Zoo 317 Heredity, Evolution and Society

Lecture 19 Cummings 10: pp 237-248
METABOLIC ERRORS

I. The nature of metabolic errors

II. Examples of metabolic errors

Terms


I. Metabolic errors (also called inborn errors of metabolism or metabolic blocks) is a term applied to inherited enzyme deficiencies.

II. Hundreds of inherited metabolic errors have been described. The following are some classic examples.


Terms
metabolic error enzyme alkaptonuria
metabolism  metabolic pathway  substrate
  phenylketonuria   galactose galactosemia
lactose   Lesch-Nyhan syndrome     Tay-Sachs disease  

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