Impaired Maturation of Peroxisomal ß-oxidation Enzymes in Fibroblasts from Patients with the Zellweger Syndrome and Infantile Refsum Disease

  • A. W. Schram
  • A. Strijland
  • T. Hashimoto
  • R. J. A. Wanders
  • R. B. H. Schutgens
  • H. van den Bosch
  • J. M. Tager
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In 1973, Goldfischer et al.1 discovered that morphologically distinct peroxisomes are absent in liver and kidney of patients with the cerebrohepato-renal (Zellweger) syndrome, an inherited disease usually leading to death within the first year of life. Peroxisomes are also greatly reduced in number in cultured skin fibroblasts from patients with the classic form of the Zellweger syndrome2. The deficiency of peroxisomes is accompanied by a number of biochemical abnormalities, including an accumulation in tissues and/or body fluids of very long chain fatty acids3 and a deficiency in tissues of plasmalogens4. These biochemical abnormalities are in accordance with recent findings showing that peroxisomes play an essential role in the oxidation of very long chain fatty acids5 and biosynthesis of ether phospholipids6.


Biochemical Abnormality Dihydroxyacetone Phosphate Culture Skin Fibroblast Zellweger Syndrome Peroxisomal Enzyme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. W. Schram
    • 1
  • A. Strijland
    • 1
  • T. Hashimoto
    • 2
  • R. J. A. Wanders
    • 3
  • R. B. H. Schutgens
    • 3
  • H. van den Bosch
    • 4
  • J. M. Tager
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of BiochemistryUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryShinshu University School of MedicineAsahiJapan
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsUniversity Hosptial AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Laboratory of BiochemistryUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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