Hyperinsulinism and hyperammonemia syndrome: Report of twelve unrelated patients

Pascale De Lonlay, Chantal Benelli, Françoise Fouque, Arupa Ganguly, Bernard Aral, Carlo Dionisi-Vici, Guy Touati, Claire Heinrichs, Daniel Rabier, Pierre Kamoun, Jean Jacques Robert, Charles Stanley, Jean Marie Saudubray

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Hyperinsulinism and hyperammonemia syndrome has been reported as a cause of moderately severe hyperinsulinism with diffuse involvement of the pancreas. The disorder is caused by gain of function mutations in the GLUD1 gene, resulting in a decreased inhibitory effect of guanosine triphosphate on the glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) enzyme. Twelve unrelated patients (six males, six females) with hyperinsulinism and hyperammonemia syndrome have been investigated. The phenotypes were clinically heterogeneous, with neonatal and infancy-onset hypoglycemia and variable responsiveness to medical (diazoxide) and dietary (leucine-restricted diet) treatment. Hyperammonemia (90-200 μmol/L, normal 50, or concentrations required for 50% inhibition of GDH activity, ranging from 140 to 580 nM, compared with control IC50 value of 83 ± 1.0 nmol/L). The allosteric effect of ADP was within the normal range. The activating effect of leucine on GDH activity varied among the patients, with a significant decrease of sensitivity that was correlated with the negative clinical response to a leucinerestricted diet in plasma glucose levels in four patients. Molecular studies were performed in 11 patients. Heterozygous mutations were localized in the antenna region (four patients in exon 11, two patients in exon 12) as well as in the guanosine triphosphate binding site (two patients in exon 6, two patients in exon 7) of the GLUD1 gene. No mutation has been found in one patient after sequencing the exons 5-13 of the gene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-357
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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