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All reported mutations in ALAS2, which encodes the rate-regulating enzyme of erythroid heme biosynthesis, cause X-linked sideroblastic anemia. We describe eight families with ALAS2 deletions, either c.1706-1709 delAGTG (p.E569GfsX24) or c.1699-1700 delAT (p.M567EfsX2), resulting in frameshifts that lead to replacement or deletion of the 19-20 C-terminal(More)
Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) is an inherited disorder of the haem metabolic pathway characterised by accumulation of protoporphyrin in blood, erythrocytes and tissues, and cutaneous manifestations of photosensitivity. EPP has been reported worldwide, with prevalence between 1:75,000 and 1:200,000. It usually manifests in early infancy upon the first(More)
The hereditary porphyrias comprise a group of eight metabolic disorders of the heme biosynthesis pathway. Each porphyria is caused by abnormal function at a separate enzymatic step resulting in a specific accumulation of heme precursors. Porphyrias are classified as hepatic or erythropoietic, based on the organ system in which heme precursors(More)
The gene coding for the D2 dopamine receptor (DRD2) is considered as one of the most relevant candidate genes in schizophrenia. Previous genetic studies focusing on this gene yielded conflicting results, for example because of differences in methodology (linkage versus association studies) and variability in the loci analyzed (the DRD2 gene having many(More)
Retrospective estimates of the prevalence of porphyrias have been reported but there has been no large scale prospective study of their incidence. The European Porphyria Network collected information prospectively over a 3 year period about the number of newly diagnosed symptomatic patients with an inherited porphyria (335 patients from 11 countries).(More)
BACKGROUND Dual porphyrias are characterized by two independent disturbances of porphyrin metabolism. PATIENT AND METHODS At first a porphyria cutanea tarda was diagnosed in a 26-year-old female with back pain and red urine. Later a hereditary coproporphyria was ascertained by additional examinations. The metabolites of porphyrin metabolism were analyzed(More)
Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is a low-penetrant autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in the porphobilinogen deaminase gene (PBGD). Nearly 60% of all Swiss AIP patients carry a nonsense mutation W283X (G(7916)-->A). In France, the prevalence of W283X is <5%. To determine whether W283X was a founder mutation or originated from multiple de(More)
Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) is an inherited disorder of heme biosynthesis caused by a partial deficiency of ferrochelatase (FECH, EC EPP is transmitted as an autosomal dominant disorder with an incomplete penetrance. Using haplotype segregation analysis, we have identified an intronic single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), IVS3-48T/C, that(More)
Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) is an inherited disorder of heme biosynthesis that results from a partial deficiency of ferrochelatase (FECH). Recently, we have shown that the inheritance of the common hypomorphic IVS3-48C allele trans to a deleterious mutation reduces FECH activity to below a critical threshold and accounts for the photosensitivity(More)
The human ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter ABCB6 has been described as a mitochondrial porphyrin transporter essential for heme biosynthesis, but it is also suspected to contribute to anticancer drug resistance, as do other ABC transporters located at the plasma membrane. We identified ABCB6 as the genetic basis of the Lan blood group antigen(More)