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Integrated Medical Biochemistry
by Michael W. King, PhD

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Introduction to Carnitine Deficiency, Systemic Primary (CDSP) Carnitine deficiencies lead to an inability to transport long-chain fatty acids (as fatty acylcarnitine) into the mitochondria for oxidation. Carnitine deficiencies can occur in newborns and particularly in...


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Introduction to Prader-Willi Syndrome Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) was first described in 1887 by John Langdon Down who also identified Down syndrome. The full spectrum of PWS was reported in 1956 by Andrea Prader, Alexis Labhart, and Heinrich Willi, hence the current...

Angelman Syndrome

Introduction to Angelman Syndrome Angelman syndrome (AS) is named after the English physician Harry Angelman who first described the disorder in 1965. He observed three children with a similar constellation of symptoms and he referred to these symptoms as the "happy...

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