Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inherited disorder that prevents the body from efficiently breaking down the amino acid phenylalanine. If untreated, PKU can cause mental retardation, seizures, behavioral problems, and other serious health consequences. Treatment for PKU involves following a special diet that is low in phenylalanine and taking supplements which supply other essential amino acids. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to preventing the development of cognitive and neurological deficits associated with PKU and leading a healthy lifestyle. PKU screening is routinely performed within a few days of birth in most developed countries.

From: International Journal of Amino Acids

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Editor: Julia Piccoli, University of Sao Paulo-UNESP
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: International Journal of Amino Acids encourages author to submit manuscripts to the journal for evaluation, from all fields of amino acid and protein research: analysis, separation, synthesis, biosynthesis, cross linking amino acids, racemization/enantiomers, modification of amino acids as phosphorylation, methylation, acetylation of amino acids.