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Medium-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency


Other Names for this Disease
  • ACADM deficiency
  • Acyl-CoA dehydrogenase medium chain deficiency of
  • MCAD deficiency
  • MCADD
  • MCADH deficiency
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Overview


Medium-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase (MCAD) deficiency is an inherited metabolic condition that prevents the body from converting certain fats to energy, particularly during periods without food (fasting). Normally, through a process called fatty acid oxidation, several enzymes work in a step-wise fashion to break down (metabolize) fats and convert them to energy. People with MCAD deficiency have inadequate levels of an enzyme required for the step that metabolizes a group of fats called medium-chain fatty acids. Mutations in the ACADM gene cause MCAD deficiency.[1]
Last updated: 2/4/2011

References

  1. Medium-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). 2009; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=mediumchainacylcoenzymeadehydrogenasedeficiency. Accessed 2/4/2011.
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