Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I: IDUA Gene Deletion/Duplication

Condition Description

Mucopolysaccharidosis type I or Hurler Syndrome (MPS I) is a progressive multisystem disorder with features that range over a continuum from mild to severe. MPS I is an autosomal recessive progressive disorder that results from the body\'s inability to make lysosomal alpha-L-iduronate, an enzyme that helps break down mucopolysaccharides. The enzyme deficiency found in MPS type I causes mucopolysaccharides to build up in the body, causing damage to many tissues and organs in the body.

MPS Type I is divided into three subtypes, but there is no clear distinction between the groups. Therefore, a classification based on disease severity has been suggested: Hurler as severe MPS I, Hurler-Scheie as intermediate MPS I, and Scheie as mild MPS I. Treatment is available through hematopoietic stem cell/bone marrow transplantation or enzyme replacement therapy.

MPS I is caused by mutations in the IDUA gene and the diagnosis relies on the demonstration of deficient activity of the lysosomal enzyme alpha-L-iduronidase in peripheral blood leukocytes or cultured fibroblasts. Diagnostic sequencing analysis of the IDUA gene coding region is now available for MPS type I patients and their at-risk relatives on a clinical basis.

For questions about testing for MPS I, call EGL Genetics at (470) 378-2200 or (855)831-7447. For further clinical information about lysosomal storage diseases, including management and treatment, call the Emory Lysosomal Storage Disease Center at (404) 778-8565 or (800) 200-1524.

1). Beesley CE, Meaney CA, Greenland G, Adams V, Vellodi A, Young EP, Winchester BG (2001) Mutational analysis of 85 mucopolysaccharidosis type I families: frequency of known mutations, identification of 17 novel mutations and in vitro expression of missense mutations. Hum Genet 109:503-11
2). Muenzer J (2004) The mucopolysaccharidoses: a heterogeneous group of disorders with variable pediatric presentations. J Pediatr 144:S27-34

Genes (1)


  • Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of MPS I Disease
  • Prenatal testing for known familial mutations.
  • Assessment of carrier status in high risk family members known mutation analysis.


    DNA isolated from peripheral blood is hybridized to a CGH array to detect deletions and duplications.

    The targeted CGH array has overlapping probes which cover the entire genomic region.


    Detection is limited to duplications and deletions. Array CGH will not detect point mutations or intronic mutations. Results of molecular analysis must interpreted in the context of the patient\'s clinical and/or biochemical phenotype.

    Specimen Requirements

    Listed below are EGL's preferred sample criteria. For any questions, please call 470.378.2200 and ask to speak with a laboratory genetic counselor (
    Submit only 1 of the following specimen types
    Whole Blood (EDTA)

    EDTA (Purple Top)
    Infants and Young Children (<2 years of age): 2-3 ml
    Children > 2 years of age to 10 years old: 3-5 ml
    Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml
    Autopsy: 2-3 ml unclotted cord or cardiac blood
    Collection and Shipping
    Ship sample at room temperature for receipt at EGL within 72 hours of collection. Do not freeze.
    DNA, Isolated

    Isolation using the Perkin Elmer™Chemagen™ Chemagen™ Automated Extraction method or Qiagen™ Puregene kit for DNA extraction is recommended.
    Collection and Shipping
    Refrigerate until time of shipment in 100 ng/µL in TE buffer. Ship sample at room temperature with overnight delivery.

    Special Instructions

    Submit copies of diagnostic biochemical test results with the sample. Sequence analysis is required before deletion/duplication analysis by targeted CGH array. If sequencing is performed outside EGL Genetics, please submit a copy of the sequencing report with the test requisition. Contact the laboratory if further information is needed.
    • Mucopolysaccharide screen (urine GAG) (GA)
    • Known mutation analysis (Custom Diagnostics) is available to test family members.
    • Prenatal testing is available for known familial mutations only. Please call the Laboratory Genetic Counselor for specific requirements for prenatal testing before collecting a fetal sample.

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