Characterization of a canine model of glycogen storage disease type IIIa.
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Glycogen storage disease type IIIa (GSD IIIa) is an autosomal recessive disease caused by deficiency of glycogen debranching enzyme (GDE) in liver and muscle. The disorder is clinically heterogeneous and progressive, and there is no effective treatment. Previously, a naturally occurring dog model for this condition was identified in curly-coated retrievers (CCR). The affected dogs carry a frame-shift mutation in the GDE gene and have no detectable GDE activity in liver and muscle. We characterized in detail the disease expression and progression in eight dogs from age 2 to 16 months. Monthly blood biochemistry revealed elevated and gradually increasing serum alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activities; serum creatine phosphokinase (CPK) activity exceeded normal range after 12 months. Analysis of tissue biopsy specimens at 4, 12 and 16 months revealed abnormally high glycogen contents in liver and muscle of all dogs. Fasting liver glycogen content increased from 4 months to 12 months, but dropped at 16 months possibly caused by extended fibrosis; muscle glycogen content continually increased with age. Light microscopy revealed significant glycogen accumulation in hepatocytes at all ages. Liver histology showed progressive, age-related fibrosis. In muscle, scattered cytoplasmic glycogen deposits were present in most cells at 4 months, but large, lake-like accumulation developed by 12 and 16 months. Disruption of the contractile apparatus and fraying of myofibrils was observed in muscle at 12 and 16 months by electron microscopy. In conclusion, the CCR dogs are an accurate model of GSD IIIa that will improve our understanding of the disease progression and allow opportunities to investigate treatment interventions.
Disease Models, Animal
Glycogen Storage Disease Type III
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1242/dmm.009712
Publication InfoYi, Haiqing; Thurberg, Beth L; Curtis, Sarah; Austin, Stephanie; Fyfe, John; Koeberl, Dwight D; ... Sun, Baodong (2012). Characterization of a canine model of glycogen storage disease type IIIa. Dis Model Mech, 5(6). pp. 804-811. 10.1242/dmm.009712. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/15088.
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Chen Family Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
RESEARCH INTERESTS A multidisciplinary approach to care of individuals with genetic disorders in conjunction with clinical and bench research that contributes to: 1) An understanding of the natural history and delineation of long term complications of genetic disorders with a special focus on liver Glycogen storage disorders, lysosomal disorders witha special focus on Pompe disease, Down syndrome and hypophosphatasia2) The development of new therapies for genetic d
Professor of Pediatrics
The focus of our research has been the development of gene therapy with adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors, most recently by genome editing with CRISPR/Cas9. We have developed gene therapy for inherited disorders of metabolism, especially glycogen storage disease (GSD) and phenylketonuria (PKU). 1) GSD type Ia: Glucose-6-phosphatase (G6Pase) deficient animals provide models for developing new therapy for GSD type Ia, although early mortality complicates research with both
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
My overall research interests are finding effective treatment for human glycogen storage diseases (GSDs) and other inherited metabolic disorders. My current research focuses on identification of novel therapeutic targets and development of effective therapies for GSD II (Pompe disease), GSD III (Cori disease), and GSD IV (Andersen disease) using cellular and animal disease models. The main therapeutic approaches we are using in our pre-clinical studie
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