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Nine children (five males, four females; age range 6 years 1 month to 11 years 1 month) affected by benign epilepsy of childhood with centrotemporal or Rolandic spikes (BECRS) with EEG evidence of marked activation of interictal epileptic discharges (IEDs) during sleep, and nine unaffected control children matched for age, sex, and socioeconomic status,(More)
Utilizing combined liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) as the analytical method, we have demonstrated a ten to sixtyfold excess of lysophosphatidyl choline containing hexacosanoic acid (26:0) in dried blood spots on a filter paper matrix from 25 male patients with X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy and nine patients with peroxisome(More)
Striatal degeneration from glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (glutaric aciduria type 1, GA1) is associated with cerebral formation and entrapment of glutaryl-CoA and its derivatives that depend on cerebral lysine influx. In 2006 we designed a lysine-free study formula enriched with arginine to selectively block lysine transport across cerebral(More)
PURPOSE Isobutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency is a defect in valine metabolism and was first reported in a child with cardiomyopathy, anemia, and secondary carnitine deficiency. We identified 13 isobutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase-deficient patients through newborn screening due to an elevation of C4-acylcarnitine in dried blood spots. Because C4-acylcarnitine(More)
PURPOSE To achieve clinical validation of cutoff values for newborn screening by tandem mass spectrometry through a worldwide collaborative effort. METHODS Cumulative percentiles of amino acids and acylcarnitines in dried blood spots of approximately 25–30 million normal newborns and 10,742 deidentified true positive cases are compared to assign clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Tyrosinemia type I (TYR 1) is a disorder causing early death if left untreated. Newborn screening (NBS) for this condition is problematic because determination of the diagnostic marker, succinylacetone (SUAC), requires a separate first-tier or only partially effective second-tier analysis based on tyrosine concentration. To overcome these(More)
Newborn screening for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) has until now been limited in implementation because of the lack of an accepted standard methodology. We have previously reported a technique using LC-MS/MS analysis that could provide the basis for screening of newborns for X-ALD. The target analyte diagnostic for X-ALD and other peroxisomal(More)
BACKGROUND Newborn screening (NBS) for inborn errors of propionate, methionine, and cobalamin metabolism relies on finding abnormal concentrations of methionine and propionylcarnitine. These analytes are not specific for these conditions and lead to frequent false-positive results. More specific markers are total homocysteine (tHCY), methylmalonic acid(More)
PURPOSE Landau-Kleffner syndrome (LKS) is characterized by a marked increase of interictal epileptiform discharges (IEDs) during sleep. During nonrapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, neuronal membrane potential oscillations lead to the appearance of spindles and delta waves in the surface EEG and might develop into paroxysmal synchronization. Spectral analysis(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW To summarize recent developments in the field of newborn screening related to the use of tandem mass spectrometry as an analytic platform. RECENT FINDINGS Novel inborn errors of metabolism with informative amino acid and/or acylcarnitine profiles have been characterized, increasing the complexity of the differential diagnosis of abnormal(More)