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Three years experience with dried blood spota-glucosidase screening for Pompe disease inBritish Columbia, CanadaGabriella Horvath*, Sandra Sirrs, Sylvia Stockler, Ramona Salvarinova-Zivkovic, Hilary Vallance, Paula Waters
From Proceedings of the 6th European Symposium: Steps Forward in Pompe DiseaseBerlin, Germany. 23-24 November 2012
IntroductionPompe disease (OMIM #232300) or glycogen storagedisease type II is an autosomal recessive lysosomal sto-rage disease caused by mutations in the glucosidasealpha acid (GAA) gene. The acid alpha-glucosidaseenzyme is required for the degradation of cellular glyco-gen, and its reduced activity results in accumulation ofglycogen in muscle and cardiac tissues with variableclinical presentation. Demonstration of deficient acidalpha-glucosidase (GAA) enzyme activity is diagnostic,and molecular testing is available for confirmation orclarification. As Pompe disease is in the differential diag-nosis of a wide variety of myopathies, simple first-linetests are needed. Use of dried blood spots (DBS) haslogistical advantages over the traditional approach ofenzyme assay in isolated lymphocytes, and enzyme stabi-lity permits DBS shipment to a central laboratory.
Methods/resultsPatients were referred for enzyme testing who presentedwith muscle weakness, muscle pain, respiratory insuffi-ciency, and/or cardiomyopathy in infancy. Dried bloodspot (DBS) acid a-glucosidase testing, with neutral a-glucosidase as a control enzyme, was measured using apreviously described fluorimetric method [1,2]. Out of149 samples tested, three cases of Pompe disease weredetected by DBS assay during a three year period. Twopatients with low values for acid a-glucosidase in DBSwere confirmed to carry hypomorphic alleles not asso-ciated with clinical disease. Two patients with lowvalues, overlapping those of the two patients with hypo-morphic alleles, had no mutations detected. Two furtherpatients had normal results on a second DBS card,
suggesting that the initial blood spots might have beencompromised.
ConclusionSince the introduction of the DBS alpha-glucosidasemethod, several new Pompe cases have been diagnosedat our centre. A repeat DBS should be requested to con-firm initial low results before proceeding to further test-ing. In a significant proportion of false positive cases,benign hypomorphic alleles provide an explanation forreduced activity of acid a-glucosidase.
Published: 29 May 2013
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doi:10.1186/1471-2474-14-S2-P2Cite this article as: Horvath et al.: Three years experience with driedblood spot a-glucosidase screening for Pompe disease in BritishColumbia, Canada. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14(Suppl 2):P2.
British Columbia Childrens Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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