate should be considered in other DL-2HGA patients, and its effects should be studied systematically.
    Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease 04/2014; 37(5). DOI:10.1007/s10545-014-9702-y · 4.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Deoxyguanosine kinase (DGUOK) deficiency is a well-known cause of hepatocerebral mitochondrial DNA depletion syndromes, which include a broad spectrum of clinical presentations. Affected patients often develop life-threatening liver failure, but the benefits of liver transplantation (LTx) are controversial because of frequent severe neurological involvement due to underlying mitochondrial disease. We describe the long-term clinical course of two patients from our institution and give an update on outcomes after LTx in this condition. A further 12 pediatric patients were identified with a systematic search of the literature. All 14 reported patients were transplanted in infancy, despite mild to moderate neurological impairment in some cases. The two DGUOK-deficient patients from our center displayed liver failure and mild to moderate neurological involvement, and have been followed now for five and eight years after LTx respectively. Both patients are alive; they have only mild neurological symptoms. Among the twelve patients identified by the literature review, three have survived long-term (17, 12, and 23 years), eight died during early follow-up, and for one patient no follow-up information was available. The 1-year survival rate was 64%; 36% survived for more than five years. The long-term survivors had a good quality of life. Although survival after LTx for DGUOK deficiency is lower than for other indications, a significant proportion of patients benefit from LTx with long-term survival and a stable neurological situation, in spite of initial neurological abnormalities. Nevertheless, a decision to carry out LTx in patients with DGUOK deficiency remains difficult because neurological symptoms may occur and worsen after LTx, despite their absence prior to transplantation. Liver Transpl , 2014. © 2014 AASLD.
    Liver Transplantation 04/2014; 20(4). DOI:10.1002/lt.23830 · 3.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Defective nectin-1 and -4 have been implicated in ectodermal dysplasia (ED) syndromes with variably associated features including orofacial and limb defects. In particular, nectin-1 mutations cause cleft lip/palate ED (CLPED1; OMIM#225060), while defective nectin-4 is associated with ED-syndactyly syndrome (EDSS1; OMIM#613573). Although the broad phenotypic overlap suggests a common mode of action of nectin-1 and -4, little is known about the pathogenic mechanisms involved. We report the identification of a previously undescribed nectin-4 homozygous p.Val242Met missense mutation in a patient with EDSS1. We used patient skin biopsy and primary keratinocytes, as well as nectin-4 ectopic expression in epithelial cell lines, to characterize functional consequences of p.Val242Met and p.Thr185Met mutations, the latter previously identified in compound heterozygosity with a truncating mutation. We show that nectin-4 altered expression perturbs nectin-1 clustering at keratinocyte contact sites and delays, but does not impede, cell-cell aggregation and cadherin recruitment at adherens junctions (AJ). Moreover, trans-interaction of nectin-1 and -4 induces the activation of Rac1, a member of the Rho family of small GTPases, and regulates E-cadherin-mediated cell-cell adhesion. These data outline a synergistic action of nectin-1 and -4 in the early steps of AJ formation and implicate this interaction in modulating Rac1-signaling pathway.Journal of Investigative Dermatology accepted article preview online, 27 February 2014; doi:10.1038/jid.2014.119.
    Journal of Investigative Dermatology 02/2014; 134(8). DOI:10.1038/jid.2014.119 · 6.37 Impact Factor
  • Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 02/2014; 111(2):S72-S73. DOI:10.1016/j.ymgme.2013.12.165 · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mucolipidosis type II (MLII) is a severe multi-systemic genetic disorder caused by missorting of lysosomal proteins and the subsequent lysosomal storage of undegraded macromolecules. Although affected children develop disabling skeletal abnormalities, their pathogenesis is not understood. Here we report that MLII knock-in mice, recapitulating the human storage disease, are runted with accompanying growth plate widening, low trabecular bone mass and cortical porosity. Intralysosomal deficiency of numerous acid hydrolases results in accumulation of storage material in chondrocytes and osteoblasts, and impaired bone formation. In osteoclasts, no morphological or functional abnormalities are detected whereas osteoclastogenesis is dramatically increased in MLII mice. The high number of osteoclasts in MLII is associated with enhanced osteoblastic expression of the pro-osteoclastogenic cytokine interleukin-6, and pharmacological inhibition of bone resorption prevented the osteoporotic phenotype of MLII mice. Our findings show that progressive bone loss in MLII is due to the presence of dysfunctional osteoblasts combined with excessive osteoclastogenesis. They further underscore the importance of a deep skeletal phenotyping approach for other lysosomal diseases in which bone loss is a prominent feature.
    EMBO Molecular Medicine 12/2013; 5(12). DOI:10.1002/emmm.201302979 · 8.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase (FBP) deficiency is an autosomal-recessive disorder of gluconeogenesis resulting from mutations within the FBP1 gene. During periods of trivial illness, individuals with FBP deficiency may develop ketotic hypoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, lactic acidemia, and an increased anion gap. Although detection of urinary excretion of glycerol by urine organic acid analysis has been previously described, the presence of transient pseudo-hypertriglyceridemia in serum during metabolic decompensation has not been reported before. This study describes four consanguineous Pakistani families, in which four patients were diagnosed with FBP deficiency. All showed transient pseudo-hypertriglyceridemia during the acute phase of metabolic decompensation, which resolved in a metabolically stable phase. Mutations in the FBP1 gene have been described from various ethnicities, but there is very limited literature available for the Pakistani population. This study also describes one novel mutation in the FBP1 gene which seems to be prevalent in Pakistani-Indian patients. Conclusion: As a result of this study, transient pseudo-hypertriglyceridemia should be added to glyceroluria, ketotic hypoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, and lactic acidosis as a useful biochemical marker of FBP deficiency.
    European Journal of Pediatrics 07/2013; 172(9). DOI:10.1007/s00431-013-2084-6 · 1.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Urea cycle disorders (UCDs) are inherited disorders of ammonia detoxification often regarded as mainly of relevance to pediatricians. Based on an increasing number of case studies it has become obvious that a significant number of UCD patients are affected by their disease in a non-classical way: presenting outside the newborn period, following a mild course, presenting with unusual clinical features, or asymptomatic patients with only biochemical signs of a UCD. These patients are surviving into adolescence and adulthood, rendering this group of diseases clinically relevant to adult physicians as well as pediatricians. In preparation for an international workshop we collected data on all patients with non-classical UCDs treated by the participants in 20 European metabolic centres. Information was collected on a cohort of 208 patients 50% of which were ≥ 16 years old. The largest subgroup (121 patients) had X-linked ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD) of whom 83 were female and 29% of these were asymptomatic. In index patients, there was a mean delay from first symptoms to diagnosis of 1.6 years. Cognitive impairment was present in 36% of all patients including female OTCD patients (in 31%) and those 41 patients identified presymptomatically following positive newborn screening (in 12%). In conclusion, UCD patients with non-classical clinical presentations require the interest and care of adult physicians and have a high risk of neurological complications. To improve the outcome of UCDs, a greater awareness by health professionals of the importance of hyperammonemia and UCDs, and ultimately avoidance of the still long delay to correctly diagnose the patients, is crucial.
    Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease 06/2013; 37(1). DOI:10.1007/s10545-013-9624-0 · 4.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Krebs cycle is of fundamental importance for the generation of the energetic and molecular needs of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Both enantiomers of metabolite 2-hydroxyglutarate are directly linked to this pivotal biochemical pathway and are found elevated not only in several cancers, but also in different variants of the neurometabolic disease 2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria. Recently we showed that cancer-associated IDH2 germline mutations cause one variant of 2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria. Complementary to these findings, we now report recessive mutations in SLC25A1, the mitochondrial citrate carrier, in 12 out of 12 individuals with combined D-2- and L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria. Impaired mitochondrial citrate efflux, demonstrated by stable isotope labeling experiments and the absence of SLC25A1 in fibroblasts harboring certain mutations, suggest that SLC25A1 deficiency is pathogenic. Our results identify defects in SLC25A1 as a cause of combined D-2- and L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria.
    The American Journal of Human Genetics 04/2013; 92(4):627-31. DOI:10.1016/j.ajhg.2013.03.009 · 10.99 Impact Factor
  • Neuropediatrics 03/2013; 44(02). DOI:10.1055/s-0033-1337793 · 1.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Propionic acidemia is an inherited disorder caused by deficiency of propionyl-CoA carboxylase. Although it is one of the most frequent organic acidurias, information on the outcome of affected individuals is still limited.Study design/methods: Clinical and outcome data of 55 patients with propionic acidemia from 16 European metabolic centers were evaluated retrospectively. 35 patients were diagnosed by selective metabolic screening while 20 patients were identified by newborn screening. Endocrine parameters and bone age were assessed. In addition, IQ testing was performed and the patients' and their families' quality of life was assessed. RESULTS: The vast majority of patients (>85%) presented with metabolic decompensation in the neonatal period. Asymptomatic individuals were the exception. About three quarters of the study population was mentally retarded, median IQ was 55. Apart from neurologic symptoms, complications comprised hematologic abnormalities, cardiac diseases, feeding problems and impaired growth. Most patients considered their quality of life high. However, according to the parents' point of view psychic problems were four times more common in propionic acidemia patients than in healthy controls. CONCLUSION: Our data show that the outcome of propionic acidemia is still unfavourable, in spite of improved clinical management. Many patients develop long-term complications affecting different organ systems. Impairment of neurocognitive development is of special concern. Nevertheless, self-assessment of quality of life of the patients and their parents yielded rather positive results.
    Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 01/2013; 8(1):6. DOI:10.1186/1750-1172-8-6 · 3.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Urea cycle disorders (UCDs) are inborn errors of ammonia detoxification/arginine synthesis due to defects affecting the catalysts of the Krebs-Henseleit cycle (five core enzymes, one activating enzyme and one mitochondrial ornithine/citrulline antiporter) with an estimated incidence of 1:8.000. Patients present with hyperammonemia either shortly after birth (~50%) or, later at any age, leading to death or to severe neurological handicap in many survivors. Despite the existence of effective therapy with alternative pathway therapy and liver transplantation, outcomes remain poor. This may be related to underrecognition and delayed diagnosis due to the nonspecific clinical presentation and insufficient awareness of health care professionals because of disease rarity. These guidelines aim at providing a trans-European consensus to: guide practitioners, set standards of care and help awareness campaigns. To achieve these goals, the guidelines were developed using a Delphi methodology, by having professionals on UCDs across seven European countries to gather all the existing evidence, score it according to the SIGN evidence level system and draw a series of statements supported by an associated level of evidence. The guidelines were revised by external specialist consultants, unrelated authorities in the field of UCDs and practicing pediatricians in training. Although the evidence degree did not exceed level C (evidence from non-analytical studies like case reports and series), it was sufficient to guide practice on both acute and chronic presentations, address diagnosis, management, monitoring, outcomes, and psychosocial and ethical issues. Also, it identified knowledge voids that must be filled by future research. We believe these guidelines will help to: harmonise practice, set common standards and spread good practices with a positive impact on the outcomes of UCD patients.
    Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 05/2012; 7(1):32. DOI:10.1186/1750-1172-7-32 · 3.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Isolated 3-methylcrotonyl-CoA carboxylase (MCC) deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder of leucine metabolism caused by mutations in MCCC1 or MCCC2 encoding the alpha and beta subunit of MCC, respectively. The phenotype is highly variable ranging from acute neonatal onset with fatal outcome to asymptomatic adults. METHODS: We report clinical, biochemical, enzymatic and mutation data of 88 MCC deficient individuals, 53 identified by newborn screening, 26 diagnosed due to clinical symptoms or positive family history and 9 mothers, identified following the positive newborn screening result of their baby. RESULTS: Fifty-seven percent of patients were asymptomatic while 43% showed clinical symptoms, many of which were probably not related to MCC deficiency but due to ascertainment bias. However, 12 patients (5 of 53 identified by newborn screening) presented with acute metabolic decompensations. We identified 15 novel MCCC1 and 16 novel MCCC2 mutant alleles. Additionally, we report expression studies on 3 MCCC1 and 8 MCCC2 mutations and show an overview of all 132 MCCC1 and MCCC2 variants known to date. CONCLUSIONS: Our data confirm that MCC deficiency, despite low penetrance, may lead to a severe clinical phenotype resembling classical organic acidurias. However, neither the genotype nor the biochemical phenotype is helpful in predicting the clinical course.
    Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 05/2012; 7(1):31. DOI:10.1186/1750-1172-7-31 · 3.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Typical cases of glucose transporter-1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1-DS) present with early-onset epilepsy. We report symptoms, diagnostic results, and effects of therapy in two patients diagnosed with GLUT1-DS at the age of 10 and 15 years, respectively. Patient 1: After four cerebral seizures in the first 2 years of life the patient was seizure-free but showed a complex movement disorder, expressive speech disorder, and mental retardation. Ratio of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to blood glucose was 0.41 (reference range 0.65 ± 0.1), molecular genetic testing confirmed GLUT1 deficiency with the novel pathogenic mutation c.1377dupC (p.Phe460LeufsX3) in the SLC2A1 gene. Following 9 months of ketogenic diet started at the age of 10 years, there was distinct improvement of speech and movement disorder. Patient 2 showed pharmacorefractive epilepsy, mental retardation, and a mild movement disorder. At the age of 15 years, extensive intake of food with high fat content was observed. Ratio of CSF to blood glucose was 0.41 (reference range 0.65 ± 0.1). The pathogenic mutation c.634C>T (p.Arg212Cys) was found in the SLC2A1 gene. Self-induced high-fat diet can be a hint toward GLUT1-DS. Ketogenic diet can be beneficial even when started in late childhood, although it may take several months to achieve a positive effect.
    Neuropediatrics 05/2012; 43(3):168-71. DOI:10.1055/s-0032-1315433 · 1.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Deficiency of propionyl CoA carboxylase (PCC), a dodecamer of alpha and beta subunits, causes inherited propionic acidemia. We have studied, at the molecular level, PCC in 54 patients from 48 families comprised of 96 independent alleles. These patients of various ethnic backgrounds came from research centers and hospitals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The thorough clinical characterization of these patients was described in the accompanying paper (Grünert et al. 2012). In all 54 patients, many of whom originated from consanguineous families, the entire PCCB gene was examined by genomic DNA sequencing and in 39 individuals the PCCA gene was also studied. In three patients we found mutations in both PCC genes. In addition, in many patients RT-PCR analysis of lymphoblast RNA, lymphoblast enzyme assays, and expression of new mutations in E.coli were carried out. Eight new and eight previously detected mutations were identified in the PCCA gene while 15 new and 13 previously detected mutations were found in the PCCB gene. One missense mutation, p.V288I in the PCCB gene, when expressed in E.coli, yielded 134% of control activity and was consequently classified as a polymorphism in the coding region. Numerous new intronic polymorphisms in both PCC genes were identified. This study adds a considerable amount of new molecular data to the studies of this disease.
    Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease 01/2012; 35(1):51-63. DOI:10.1007/s10545-011-9399-0 · 4.14 Impact Factor

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  • 2005–2015
    • University Medical Center Hamburg - Eppendorf
      • Department of Paediatrics
      Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1997–2013
    • University of Iowa Children's Hospital
      Iowa City, Iowa, United States
  • 2003–2011
    • University of Hamburg
      • Department of Paediatrics
      Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2004–2009
    • Medical School Hamburg
      Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1993–2003
    • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
      • UKSH Klinik für Allgemeine Pädiatrie
      Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • 1998
    • University Children's Hospital Basel
      Bâle, Basel-City, Switzerland
  • 1996
    • Kantonsspital Liestal
      Liestal, Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland
  • 1994
    • Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
      München, Bavaria, Germany