Cytidine Diphosphate-Ribitol Analysis for Diagnostics and Treatment Monitoring of Cytidine Diphosphate-L-Ribitol Pyrophosphorylase A Muscular Dystr…

A new interesting article has been published in Clin Chem. 2019 Aug 2. pii: clinchem.2019.305391. doi: 10.1373/clinchem.2019.305391. and titled:

Cytidine Diphosphate-Ribitol Analysis for Diagnostics and Treatment Monitoring of Cytidine Diphosphate-L-Ribitol Pyrophosphorylase A Muscular Dystr…

Authors of this article are:

van Tol W, van Scherpenzeel M, Alsady M, Riemersma M, Hermans E, Kragt E, Tasca G, Kamsteeg EJ, Pennings M, van Beusekom E, Vermeulen JR, van Bokhoven H, Voermans NC, Willemsen MA, Ashikov A, Lefeber DJ.

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BACKGROUND: Many muscular dystrophies currently remain untreatable. Recently, dietary ribitol has been suggested as a treatment for cytidine diphosphate (CDP)-L-ribitol pyrophosphorylase A (CRPPA, ISPD), fukutin (FKTN), and fukutin-related protein (FKRP) myopathy, by raising CDP-ribitol concentrations. Thus, to facilitate fast diagnosis, treatment development, and treatment monitoring, sensitive detection of CDP-ribitol is required.METHODS: An LC-MS method was optimized for CDP-ribitol in human and mice cells and tissues.RESULTS: CDP-ribitol, the product of CRPPA, was detected in all major human and mouse tissues. Moreover, CDP-ribitol concentrations were reduced in fibroblasts and skeletal muscle biopsies from patients with CRPPA, showing that CDP-ribitol could serve as a diagnostic marker to identify patients with CRPPA with severe Walker-Warburg syndrome and mild limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) phenotypes. A screen for potentially therapeutic monosaccharides revealed that ribose, in addition to ribitol, restored CDP-ribitol concentrations and the associated O-glycosylation defect of α-dystroglycan. As the effect occurred in a mutation-dependent manner, we established a CDP-ribitol blood test to facilitate diagnosis and predict individualized treatment response. Ex vivo incubation of blood cells with ribose or ribitol restored CDP-ribitol concentrations in a patient with CRPPA LGMD.CONCLUSIONS: Sensitive detection of CDP-ribitol with LC-MS allows fast diagnosis of patients with severe and mild CRPPA myopathy. Ribose offers a readily testable dietary therapy for CRPPA myopathy, with possible applicability for patients with FKRP and FKTN myopathy. Evaluation of CDP-ribitol in blood is a promising tool for the evaluation and monitoring of dietary therapies for CRPPA myopathy in a patient-specific manner.© 2019 American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

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