Linda Berná

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The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the prevalence of lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) in the Czech Republic. The data on cases diagnosed between 1975 and 2008 were collected and analyzed. The overall prevalence of LSDs in the Czech population (12.25 per 100,000) is comparable to that reported for the countries with well-established and(More)
Uromodulin (UMOD) malfunction has been found in a range of autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial nephropathies associated with hyperuricaemia, gouty arthritis, medullary cysts and renal failure—labelled as familial juvenile hyperuricaemic nephropathy, medullary cystic disease type 2 and glomerulocystic kidney disease. To gain knowledge of the spectrum of(More)
Prosaposin deficiency (pSap-d) and saposin B deficiency (SapB-d) are both lipid storage disorders caused by mutations in the PSAP gene that codes for the 65-70 kDa prosaposin protein, which is the precursor for four sphingolipid activator proteins, saposins A-D. We report on two new patients with PSAP gene defects; one, with pSap-d, who had a severe(More)
An infant presented with multifocal myoclonus and cyanotic hypoxemia immediately after birth, and severe feeding problems, a protein-losing enteropathy, massive ascites and grand-mal epilepsy marked his rapid downhill course, with death at 17 weeks. At 2 weeks, brain MRI revealed grey matter heterotopias in the parieto-occipital regions suggestive of a(More)
A fatal infantile storage disorder with hepatosplenomegaly and severe neurological disease is described. Sphingolipids, including monohexosylceramides (mainly glucosylceramide), dihexosylceramides (mainly lactosylceramide), globotriaosyl ceramide, sulphatides, ceramides and globotetraosyl ceramide, were stored in the tissues. In general, cholesterol and(More)
The function and intracellular delivery of enzyme therapeutics for Fabry disease were studied in cultured fibroblasts and in the biopsied tissues of two male patients to show diversity of affected cells in response to treatment. In the mutant fibroblasts cultures, the final cellular level of endocytosed recombinant α-galactosidases A (agalsidases,(More)
Metachromatic leukodystrophy is a lysosomal storage disorder caused by a deficiency of arylsulfatase A (ASA). Biosynthesis studies of ASA with various structure-sensitive monoclonal antibodies reveal that some epitopes of the enzyme form within the first minutes of biosynthesis whereas other epitopes form later, between 10 and 25 min. When we investigated(More)
In this multicentre study, we examined the prevalence of two mutations in the arylsulfatase A (ARSA) gene, i.e., c.459+1G>A and p.P426L, in 384 unrelated European patients presenting with different types of metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). In total, c.459+1G>A was found 194 times among the 768 investigated ARSA alleles (25%), whereas p.P426L was(More)
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder that is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme alpha-L-iduronidase (IDUA). Of the 21 Czech and Slovak patients who have been diagnosed with MPS I in the last 30 years, 16 have a severe clinical presentation (Hurler syndrome), 2 less severe manifestations (Scheie(More)
A fast and simple method for determination of sulfatides in the urine of patients with metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD, arylsulfatase A deficiency) has been developed. The procedure consists of two steps: extraction of total urinary lipids by reversed-phase chromatography and their HPTLC separation. Two types of sorbents based on different matrixes were(More)