A 6-month-old infant presented with failure to thrive, hyperuricaemia and renal insufficiency. The hyperuricaemia was due to uric acid over-production. The level of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT) activity was found to be normal. However, a two-fold increase in the Km of the enzyme to hypoxanthine as well as in the Vmax values was observed. It seems therefore, that in cases of uric acid over-production, screening tests of HGPRT activity may be insufficient and additional kinetic properties of the enzyme should be tested.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health