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Mol Genet Metab. 2012 May;106(1):48-54. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2012.01.017. Epub 2012 Jan 27.

Developmental progress and creatine restoration upon long-term creatine supplementation of a patient with arginine:glycine amidinotransferase deficiency.

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Metabolic Unit, Department of Clinical Chemistry, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



Arginine:glycineamidinotransferase (AGAT/GATM) deficiency has been described in 9 patients across 4 families. Here we describe the clinical outcome and response to creatine supplementation in a patient of the second family affected with AGAT deficiency-a 9-year-old girl.


Delayed motor milestones were noticed from 4 months of age and at 14 months moderate hypotonia, developmental delay and failure to thrive. Laboratory studies revealed low plasma creatine as well as extremely low levels of guanidinoacetic acid in urine and plasma. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) of the brain showed absence of creatine. DNA sequence analysis revealed a homozygous mutation (c.484+1G>T) in the AGAT/GATM gene. AGAT activity was not detectable in lymphoblasts and RNA analysis revealed a truncated mRNA (r.289_484del196) that is degraded via Nonsense Mediated Decay. At 16 months, Bayley's Infant Development Scale (BIDS) showed functioning at 43% of chronologic age. Oral creatine supplementation (up to 800 mg/kg/day) was begun.


At age 9 years she demonstrated advanced academic performance. Partial recovery of cerebral creatine levels was demonstrated on MRS at 25 months of age. Brain MRS at 40 months of age revealed a creatine/NAA ratio of about 80% of that in age-matched controls.


8 years post initiation of oral creatine supplementation, patient demonstrates superior nonverbal and academic abilities, with average verbal skills. We emphasize that early diagnosis combined with early treatment onset of AGAT deficiency may lead to improvement of developmental outcome.

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