This module deals with the metabolism of lipids and fatty acids, with a particular focus on two diseases: Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (SLOS) and X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy. Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (SLOS) is an example of cholesterol synthesis defect; it causes congenital malformations (dysmorphisms), with a heterogeneous clinical presentation and affecting several metabolic pathways and organs due to accumulation of a toxic precursor of cholesterol. X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy is an interesting example of deficit in fatty acid metabolism, also classifiable as single peroxisomal enzyme deficiency. It proceeds towards a severe neurometabolic disease, often preceded by adrenal insufficiency, and it is partially treatable if diagnosed early.
Authors: Sabine Grønborg, Dorothea Haas, Anne Kalweit, Karin Mossler, Marc Engelen
Accreditation: 1 European CME Credits (ECMEC®s) will be assigned after attending all the lessons and achieving the passmark of 70 % in all the self-assessment sessions.
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