Annals of Movement Disorders

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 79--80

Role of glutaric aciduria type 1 in movement disorders


Jamir P Rissardo, Ana L Fornari Caprara 
 Medicine Department, Federal University of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jamir P Rissardo
Medicine Department, Federal University of Santa Maria, Rua Roraima, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul
Brazil




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Rissardo JP, Fornari Caprara AL. Role of glutaric aciduria type 1 in movement disorders.Ann Mov Disord 2022;5:79-80


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Rissardo JP, Fornari Caprara AL. Role of glutaric aciduria type 1 in movement disorders. Ann Mov Disord [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Jun 26 ];5:79-80
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Dear Editor,

We read the article entitled “Microencephaly in macrocephaly: Rare report of two siblings with glutaric aciduria type 1” by Agarwal et al., published in your esteemed journal Annals of Movement Disorders with great interest. The authors report the case of a 9-month-old individual presenting with dystonia and macrocephaly. Laboratory analysis revealed increased excretion of glutarylcarnitine and hydroxyglutaric acid (OHGA), which, along with the neuroimaging findings, suggested glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency.[1] Their study was compelling because they described clinical features suggestive of glutaric aciduria type 1 with microencephalic macrocephaly that has rarely been reported in the literature.

In 2016, a task force by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society reported recommendations for the nomenclature of genetic movement disorders. Among the genetic diseases listed, glutaric aciduria type 1 (OMIM#231670) was characterized as complex dystonia (predominant dystonia in a complex phenotypic presentation). The new designation/abbreviation for this genetic disease was DYT/CHOR-GCDH. In addition, the task force provided clinical clues to this disorder. For example, dystonia and chorea usually occur after acute metabolic crises, while parkinsonism presents later in the disease course.[2]

Here, we wish to further discuss the pathophysiological mechanism of this organic aciduria. [Figure 1] presents a summary of the pathogenesis of the increased concentration of glutaric acid (GA) associated with high levels of lysine, hydroxylysine, and tryptophan.[3],[4]{Figure 1}

We believe that glutaric acidemia type 1 may be the most extensively studied organic aciduria, when regarding brain pathogenesis. A study by Wajner uses a well-known knockout mouse model that develops diffuse spongiform lesions when exposed to GA; lysine is subsequently given in high concentrations.[4] These procedures are performed to simulate the biochemical conditions of the human brain when glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase is deficient. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that even before the development of this knockout model for glutaric acidemia type 1, protocols for experimental studies of epilepsy in rats, based on GA causing neuronal damage and consequently epilepsy, were already widely studied.[5]

Glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase is encountered in presynaptic neuronal mitochondria, and its deficiency causes the accumulation of GA and 3-OHGA (GA-3OHGA). These two compounds get trapped inside the cerebral tissue due to low dicarboxylate transport efflux.[4] They can cause mitochondrial dysfunction, inhibiting the Krebs cycle and blocking the respiratory chain; this contributes to the production of reactive oxygen species. Moreover, GA-3OHGA can increase glutamate release in the synaptic membrane, stimulate glutamate receptors, and decrease glutamate uptake.[3] This excitotoxic environment activates microglia and astrocytes, leading to a pro-inflammatory state and damaging the neural tissue.

An interesting fact about this disease is that the lesions occur in specific areas of the brain. Garbade et al. reported the neuroradiological patterns of patients with glutaric aciduria type 1 using statistical models. They showed that individuals with movement disorders more frequently had abnormalities in the putamen, caudate, cortex, ventricles, and external cerebrospinal fluid spaces compared to individuals without or with minor neurological symptoms. Putaminal changes (r2 = 0.75) and strongly dilated ventricles (r2 = 0.79) were identified as the most reliable predictors of a movement disorder.[6] It is noteworthy that the location of the lesions could be explained by the abnormal movements reported among patients with specific stroke lesions.

Acknowledgments

None.

Author contribution

JPR and ALFC contributed equally to this work. JPR contributed to research project: conception, organization, execution; Statistical analysis: design, execution, review, and critique; Manuscript preparation: writing of the first draft, review, and critique. ALFC contributed to research project: conception, organization, execution; Statistical analysis: design, execution, review, and critique; Manuscript preparation: writing of the first draft, review, and critique.

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References

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