Adenine Phosphoribosyltransferase Deficiency: Report of a Second Family
Recent advances in the understanding of human purine metabolism have been stimulated by the discovery of specific inborn errors of this pathway in man. In particular, the demonstration of the deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT) in the Lesch-Nyhan syndrome and in some patients with gout has contributed essential information on the regulation of purine biosynthesis de novo and on the critical role of this reutilization pathway in central nervous system function in man. The search for other disorders led to the description of a partial deficiency of adenine phosphoribosyltransferase (APRT) in four members in three generations of one family. Each of the subjects partially deficient in APRT exhibited a normal serum urate concentration and the propositus had a normal excretion of uric acid (Kelley, et al., 1968). We have investigated a second family partially deficient in APRT (Fox and Kelley, in press).
KeywordsUric Acid Central Nervous System Function Purine Biosynthesis Partial Deficiency Urinary Uric Acid
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