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Mevalonate kinase deficiency in a child with cerebellar ataxia, hypotonia and mevalonic aciduria

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Abstract

Mevalonate kinase deficiency has been documented in an 8-year-old child who presented with cerebellar ataxia, hypotonia and mevalonic aciduria. The activity of mevalonate kinase in extracts of cultured skin fibroblasts derived from the patient was approximately 2% of the mean value for controls. Family studies were carried out on the mother, the father and a sister, all of whom were clinically well. Mevalonate kinase activity in extracts of cultured skin fibroblasts and transformed lymphoblasts derived from the parents of the patient were 43%–52% of the mean control values. These data are consistent with an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance for mevalonate kinase deficiency.

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Gibson, K.M., Hoffmann, G., Nyhan, W.L. et al. Mevalonate kinase deficiency in a child with cerebellar ataxia, hypotonia and mevalonic aciduria. Eur J Pediatr 148, 250–252 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00441413

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Key words

  • Mevalonate kinase deficiency
  • Mevalonic aciduria
  • Heterozygote
  • Autosomal-recessive inheritance
  • Cholesterol bisoynthesis