Identification of novel ATP7B gene mutations and their functional roles in Korean patients with Wilson disease.

Wilson disease (WND), an autosomal recessive disorder of copper transport, is characterized by excessive accumulation of intracellular copper in liver and extrahepatic tissues because of impaired biliary copper excretion and disturbed incorporation of copper into ceruloplasmin. Hepatic cirrhosis and neuronal degeneration are the major symptoms of WND, and… (More)