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Tetrahydrobiopterin Deficiency


Synonyms of Tetrahydrobiopterin Deficiency
  • Atypical Hyperphenylalaninemia
  • Atypical PKU
  • BH4 Deficiency
  • Malignant Hyperphenylalaninemia
  • Malignant PKU

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Tetrahydrobiopterin Regeneration
  • Tetrahydrobiopterin Synthesis


General Discussion
Tetrahydrobiopterin Deficiency is a rare genetic, neurological disorder present at birth. It is caused by an inherited inborn error of metabolism. Tetrahydrobiopterin is a natural substance (coenzyme) that enhances the action of other enzymes. When Tetrahydrobiopterin is deficient, an abnormally high blood level of the amino acid phenylalanine, along with low levels of certain neurotransmitters, usually occurs. To avoid irreversible neurological damage, diagnosis and treatment of this progressive disorder is essential as early as possible in life.

The subdivisions of Tetrahydrobiopterin Deficiency are as follows:
Tetrahydrobiopterin Synthesis
GTP Cyclohydrolase I (GTPCH) Deficiency
6-Pyruvoyl Tetrahydropterin Synthase (PTPS) Deficiency
Tetrahydrobiopterin Regeneration
Pterin-4-alpha-Carbinolamine Dehydratase (PCD) Deficiency
Dihydropteridine Reductase (DHPR) Deficiency
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Organizations related to Tetrahydrobiopterin Deficiency
  • CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)
    Climb Building
    Crewe Intl CW2 6BG
    Phone #: +44- 87-0 7700 325
    800 #: --
    e-mail: info@climb.org.uk
    Home page: http://www.CLIMB.org.uk
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • National Institute of Mental Retardation
    York University
    Ontario None M3J 1P3
    Phone #: 416-661-9611
    800 #: --
    e-mail: N/A
    Home page: N/A
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    31 Center Drive
    Bethesda MD 20892-2540
    Phone #: 301-496-5751
    800 #: 800-352-9424
    e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
  • The Arc (a national organization on mental retardation)
    1010 Wayne Ave
    Silver Spring MD 20910
    Phone #: 301-565-3842
    800 #: 800-433-5255
    e-mail: info@thearc.org
    Home page: http://www.thearc.org/



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