Danon disease

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Danon disease
Synonyms Lysosomal glycogen storage disease with normal acid maltase activity, GSD due to LAMP-2 deficiency
X-linked recessive.svg
This condition is inherited via X-linked recessive manner
Classification and external resources
Specialty endocrinology
ICD-10 E74.0
OMIM 300257
MeSH D052120
Orphanet 34587

Danon disease (or glycogen storage disease Type IIb) is a metabolic disorder.[1]Danon disease is an X-linked lysosomal and glycogen storage disorder associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, skeletal muscle weakness, and intellectual disability.[2]



In males the symptoms of Danon Disease are more severe. Features of Danon Disease in males are:

  • An early age of onset of muscle weakness and heart disease (onset in childhood or adolescence)
  • Some learning problems or intellectual disability can be present
  • Muscle weakness can be severe and can affect endurance and the ability to walk
  • Heart disease (cardiomyopathy) can be severe and can lead to a need for medications. It usually progress to heart failure, commonly complicated by atrial fibrillation and embolic strokes with severe neurological disability,[3] leading to death unless heart transplant is performed.
  • Cardiac conduction abnormalities can occur. Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is a common conduction pattern in Danon disease.
  • Symptoms are usually gradually progressive
  • Some individuals may have visual disturbances, and/or retinal pigment abnormalities
  • Danon Disease is rare and unfamiliar to most physicians. It can be mistaken for other forms of heart disease and/or muscular dystrophies, including Pompe disease.


In females the symptoms of Danon Disease are less severe. Common symptoms of Danon Disease in females are:

  • A later age of onset of symptoms. Many females will not have obvious symptoms until late adolescence or even adulthood.
  • Learning problems and intellectual disability are usually ABSENT
  • Muscle weakness is often absent or subtle. Some females will tire easily with exercise
  • Cardiomyopathy) is often absent in childhood. Some women will develop this in adulthood. Cardiomyopathy can be associated with atrial fibrillation and embolic strokes.
  • Cardiac conduction abnormalities can occur. Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is a common conduction pattern in Danon disease.
  • Symptoms in females progress more slowly than in males.
  • Some females may have visual disturbances, and/or retinal pigment abnormalities
  • Danon Disease is rare and unfamiliar to most physicians. The milder and more subtle symptoms in females can make it more difficult to diagnose females with Danon Disease


It is associated with LAMP2.[4] The status of this condition as a GSD has been disputed.[5]


Although the genetic cause of Danon Disease is known, the mechanism of disease is not well understood. Danon disease involves a genetic defect (mutation) in a gene called LAMP2, which results in a change to the normal protein structure. While the function of the LAMP2 gene is not well understood, it is known that LAMP2 protein is primarily located in small structures within cells called lysosomes.




Danon disease was characterized by Moris Danon in 1981.[6] Dr. Danon first described the disease in 2 boys with heart and skeletal muscle disease (muscle weakness), and intellectual disability.

The first case of Danon disease reported in the Middle East was a family diagnosed in the eastern region of United Arab Emirates with a new LAMP2 mutation; discovered by the Egyptian cardiologist Dr. Mahmoud Ramadan[7] the associate professor of Cardiology in Mansoura University[8] (Egypt) after doing genetic analysis for all the family members in Bergamo, Italy where 6 males were diagnosed as Danon disease patients and 5 female were diagnosed as carriers; as published in Al-Bayan newspaper in 20 February 2016[9] making this family the largest one with patients and carriers of Danon disease.

Danon Disease has overlapping symptoms with another rare genetic condition called 'Pompe' disease. Microscopically, muscles from Danon Disease patients appear similar to muscles from Pompe disease patients. However, intellectual disability is rarely, if ever, a symptom of Pompe disease. Negative enzymatic or molecular genetic testing for Pompe disease can help rule out this disorder as a differential diagnosis.


  1. ^ "OMIM Entry - # 300257 - DANON DISEASE". omim.org. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  2. ^ Maron BJ, Roberts WC, Arad M, et al. (March 2009). "Clinical Outcome and Phenotypic Expression in LAMP2 Cardiomyopathy". JAMA. 301 (12): 1253–1259. PMID 19318653. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.371. 
  3. ^ Spinazzi M, Fanin M, Melacini P, Nascimbeni AC, Angelini C. Cardioembolic stroke in Danon disease. Clin Genet. 2008;73:388-90.
  4. ^ Lobrinus JA, Schorderet DF, Payot M, et al. (April 2005). "Morphological, clinical and genetic aspects in a family with a novel LAMP-2 gene mutation (Danon disease)". Neuromuscular disorders : NMD. 15 (4): 293–8. PMID 15792868. doi:10.1016/j.nmd.2004.12.007. 
  5. ^ Nishino I, Fu J, Tanji K, et al. (August 2000). "Primary LAMP-2 deficiency causes X-linked vacuolar cardiomyopathy and myopathy (Danon disease)". Nature. 406 (6798): 906–10. PMID 10972294. doi:10.1038/35022604. 
  6. ^ Danon MJ, Oh SJ, DiMauro S, et al. (January 1981). "Lysosomal glycogen storage disease with normal acid maltase". Neurology. 31 (1): 51–7. PMID 6450334. doi:10.1212/wnl.31.1.51. 
  7. ^ "Mahmoud Ramadan". ResearchGate. 
  8. ^ "Mansoura University, Egypt". 
  9. ^ الفجيرة - ابتسام الشاعر. ""دانون" مرض نادر يصيب القلب بالتضخم". البيان. 

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