Urea cycle disorders

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Urea cycle disorders

A urea cycle disorder is a genetic disorder that results in a deficiency of one of the six enzymes in the urea cycle. These enzymes are responsible for removing ammonia from the blood stream. The urea cycle involves a series of biochemical steps in which nitrogen, a waste product of protein metabolism, is changed to a compound called urea and removed from the blood. Normally, the urea is removed from the body through the urine. In urea cycle disorders, nitrogen builds up in the blood in the form of ammonia, a highly toxic substance, resulting in hyperammonemia (elevated blood ammonia). Ammonia then reaches the brain through the blood, where it can cause irreversible brain damage, coma and/or death. The onset and severity of urea cycle disorders is highly variable. The severity correlates with the amount of urea cycle enzyme function.
 

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Intermountain PKU and Allied Disorders Association

The mission of the Intermountain PKU and Allied Disorders Association is to provide education and resources to individuals and families, to encourage research, and to increase public awareness of these conditions.

Last Updated: 29 May 2015

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National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation

The National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation is the only organization solely dedicated to saving the lives of children and adults with urea cycle disorders and leads the search for a cure. Internationally recognized, NUCDF serves as a lifeline to families and medical professionals around the world seeking life saving information. NUCDF is the driving force stimulating and supporting research for new treatments, improved outcomes, and a Cure. NUCDF efforts include educating UCD patients, families and medical professionals on diagnosis, treatment and management, and providing guidance, resources, information and support to all those affected by urea cycle disorders. The UCD International Patient Registry (www.ucdregistry.org), empowers UCD patients and caregivers to self-report their own unique experiences with UCD and compare them to others with UCD. Participants in the UCD Registry can help improve the understanding of UCDs, improve care, and accelerate research.

Last Updated: 11 Jun 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Urea cycle disorders" for support, advocacy or research.

Intermountain PKU and Allied Disorders Association

The mission of the Intermountain PKU and Allied Disorders Association is to provide education and resources to individuals and families, to encourage research, and to increase public awareness of these conditions.

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Last Updated: 29 May 2015

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National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation

The National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation is the only organization solely dedicated to saving the lives of children and adults with urea cycle disorders and leads the search for a cure. Internationally recognized, NUCDF serves as a lifeline to families and medical professionals around the world seeking life saving information. NUCDF is the driving force stimulating and supporting research for new treatments, improved outcomes, and a Cure. NUCDF efforts include educating UCD patients, families and medical professionals on diagnosis, treatment and management, and providing guidance, resources, information and support to all those affected by urea cycle disorders. The UCD International Patient Registry (www.ucdregistry.org), empowers UCD patients and caregivers to self-report their own unique experiences with UCD and compare them to others with UCD. Participants in the UCD Registry can help improve the understanding of UCDs, improve care, and accelerate research.

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Last Updated: 11 Jun 2015

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The terms "Urea cycle disorders" returned 29 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Urea cycle disorders in Spain: an observational, cross-sectional and multicentric study of 104 cases.
 

Author(s): Elena Martín-Hernández, Luis Aldámiz-Echevarría, Esperanza Castejón-Ponce, Consuelo Pedrón-Giner, María Luz Couce, Juliana Serrano-Nieto, Guillem Pintos-Morell, Amaya Bélanger-Quintana, Mercedes Martínez-Pardo, María Teresa García-Silva, Pilar Quijada-Fraile, Isidro Vitoria-Miñana, Jaime Dalmau, Rosa A Lama-More, María Amor Bueno-Delgado, Mirella Del Toro-Riera, Inmaculada García-Jiménez, Concepción Sierra-Córcoles, Mónica Ruiz-Pons, Luis J Peña-Quintana, Inmaculada Vives-Piñera, Ana Moráis, Elena Balmaseda-Serrano, Silvia Meavilla, Pablo Sanjurjo-Crespo, Celia Pérez-Cerdá

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Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of urea cycle disorders (UCDs) have led to a higher survival rate. The purpose of this study is to describe the characteristics of patients with urea cycle disorders in Spain.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015

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On the Creation, Utility and Sustaining of Rare Diseases Research Networks: Lessons learned from the Urea Cycle Disorders Consortium, the Japanese Urea Cycle Disorders Consortium and the European Registry and Network for Intoxication Type Metabolic Diseases.
 

Author(s): Marshall L Summar, Fumio Endo, Stefan Kölker

Journal: Mol. Genet. Metab.. ;113(1-2):105-8.

 

The past two decades has seen a rapid expansion in the scientific and public interest in rare diseases and their treatment. One consequence of this has been the formation of registries/longitudinal natural history studies for these disorders. Given the expense and effort needed to ...

Last Updated: 27 Sep 2014

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Sodium phenylbutyrate decreases plasma branched-chain amino acids in patients with urea cycle disorders.
 

Author(s): Lindsay C Burrage, Mahim Jain, Laura Gandolfo, Brendan H Lee, , Sandesh C S Nagamani

Journal: Mol. Genet. Metab.. ;113(1-2):131-5.

 

Sodium phenylbutyrate (NaPBA) is a commonly used medication for the treatment of patients with urea cycle disorders (UCDs). Previous reports involving small numbers of patients with UCDs have shown that NaPBA treatment can result in lower plasma levels of the branched-chain amino ...

Last Updated: 27 Sep 2014

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The terms "Urea cycle disorders" returned 10 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Urea cycle disorders: a case report of a successful treatment with liver transplant and a literature review.
 

Author(s): Francesco Giuseppe Foschi, Maria Cristina Morelli, Sara Savini, Anna Chiara Dall'Aglio, Arianna Lanzi, Matteo Cescon, Giorgio Ercolani, Alessandro Cucchetti, Antonio Daniele Pinna, Giuseppe Francesco Stefanini

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2015 Apr;21(13):4063-8.

 

The urea cycle is the final pathway for nitrogen metabolism. Urea cycle disorders (UCDs) include a variety of genetic defects, which lead to inefficient urea synthesis. Elevated blood ammonium level is usually dominant in the clinical pattern and the primary manifestations affect ...

Last Updated: 8 Apr 2015

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A longitudinal study of urea cycle disorders.
 

Author(s): Mark L Batshaw, Mendel Tuchman, Marshall Summar, Jennifer Seminara,

Journal: Mol. Genet. Metab.. ;113(1-2):127-30.

 

The Urea Cycle Disorders Consortium (UCDC) is a member of the NIH funded Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network and is performing a longitudinal study of 8 urea cycle disorders (UCDs) with initial enrollment beginning in 2006. The consortium consists of 14 sites in the U.S., Canada ...

Last Updated: 27 Sep 2014

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Advances in urea cycle neuroimaging: Proceedings from the 4th International Symposium on urea cycle disorders, Barcelona, Spain, September 2013.
 

Author(s): Ileana Pacheco-Colón, Stanley Fricke, John VanMeter, Andrea L Gropman

Journal: Mol. Genet. Metab.. ;113(1-2):118-26.

 

Our previous imaging research performed as part of a Urea Cycle Rare Disorders Consortium (UCRDC) grant, has identified specific biomarkers of neurologic injury in ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency, OTCD. While characterization of mutations can be achieved in most cases, this ...

Last Updated: 27 Sep 2014

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Observational Study That Will Collect Information on Patients With Urea Cycle Disorders (UCDs)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Urea Cycle Disorder

 

Last Updated: 7 Jun 2016

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Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of HepaStem in Urea Cycle Disorders Paediatric Patients (HEP002)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Urea Cycle Disorders

 

Last Updated: 2 Jul 2015

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