Special Issue "Lysosomal Storage Disorders: Novel Concepts, Therapeutic Aspects and Beyond"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2017)
Prof. Dr. Ritva Tikkanen
Lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) are a heterogeneous group of rare monogenic diseases that are characterized by aberrant lysosomes with storage material. These diseases frequently manifest as severe defects of the central nervous system, mental retardation and reduced life span. Most LSDs result from a deficiency of a single enzyme, whereas others are caused by mutations in non-enzymatic proteins. In the past couple of years, our knowledge about the pathogenesis and the molecular details of the genes involved has substantially increased. These findings have forced us to rethink some old central dogmas about these diseases and revealed novel aspects about the pathomechanisms. Importantly, novel therapy options have become available, or are under development, for some LSDs that were previously considered fatal.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to summarize our current understanding of LSDs and the involvement of various cellular pathways such as autophagy, neuroinflammation, microgliosis and signaling in their pathogenesis. We also highly welcome papers addressing all current and prospective therapies for LSDs, as well as novel concepts and hypotheses about these disorders, including their connections to more common diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. We encourage the submission of review articles and original research papers of any length. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive update on LSDs, their pathomechanisms and therapy options.
Prof. Dr. Ritva Tikkanen
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- lysosomal storage disorders
- enzyme replacement
- gene therapy
- substrate reduction
- pharmacological chaperones