Novel subtype of peroxisomal acyl-CoA oxidase deficiency and bifunctional enzyme deficiency with detectable enzyme protein: identification by means of complementation analysis

Am J Hum Genet. 1994 Jan;54(1):36-43.


We describe four infants with a novel subtype of an isolated deficiency of one of the peroxisomal beta-oxidation enzymes with detectable enzyme protein. The patients showed characteristic clinical and biochemical abnormalities, including hypotonia, psychomotor retardation, hepatomegaly, typical facial appearance, accumulation of very-long-chain fatty acids, and decreased lignoceric acid oxidation. However, beta-oxidation enzyme proteins were detected by immunoblot analyses, and large peroxisomes were identified by immunofluorescence staining. In order to identify the underlying defect in these patients, complementation analysis was introduced using fibroblasts from these patients and patients with an established deficiency of either acyl-CoA oxidase or bifunctional enzyme, as identified by immunoblotting. In the complementing combinations, fused cells showed increased lignoceric acid oxidation, resistance against 1-pyrene dodecanoic acid/UV selection, and normalization of the size and the distribution of peroxisomes. The results indicate that two patients with a more severe clinical course were suffering from bifunctional enzyme deficiency and that the other two infants, who were siblings and had a less severe clinical presentation, were the first patients with acyl-CoA oxidase deficiency with detectable enzyme protein.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 3-Hydroxyacyl CoA Dehydrogenases / deficiency*
  • 3-Hydroxyacyl CoA Dehydrogenases / genetics
  • 3-Hydroxyacyl CoA Dehydrogenases / metabolism
  • Acyl-CoA Oxidase
  • Cell Line
  • Enoyl-CoA Hydratase / deficiency*
  • Enoyl-CoA Hydratase / genetics
  • Enoyl-CoA Hydratase / metabolism
  • Female
  • Fibroblasts / enzymology
  • Fibroblasts / ultrastructure
  • Genetic Complementation Test*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Isomerases / deficiency*
  • Isomerases / genetics
  • Isomerases / metabolism
  • Male
  • Microbodies / enzymology*
  • Microbodies / metabolism
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Multienzyme Complexes / deficiency*
  • Multienzyme Complexes / genetics
  • Multienzyme Complexes / metabolism
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Oxidoreductases / deficiency*
  • Oxidoreductases / genetics
  • Oxidoreductases / metabolism
  • Peroxisomal Bifunctional Enzyme


  • Multienzyme Complexes
  • Oxidoreductases
  • 3-Hydroxyacyl CoA Dehydrogenases
  • Acyl-CoA Oxidase
  • EHHADH protein, human
  • Enoyl-CoA Hydratase
  • Peroxisomal Bifunctional Enzyme
  • Isomerases