Sialidosis

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General Discussion

Sialidosis, also known as mucolipidosis type I, is a rare inherited metabolic disorder characterized by a deficiency of the enzyme neuraminidase (sometimes referred to as sialidase). Deficiency of neuraminidase results in the abnormal accumulation of toxic materials in the body. Sialidosis is divided into two types (i.e., type I and type II). Sialidosis type I usually becomes apparent during the second decade of life with the development of sudden involuntary muscle contractions (myoclonus), distinctive red spots (cherry-red macules) in the eyes, and sometimes additional neurological findings. Sialidosis type II is usually more severe than sialidosis type I. Type II often begins during infancy or later during childhood and is characterized by cherry-red macules, mildly coarse facial features, skeletal malformations and mild cognitive impairment. Sialidosis is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.

Sialidosis belongs to a group of diseases known as the lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs). Lysosomes are particles bound in membranes within cells that function as the primary digestive units within cells. Enzymes within lysosomes break down or digest particular nutrients, such as complex molecules composed of a sugar attached to a protein (glycoproteins). In sialidosis patients, low levels or inactivity of the neuraminidase enzyme leads to the abnormal accumulation these compounds in the cells with unwanted consequences. Sialidosis is also classified as one of the mucolipidoses, a subgroup of the LSDs.

Supporting Organizations

CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)

Climb Building
176 Nantwich Road
Crewe, CW2 6BG
United Kingdom
Tel: 4408452412173
Fax: 4408452412174
Email: enquiries@climb.org.uk
Website: http://www.CLIMB.org.uk

Canadian Society for Mucopolysaccharide and Related Diseases, Inc.

#218-2055 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 0C7
Canada
Tel: (604) 924-5130
Tel: 1-800-667-1846
Email: info@mpssociety.ca
Website: http://www.mpssociety.ca

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Hide & Seek Foundation for Lysosomal Disease Research

6475 East Pacific Coast Highway Suite 466
Long Beach, CA 90803
Tel: (877)621-1122
Fax: (866)215-8850
Email: info@hideandseek.org
Website: http://www.hideandseek.org

ISMRD

20880 Canyon View Drive
Saratoga, CA 95070
Email: info@ismrd.org
Website: http://www.ismrd.org/

International Advocate For Glycoprotein Storage Diseases

20880 Canyon View Drive
Saratoga, CA 95070
USA
Email: info@ismrd.org
Website: http://www.ismrd.org

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Office of Communications & Public Liaison
Bldg 31, Rm 9A06
Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
Tel: (301)496-3583
Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
Website: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/

Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases

MPS House
Repton Place
Buckinghamshire, HP7 9LP
United Kingdom
Tel: 8453899901
Fax: 8453899902
Email: mps@mpssociety.co.uk
Website: http://www.mpssociety.co.uk

The Arc

1825 K Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202)534-3700
Fax: (202)534-3731
Tel: (800)433-5255
Email: info@thearc.org
Website: http://www.thearc.org

Vaincre Les Maladies Lysosomales

2 Ter Avenue
Massy, 91300
France
Tel: 169754030
Fax: 160111583
Email: accueil@vml-asso.org
Website: http://www.vml-asso.org

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Last Updated:  5/28/2010
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