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Biochem Med Metab Biol. 1986 Dec;36(3):276-82.

Elevation of urinary hyaluronic acid in Werner's syndrome and progeria.


Werner's syndrome and Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (progeria) are human genetic diseases which may serve as models for the study of premature aging. The basic defects underlying these diseases are unknown. An abnormally high level of urinary hyaluronic acid (HA) excretion has been previously reported in several Werner's and one progeria subject, all from Japan. To determine if a high HA level is a reliable marker for these diseases, we quantitated the urinary excretion of HA in three progeria subjects, one subject with an atypical progeroid syndrome, and a Werner's syndrome subject. Compared to controls, the total urinary HA was found to be markedly increased in the three progeria samples and in the Werner's syndrome sample. These findings support the previous observations indicating elevated HA may be a specific marker for these diseases.

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