Other Names for this Disease
- Bassen Kornzweig syndrome
- Microsomal triglyceride transfer protein deficiency disease
- Microsomal triglyceride transfer protein deficiency
- Abetalipoproteinemia neuropathy
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Abetalipoproteinemia is caused by changes (mutations) in the MTTP gene. The MTTP gene gives the body instructions to make a protein needed for creating beta-lipoproteins. These lipoproteins are necessary for the body to absorb fats, cholesterol, and fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K), and for transporting these substances in the blood. Mutations in the MTTP result in a lack of beta-lipoproteins, leading to an inability to absorb and transport these substances. This in turn leads to the nutritional and neurologic problems in affected people.
Last updated: 3/22/2016
- Abetalipoproteinemia. Genetics Home Reference. November 2008; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=abetalipoproteinemia.