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Fabry disease (FD [MIM:301500]) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in the GLA gene. Deficient activity of its product, lysosomal enzyme α-galactosidase A (α-Gal A), leads to excessive accumulation of glycosphingolipids in cells of multiple organs. The establishing of the diagnosis is challenge in female patients because of milder clinical manifestation and normal α-Gal A activity. The globotriaosylsphingosine (lysoGb3) is described as a more sensitive diagnostic biomarker for females with pathogenic mutation in the GLA gene. Thus, the aim of this study is to improve the biochemical diagnostic efficiency for FD in females. Here we report the α-Gal A/lysoGb3 ratio as the novel biochemical criteria for diagnosis of female patients with FD, using dried blood spots (DBS) as test samples. It showed 100% sensitivity in distinguishing our group of 35 female patients from control (n = 140). Whereas measurement of α-Gal A and lysoGb3 alone showed 8.6% and 74.4% respectively. A new approach of using the ratio of α-Gal A activity to lysoGb3 concentration in DBS may provide a more accurate screening tool for identification of FD females. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


G V Baydakova, A A Ilyushkina, S Moiseev, I O Bychkov, N V Nikitina, Т А Buruleva, E Y Zakharova. α-Galactosidase A/lysoGb3 ratio as a potential marker for Fabry disease in females. Clinica chimica acta; international journal of clinical chemistry. 2020 Feb;501:27-32

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