M A Clara Sá Miranda

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The neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinoses are the most common neurodegenerative disorders in childhood characterized by progressive blindness, epilepsy, brain atrophy, and premature death. Based on the age at onset, disease progression and ultrastructural features three classical (infantile, late-infantile, and juvenile) and three variant late-infantile forms are(More)
Sialuria, a disorder of sialic acid (NeuAc) metabolism characterized by increased free NeuAc in the cytoplasm of cells, is due to failure of CMP-Neu5Ac to feedback inhibit UDP-N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc) 2-epimerase. We now describe the fifth patient in the world with sialuria, a 7-year-old Portuguese girl with developmental delay, hepatomegaly, coarse(More)
Arylsulfatase A (ARSA) is a lysosomal enzyme implicated in most cases of metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). The quaternary structure of ARSA is pH-dependent: at neutral pH, ARSA is a homodimeric protein; at lysosomal (acidic) pH, ARSA is homo-octameric. This dimer-octamer transition seems to be of major importance for the stability of the enzyme in the(More)
We report a patient with Gaucher's disease (GD) developing prominent neurological abnormalities in adult life confirming the existence of an adult neuronopathic form of GD. In this adult-onset form, an akinetic-rigid syndrome poorly responsive to dopatherapy, supranuclear gaze palsy, myoclonic jerks, seizures, cerebellar ataxia, cognitive and psychotic(More)
We report the study of 16 catholic type 1 Gaucher disease patients originating from a well-defined region in the north of Portugal where a relatively high incidence is observed. The patients were screened for mutations: 3060G-->A, 5841A-->G, 5976C-->G, and 6433T-->C, which enabled the identification of 27 of the 32 mutated alleles. Four different genotypes(More)
In the Portuguese population the most frequent form of Gaucher disease is type 1. The N370S glucocerebrosidase gene mutation accounts for 63% of mutated alleles. The frequency of this mutation was accurately determined in the Portuguese population, which does not present an Ashkenazi Jewish genetic background. A gene frequency of 0.0043, with 95% confidence(More)
The CLN6 vLINCL is caused by molecular defects in CLN6 gene coding for an ER resident transmembrane protein whose function is unknown. In the present study gene expression profiling of CLN6-deficient fibroblasts using cDNA microarray was undertaken in order to provide novel insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying this neurodegenerative fatal(More)
Gaucher disease is the most common lysosomal storage disorder, it results from the inherited deficiency of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase, the accumulation of its substrate causes many clinical manifestations. Since the discovery of GBA gene, more than 200 different mutations have been identified, but only handful mutations are recurrent (N370S, L444P and(More)
Chitotriosidase is a human chitinase produced by macrophages. Its enzymatic activity is markedly elevated in serum of patients suffering from lysosomal storage disorders, as well as other diseases in which macrophages are activated. Therefore, it is a useful tool as a secondary marker in the diagnosis of several disorders including Gaucher disease type 1(More)