Name short: PKU

Name long: Phenylketonuria

Description: PKU is the result of an inability to break down the amino acid phenylalanine, which is found in the protein of foods. Infants may appear normal in the first few months of life, but left untreated, PKU can cause mental and motor retardation, microcephaly, poor growth rate, and seizures. With early detection and proper dietary treatment, growth and development should be normal.

Incidence in the US 2001-2010: 1791 in 41.3 million screens (40 cases per million).

Implicated genes:
Phenylalanine hydroxylase, PAH


Variants in PAH (see gnomAD page):
total variable positions: 505
rare variants: 0
common variants: 0
Allele frequency of rare (<0.001) variants and the implied number of homozygotes and compound heterozygotes, per million births (under the naive assumption that gnomAD captures all variants present in the human population; PSC = premature stop codon):

Population All rare variants Rare, resulting in PSC Rare, not intronic and not silent Known disease related All presumably detrimental
all 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
afr 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
amr 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
asj 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
eas 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
fin 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
nfe 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
oth 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
sas 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0


Expected number of homozygotes/compound heterozygotes in a demographic profile close to the US, using all known (as in, listed in gnomAD) rare nontrivial variants as causative variants: 0.

Expected number of homozygotes/compound heterozygotes in a demographic profile close to the US, using all presumably harmful variants as causative variants: 0.

Enzyme structure. Representative chain shown as white cartoon, with positions of known mutations shown as red sticks. Blue: physiological ions. Pink: substrates and cofactors.



Total estimated number of casses per million (all presumably harmful variants): 0.

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