Metabolic diseases - new methods of treatment | Children's Charity

Metabolic diseases - new methods of treatment

This research was completed on 31 July 2005

Project LeaderDr F M Platt PhD, Dr T D Butters MPhil, PhD and Dr D J Sillence PhD.
LocationGlycobiology Institute, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford.
Grant awarded7 March 2002
Start date1 August 2002
End date31 July 2005
Grant amount£121,068.00
Grant codeSP3775

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The glycosphingolipid storage diseases are a group of debilitating and often fatal diseases affecting children and adults. An accumulation of chemicals occurs in the cells of the body and results in cell dysfunction and, in some of the diseases, death in early infancy as a result of progressive neurodegeneration. Symptoms of Tay-Sachs disease, for example, appear in infancy and progress from developmental retardation to paralysis, dementia and blindness with death in the second or third year of life. Other forms of storage disorder include Gaucher, Fabry, Sandhoff and GM1 gangliosidosis. Collectively these severe diseases affect 10,000 patients worldwide. These researchers are developing a new tool, called an assay, to enable the monitoring of patients by means of a blood sample. The team will then be able to evaluate the effectiveness of new drugs used to treat these metabolic diseases.
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