Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports

, 13:333

Neuromuscular Disorders of Glycogen Metabolism

  • Elisabetta Gazzerro
  • Antoni L. Andreu
  • Claudio Bruno
Nerve and Muscle (M Hirano and LH Weimer, Section Editors)

DOI: 10.1007/s11910-012-0333-0

Cite this article as:
Gazzerro, E., Andreu, A.L. & Bruno, C. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep (2013) 13: 333. doi:10.1007/s11910-012-0333-0
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  1. Topical Collection on Nerve and Muscle


Disorders of glycogen metabolism are inborn errors of energy homeostasis affecting primarily skeletal muscle, heart, liver, and, less frequently, the central nervous system. These rare diseases are quite variable in age of onset, symptoms, morbidity, and mortality. This review provides an update on disorders of glycogen metabolism affecting skeletal muscle exclusively or predominantly. From a pathogenetic perspective, we classify these diseases as primary, if the defective enzyme is directly involved in glycogen/glucose metabolism, or secondary, if the genetic mutation affects proteins which indirectly regulate glycogen or glucose processing. In addition to summarizing the most recent clinical reports in this field, we briefly describe animal models of human glycogen disorders. These experimental models are greatly improving the understanding of the pathogenetic mechanisms underlying the muscle degenerative process associated to these diseases and provide in vivo platforms to test new therapeutic strategies.


Glycogen metabolismGlycogen storage diseaseGlycogenosesCardiomyopathyVacuolar myopathyExercise intoleranceWeaknessGlycogeninGlycogen synthaseBranching enzymeDebrancherMyophosphorylasePhosphorylase b kinasePhosphofructokinasePhosphoglycerate kinasePhosphoglycerate mutaseDanon diseaseLaforinMalinPolyglucosanLafora bodiesAutophagySecond wind phenomenonAMP-activated protein kinase

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabetta Gazzerro
    • 1
  • Antoni L. Andreu
    • 2
  • Claudio Bruno
    • 1
  1. 1.Center of Myology, Pediatric Neurology Unit, Department of Neuroscience and RehabilitationG. Gaslini InstituteGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Laboratori de Patologia Mitocondrial i Neuromuscular, Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, Institut de Recerca (VHIR)Universitat Autonoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain