Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIC
Other Names for this Disease
- Acetyl-CoA alpha-glucosaminide n-acetyltransferase deficiency
- MPS 3C
- MPS IIIC
- Mucopoly-saccharidosis type 3C
- Sanfilippo syndrome C
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Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIC (MPS IIIC) is an genetic disorder that makes the body unable to break down large sugar molecules called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs, formerly called mucopolysaccharides). Specifically, people with this condition are unable to break down a GAG called heparan sulfate. Affected individuals can have severe neurological symptoms, including progressive dementia, aggressive behavior, hyperactivity, seizures, deafness, loss of vision, and an inability to sleep for more than a few hours at a time. MPS IIIC results from the missing or altered enzyme acetyl-CoAlpha-glucosaminide acetyltransferase. This condition is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. There is no specific treatment. Most people with MPS IIIC live into their teenage years; some live longer.
Last updated: 4/14/2010
- Mucopolysaccharidoses Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Website. February 16, 2010; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/mucopolysaccharidoses/detail_mucopolysaccharidoses.htm. Accessed 4/14/2010.
- Chambers D. Sanfilippo syndrome. Medline Plus Web site. May 11, 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001210.htm. Accessed 4/14/2010.
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