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Unusual Clinical Presentation in Two Cases of Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency

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Multiple sulfatase deficiency (MSD) is an inborn error of metabolism that combines the clinical features of late infantile metachromatic leukodystrophy and mucopolysaccharidosis. The characteristic biochemical abnormality is a reduction in the activities of several sulfatases, with consequent tissue accumulation of sulfatides, sulfated glycosaminoglycans, sphingolipids, and steroid sulfates. In this study we present two unusual cases of MSD with variable enzymatic deficiency of arylsulfatases A, B, and C. Both patients had ichthyosis, broad thumbs and index fingers, an unusually slow progression of the neurologic symptoms, and lacked the hepatosplenomegaly that is typical of MSD. Olivopontocerebellar atrophy was present and one patient had a large retrocerebellar cyst. Mucopolysaccharides were not detected in the urine from either subject. Leukocyte arylsulfatase A activity in patient 1 was 0.46 nmol/mg protein/hr and in patient 2 was 0.0 nmol/mg protein/hr (normal 0.7–5.0 nmol/mg protein/hr). Leukocyte arylsulfatase B activity in patient 1 was 24 nmol/mg protein/hr and in patient 2 was 22 nmol/mg protein/hr (normal 115–226 nmol/mg protein/hr). Leukocyte arylsulfatase C in patient 1 was 0.30 pmol/mg protein/hr and in patient 2 was 0.28 pmol/mg protein/hr (normal 0.84 pmol/mg protein/hr). In conclusion, these two patients with MSD had mild clinical presentations not previously reported and variable enzymatic deficiency of arylsulfatases A, B, and C.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Servicio de Genética, Hospital General de México, Facultad de Medicina, UNAM 2: Servicio de Genética, CM de Occidente, IMSS 3: Servicio de Genética, Centro Nacional de Rehabilitación (Ortopedia), Virginia 4: Departments of Pediatrics and Human Genetics, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

Publication date: October 1, 2001

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