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Keywords:

  • Gaucher disease;
  • Glucocerebrosidase;
  • Saposin C;
  • Mutations

Abstract

Glucocerebrosidase is a lysosomal enzyme responsible for hydrolysis of glucosylceramide to ceramide and glucose. Mutations disrupting the function of this enzyme cause autosomal recessive Gaucher disease. This disease is very heterogeneous. The clinical heterogeneity is due to a large number of mutations within the gene encoding glucocerebrosidase. To date 36 mutations have been described in Gaucher disease. In this part we present the mutations and review the more common ones. We also review the glucocerebrosidase natural activator, designated saposin C and mutations in its gene, associated with Gaucher disease. © 1994 Wiley-Liss, Inc.