Ksenija Fumic

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We report studies of a Croatian boy, a proven case of human S-adenosylhomocysteine (AdoHcy) hydrolase deficiency. Psychomotor development was slow until his fifth month; thereafter, virtually absent until treatment was started. He had marked hypotonia with elevated serum creatine kinase and transaminases, prolonged prothrombin time and low albumin. Electron(More)
S-Adenosylhomocysteine (AdoHcy) hydrolase deficiency has been proven in a human only once, in a recently described Croatian boy. Here we report the clinical course and biochemical abnormalities of the younger brother of this proband. This younger brother has the same two mutations in the gene encoding AdoHcy hydrolase, and has been monitored since birth. We(More)
The frequency of apolipoprotein E (apo E) phenotypes and genotypes due to allelic variation at amino acids 112 and 158 was analysed in 50 children with type I diabetes. Phenotypes were determined by isoelectric focusing and genotypes by the technique of polymerase chain reaction using allele-specific oligonucleotide probes (PCR/ASO) and the amplification(More)
Pompe disease is an autosomal recessive disorder of glycogen metabolism caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA). It presents at any age, with variable rates of progression ranging from a rapidly progressive course, often fatal by one-year of age, to a more slowly, but nevertheless relentlessly progressive course,(More)
Primary systemic carnitine deficiency or carnitine uptake defect (OMIM 212140) is a potentially lethal, autosomal recessive disorder characterized by progressive infantile-onset cardiomyopathy, weakness, and recurrent hypoglycemic hypoketotic encephalopathy, which is highly responsive to L-carnitine therapy. Molecular analysis of the SLC22A5 (OCTN2) gene,(More)
Specific mutations in the gene encoding phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH), located on chromosome 12q22-24.1, are linked to tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4; sapropterin)-responsive phenylketonuria (PKU). Diagnosis is usually done through the newborn screening for PKU, followed by a BH4 loading test. So far, more than 60 mutant alleles, presenting with a substantial(More)
We present brain imaging and spectroscopy data in a neonate with a confirmed classic form of nonketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH), an autosomal-recessive metabolic disorder characterized by accumulation of glycine. To our knowledge, this is the first report of such complete analysis of the changes seen on conventional magnetic resonance imaging,(More)
Leber's hereditary optic neuroretinopathy (LHON) is manifested as a bilateral acute or subacute loss of central vision due to optic atrophy. It is linked to point mutations of mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited maternally. The most common mitochondrial DNA point mutations associated with LHON are G3460A, G11778A and T14484C. These mutations are linked(More)
Defects of the oxidative ATP production pathway lead to an amazing variety of disease phenotypes, ranging from childhood encephalomyopathies to hereditary tumor formation. A key enzyme of tricarboxylic cycle, fumarate hydratase (FH), is involved in encephalopathies, but also in leiomyoma formation, and occasionally also in various types of cancer. MELAS(More)
Although offered, two of our Hurler patients (OMIM 607014) had not undergone bone marrow transplantation at an early stage of their disease. Rapid disease progression had resulted in a range of signs and symptoms representative of advanced neurodegeneration and debilitating somatic Hurler disease. As general palliative care had only little impact on the(More)