Phenylketonuria in the Latvian population: Molecular basis, phenylalanine levels, and patient compliance

M. Kreile (Coresponding Author), O. Lubina, I. Ozola-Zalite, R. Lugovska, N. Pronina, O. Sterna, P. Vevere, M. Konika, I. Malniece, L. Gailite

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Introduction: Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inborn error of metabolism characterized by pathogenic variants of the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene with a resulting accumulation of phenylalanine (Phe) to neurotoxic levels. Diagnosis of PKU in the Latvian population began in 1985 and the present study's aim was to evaluate the available data on all PKU patients in Latvia. Materials and methods: The medical records of 116 - DNA sample was available in 110 patients (102 nonrelated individuals) diagnosed with PKU in Latvia were obtained. Phe concentrations were measured in dried blood spots. Genomic DNA was analyzed for pathogenic variants in the PAH gene. Biochemical data were available through follow-up visits of the 83 patients. Results: In 97% of patients (99 of 102), pathogenic variants were detected on both alleles. With an occurrence of 69.6%%, the most common pathogenic variant was the severe pathogenic variant p.Arg408Trp. The available data for 83 patients revealed that metabolic control was better in younger age groups and worse in adults. Conclusion: Latvia exhibits a relatively homogeneous pool of disease-causing PKU alleles with a high prevalence of the classical severe form of PKU. Dietary compliance in all patients' groups is lower than expected, especially it is poor in adult age group.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100671
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • PAH
  • Phenylalanine
  • Phenylketonuria

Field of Science*

  • 1.6 Biological sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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