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Lancet. 2008 Oct 4;372(9645):1263-71. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(08)61522-6.

Phenotype, diagnosis, and treatment of Gaucher's disease.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA.


Gaucher's disease continues to be a model for applications of molecular medicine to clinical delineation, diagnosis, and treatment. Analyses of several thousand affected individuals have broadened the range of the pan-ethnic disease variants, provided initial genotype and phenotype correlations, and established the effectiveness of enzyme therapy. Large numbers of affected individuals worldwide have provided insight into the effect of disease variation related to ethnic origin, prognosis, and outcome. The ability to safely and effectively use enzyme therapy to inhibit or reverse visceral-disease progression and involvement has provided impetus for design of new enzyme therapies, and creation of substrate depletion and pharmacological chaperone strategies. Such innovations could provide interventions that are effective for neuronopathic variants and, potentially, could be more cost effective than other treatments. These developments are novel, clinically important, advancements for patients with other lysosomal storage diseases and genetic diseases.

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