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Hypomyelination with atrophy of the basal ganglia and cerebellum (H-ABC) is a rare hereditary leukoencephalopathy that was originally identified by MRI pattern analysis, and it has thus far defied all attempts at identifying the causal mutation. Only 22 cases are published in the literature to date. We performed exome sequencing on five family trios, two(More)
N -Acetylglutamate (NAG) fulfils distinct biological roles in lower and higher organisms. In prokaryotes, lower eukaryotes and plants it is the first intermediate in the biosynthesis of arginine, whereas in ureotelic (excreting nitrogen mostly in the form of urea) vertebrates, it is an essential allosteric cofactor for carbamyl phosphate synthetase I(More)
Many genes have been transferred into fish for scientific and aquacultural purposes. We have been developing expression vectors containing regulatory sequences from the carp beta-actin gene enhancer/promoter for expression of genes or cDNAs in transgenic fish. Expression from these vectors varies over a 20-fold range in zebrafish, beginning within 12 hours(More)
N-acetylglutamate (NAG) is a unique enzyme cofactor, essential for liver ureagenesis in mammals while it is the first committed substrate for de novo arginine biosynthesis in microorganisms and plants. The enzyme that produces NAG from glutamate and CoA, NAG synthase (NAGS), is allosterically inhibited by arginine in microorganisms and plants and activated(More)
In ureotelic animals, N-acetylglutamate (NAG) is an essential allosteric activator of carbamylphosphate synthetase I (CPSI), the first enzyme in the urea cycle. NAG synthase (NAGS; EC catalyses the formation of NAG from glutamate and acetyl-CoA in liver and intestinal mitochondria. This enzyme is supposed to regulate ureagenesis by producing(More)
The urea cycle converts toxic ammonia to urea within the liver of mammals. At least 6 enzymes are required for ureagenesis, which correlates with dietary protein intake. The transcription of urea cycle genes is, at least in part, regulated by glucocorticoid and glucagon hormone signaling pathways. N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) produces a unique(More)
N-acetylglutamate (NAG) is an endogenous essential cofactor for conversion of ammonia to urea in the liver. Deficiency of NAG causes hyperammonemia and occurs because of inherited deficiency of its producing enzyme, NAG synthase (NAGS), or interference with its function by short fatty acid derivatives. N-carbamylglutamate (NCG) can ameliorate hyperammonemia(More)
In a patient with N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) deficiency, incorporation of an isotopic label from ammonium chloride into urea was markedly reduced before treatment with N-carbamyl-L-glutamate (NCLG) and completely normalized following treatment. Blood ammonia rose following ammonium tracer ingestion before treatment but remained low following(More)
The transcriptional regulatory elements of the beta-actin gene of carp (Cyprinus carpio) have been examined in zebrafish and goldfish harbouring transgenes. The high sequence conservation of the putative regulatory elements in the beta-actin genes of animals suggested that their function would be conserved, so that transgenic constructs with the same(More)
Ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency is an X-linked, semidominant genetic disorder and the most prevalent inherited defect of the urea cycle. Molecular genetic testing of the OTC gene is critically important for clinical diagnosis, carrier testing, and prenatal diagnosis. Private mutations are observed throughout the OTC gene with more than 340(More)