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Dev Med Child Neurol. 2000 Jul;42(7):492-5.

Abnormal myelin formation in rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata type 2 (DHAPAT-deficiency).

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Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain.


The case of a Yemeni girl with isolated peroxisomal acyl-CoA:dihydroxyacetonephosphate acyltransferase (DHAPAT) deficiency is reported. She had rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata, microcephaly, failure to thrive, delayed motor and mental development, and spastic quadriplegia. Deficient de novo plasmalogen synthesis in her fibroblasts as a result of low DHAPAT activity was found, while her very-long-chain fatty acid profile, phytanic acid concentration, alkyl-dihydroxyacetonephosphate synthase (alkyl-DHAP synthase) activity, and peroxisomal 3-ketoacyl-CoA thiolase protein were normal. A mutation in her DHAPAT complementary DNA resulted in the substitution of an arginine residue in the protein at position 211 by a histidine (R211H). Magnetic resonance imaging showed abnormal white matter signal in the centrum semiovale involving the arcuate fibers, while the corpus callosum was normal. DHAPAT and alkyl-DHAP synthase initiate the synthesis of plasmalogens, which are major constituents of myelin phospholipids. The reported girl's abnormal formation of myelin is probably related to the inadequacy of plasmalogen biosynthesis, which is likely to be due to deficient DHAPAT activity.

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