Sepiapterin Reductase Deficiency
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
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Sepiapterin reductase deficiency (SRD) is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by abnormally low levels of certain neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that modify, amplify or transmit nerve impulses from one nerve cell to another, enabling nerve cells to communicate. The severity of sepiapterin reductase deficiency can range from a mild movement disorder at one end to severe, progressive neurological disease at the other. Common symptoms include lack of muscle tone (hypotonia), drooling, loss of coordination, abnormal movements, delayed motor and language development (i.e. delays in reaching developmental milestones), and/or dystonia. Dystonia is a general term for a group of muscle disorders, generally characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that force the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements and positions (postures). The specific symptoms can vary dramatically from one person to another. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can reduce or potentially prevent severe, irreversible neurological damage. Children with sepiapterin reductase deficiency may show a dramatic response and sustained improvement when treated with levodopa. Levodopa is a chemical that is converted to dopamine, a brain chemical that serves as a neurotransmitter. Some individuals show benefit with treatment with addition of 5-HTP, a neurotransmitter precursor that is converted to serotonin. Sepiapterin reductase deficiency is caused by mutations in the SPR gene and is inherited as an autosomal recessive disorder.
Sepiapterin reductase deficiency can be classified as a form of dystonia, a pediatric neurotransmitter disorder or a disorder of tetrahydrobiopterin deficiency. The disorder is sometimes referred to as a form of dopa-responsive dystonia. However, dystonia is not always present in infancy and may not be a universal symptom so that term may not apply to all cases. The non-specific symptoms of this condition may be misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy.
American Dystonia Society
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CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)
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Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
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Pediatric Neurotransmitter Disease Association
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Last Updated: 8/25/2015
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