Study

Assessing Neural Mechanisms of Injury in Inborn Errors of Urea Metabolism Using Structural MRI, Functional MRI, and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

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phs001108 Case-Control

Study Description

Urea cycle disorders represent a group of rare inborn errors of metabolism that lead to accumulation of ammonia, a toxic product of protein metabolism. Individuals with urea cycle disorders cannot metabolize the ammonia that accumulates due to enzyme deficiency. The symptoms of these disorders may present at birth, childhood or adulthood (milder deficiencies). There are currently eight enzyme deficiencies that constitute the range of inborn errors of ureagenesis. This project will focus on the most common enzyme disorder of the urea cycle, ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency, inherited as an X-linked trait.

This project will study cognitive and motor dysfunction in patients who are female carriers of ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD) or are males with late onset presentation of OTCD, utilizing state of the art MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), a non -invasive technique. This project seeks to improve our understanding of the underlying neural mechanisms that contribute to metabolic, cognitive, sensory and motor abnormalities in urea cycle disorders, which ... (Show More)

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