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Cryptic residual GALT activity is a potential modifier of scholastic outcome in school age children with classic galactosemia.
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PMID:  23319291     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Classic galactosemia is a potentially lethal disorder that results from profound deficiency of galactose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase (GALT), the second enzyme in the Leloir pathway of galactose metabolism. Although early diagnosis and rigorous dietary restriction of galactose prevent or resolve the potentially lethal acute symptoms, patients are at markedly increased risk of long-term complications including significant cognitive, speech, and behavioral difficulties, among other problems. The mechanisms that underlie these long-term complications remain unclear, as do the factors that modify their severity. Here we explored the scholastic and behavioral outcomes experienced by a cohort of 54 school age children with classic galactosemia. Data collected included survey responses from parents and teachers, school records including standardized test scores, and GALT genotype data used to estimate predicted residual GALT activity based on a yeast expression system. As expected, many but not all of the children in our study demonstrated speech, scholastic, and behavioral difficulties. Perhaps most striking, we found that predicted cryptic residual GALT activity, often below the threshold of detection of clinical assays, appeared to modify scholastic outcome. These data raise the intriguing possibility that cryptic GALT activity might also influence the severity of other long-term complications in classic galactosemia.
Emily L Ryan; Mary Ellen Lynch; Elles Taddeo; Tyler J Gleason; Michael P Epstein; Judith L Fridovich-Keil
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of inherited metabolic disease     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-2665     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Inherit. Metab. Dis.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7910918     Medline TA:  J Inherit Metab Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Graduate Program in Biochemistry, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
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