Investigation of Brain Nitrogen Metabolism in Partial Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency (OTCD) Using 1H MRS, DTI, and fMRI

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phs001296 Observational

Study Description

This project studies cognitive and motor dysfunction in adult and pediatric patients who are female carriers of ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD) or are males with late onset presentation (outside of the newborn period) 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 although individually rare, collectively constitute a major cause of neonatal encephalopathy, leading to significant morbidity and mortality.

As a result of this study, a greater understanding of the anatomic, cognitive, motor, and biochemical underpinnings of neurologic damage attributable to this metabolic disorder will be gained. Experimental approaches will combine sensory, cognitive and motor testing with structural, functional and molecular magnetic resonance imaging to study symptomatic and asymptomatic heterozygous female carriers of X-linked ornithine ... (Show More)

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