Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 115–118 | Cite as

The use of natural and artificial substrates in the prenatal diagnosis of Krabbe's disease

  • G. T. N. Besley


Krabbe's disease was diagnosed prenatally using cultured amniotic fluid cells and the diagnosis confirmed using fetal brain, liver and cultured fetal skin fibroblasts. The enzyme defect was demonstrated by assay of galactocerebrosidase and lactocerebrosidase I, and by hydrolysis of the chromogenic analogue, 2-hexadecanoylamino-4-nitrophenyl-β-D-galactopyranoside. The relative merits of the three diagnostic methods are discussed.


Public Health Internal Medicine Metabolic Disease Diagnostic Method Amniotic Fluid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. T. N. Besley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PathologyRoyal Hospital for Sick ChildrenEdinburghScotland

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