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Mucolipidosis IV

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  • ML Disorder IV
  • ML IV
  • Berman Syndrome
  • Ganglioside Sialidase Deficiency
  • Ganglioside Neuraminidase Deficiency
  • Neuraminidase Deficiency
  • Sialolipidosis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Mucolipidosis IV is a rare metabolic disorder characterized by intellectual disability; severe impairment in the acquisition of skills requiring the coordination of muscular and mental activities (psychomotor retardation); diminished muscle tone (hypotonia); clouding (opacity) of the clear portion of the eyes through which light passes (cornea); and progressive degeneration of the nerve-rich membrane lining the eyes (retinal degeneration). Mucolipidosis IV is inherited as an autosomal recessive genetic trait and caused by mutations in the MCOLN1 gene.


MucolipidosisType IV Foundation
719 E. 17th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Tel: (718)434-5067
Fax: (718)859-7371
Tel: (877)654-5459

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Office of Communications & Public Liaison
Bldg 31, Rm 9A06
31 Center Drive, MSC 2560
Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
Tel: (301)496-3583

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223

Hide & Seek Foundation for Lysosomal Disease Research
6475 East Pacific Coast Highway Suite 466
Long Beach, CA 90803
Tel: (877)621-1122
Fax: (866)215-8850

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Last Updated: 5/22/2014
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Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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