Fabry's Disease: Differentiation between Two Forms of α-Galactosidase by Myoinositol

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Science  11 Aug 1972:
Vol. 177, Issue 4048, pp. 527-528
DOI: 10.1126/science.177.4048.527


Myoinositol appears to be a competitive inhibitor of α-galactosidase activity in fibroblasts of normal human skin but not of the residual α-galactosidase activity of fibroblasts obtained from patients with Fabry's disease. It is suggested that normal fibroblasts contain two α-galactosidases, only one of which is present in cells from patients with Fabry's disease, and that these enzymes can be distinguished by their different Michaelis constants, rates of heat inactivation, and responses to the inhibitor myoinositol.