Name short: CUD

Name long: Carnitine uptake defect

Description: Primary carnitine deficiency is a condition that prevents the body from using certain fats for energy, particularly during periods without food (fasting). Carnitine, a natural substance acquired mostly through the diet, is used by cells to process fats and produce energy. Signs and symptoms of primary carnitine deficiency typically appear during infancy or early childhood and can include severe brain dysfunction (encephalopathy), a weakened and enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy), confusion, vomiting, muscle weakness, and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The severity of this condition varies among affected individuals. Some people with primary carnitine deficiency are asymptomatic, which means they do not have any signs or symptoms of the condition. All individuals with this disorder are at risk for heart failure, liver problems, coma, and sudden death.

Incidence in the US 2001-2010: 179 in 20.9 million screens (9 cases per million).

Implicated genes:
Solute carrier, family 22 (organic cation transporter), member 5, SLC22A5


Variants in SLC22A5 (see gnomAD page):
total variable positions: 431
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.



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

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