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An Observational Study of Pediatric Subjects With Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy (GLD)

2014-07-23 21:09:44 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The objective of this study is to evaluate the natural history of disease progression in infants with globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD).

Description

This study is being conducted to gather prospective data on disease progression in infants diagnosed with GLD. This study will be performed using protocol-defined, standardized assessments including clinical, developmental, and neurologic measures. All study visits will be conducted in the subject's home. No travel to the study site is necessary.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective

Conditions

Leukodystrophy, Globoid Cell

Location

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Torrance
California
United States
90502

Status

Recruiting

Source

Shire Human Genetic Therapies, Inc.

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:09:44-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

An enzyme that hydrolyzes galactose from ceramide monohexosides. Deficiency of this enzyme may cause globoid cell leukodystrophy (LEUKODYSTROPHY, GLOBOID CELL). EC 3.2.1.46.

An autosomal recessive metabolic disorder caused by a deficiency of GALACTOSYLCERAMIDASE leading to intralysosomal accumulation of galactolipids such as GALACTOSYLCERAMIDES and PSYCHOSINE. It is characterized by demyelination associated with large multinucleated globoid cells, predominantly involving the white matter of the central nervous system. The loss of MYELIN disrupts normal conduction of nerve impulses.

Cerebrosides which contain as their polar head group a galactose moiety bound in glycosidic linkage to the hydroxyl group of ceramide. Their accumulation in tissue, due to a defect in beta-galactosidase, is the cause of galactosylceramide lipidosis or globoid cell leukodystrophy.

Enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of a phenol sulfate to yield a phenol and sulfate. Arylsulfatase A, B, and C have been separated. A deficiency of arylsulfatases is one of the causes of metachromatic leukodystrophy (LEUKODYSTROPHY, METACHROMATIC). EC 3.1.6.1.

An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of cerebroside 3-sulfate (sulfatide) to yield a cerebroside and inorganic sulfate. A marked deficiency of arylsulfatase A, which is considered the heat-labile component of cerebroside sulfatase, has been demonstrated in all forms of metachromatic leukodystrophy (LEUKODYSTROPHY, METACHROMATIC). EC 3.1.6.8.

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