Mucopolisacáridos

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Definición

Los mucopolisacáridos son cadenas largas de moléculas de azúcar que se encuentran a lo largo de todo el cuerpo, a menudo en las mucosidades y en el líquido alrededor de las articulaciones. Comúnmente se denominan glucosaminoglucanos.

Nombres alternativos

Glucosaminoglucanos (glucosaminoglicanos); GAG

Información

Cuando el cuerpo no puede descomponer los mucopolisacáridos, se presenta una afección llamada mucopolisacaridosis (MPS). La MPS se refiere a un grupo de trastornos hereditarios del metabolismo. Las personas con MPS no tienen nada o no tienen suficiente cantidad de una sustancia (enzima) necesaria para descomponer las cadenas de la molécula de azúcar.

Las formas de MPS abarcan:

Estas afecciones provocan que los mucopolisacáridos se acumulen en tejidos del cuerpo. Esto puede dañar órganos, incluyendo el corazón. Los síntomas pueden ir de leves a graves y pueden incluir:

Referencias

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Mucolipidoses Fact Sheet. Bethesda, MD: Office of Communications and Public Liaison; February 13, 2007. Publication No. 03-5115.

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  • Last Reviewed on 05/16/2011
  • Chad Haldeman-Englert, MD, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section on Medical Genetics, Winston-Salem, NC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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