Towards a molecular therapy for glycogen storage disease type II (Pompe disease).
Glycogen storage disease type II (GSD-II), also known as Pompe disease, is a fatal genetic muscle disorder caused by a deficiency of acid alpha-glucosidase, a glycogen-degrading lysosomal enzyme. Currently, there is no treatment for this fatal disorder. However, several lines of research suggest the possibility of future treatment. Enzyme replacement strategies hold the greatest hope for patients currently affected by GSD-II, but future strategies could include in vivo or ex vivo gene therapy approaches and/or mesenchymal stem cell or bone-marrow transplantation approaches. Each of the approaches might eventually be combined to further improve the overall clinical efficacy of any one treatment regimen. The lessons learned from GSD-II research will also benefit a great number of individuals affected by other genetic disorders.
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