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Fabry Disease


What is Fabry?


Fabry disease is closely related to mucopolysaccharidoses and is one of the lysosomal storage diseases. It was first described in 1898 by William Anderson and Johannes Fabry and is also referred to by some as Anderson–Fabry disease.


What causes Fabry?


In the course of normal life there is a continuous recycling process in the body which consists of building new materials and breaking down old ones ready for disposal. This activity takes place in a special part of the body’s cells called the lysosome. This process requires a series of biochemical tools called enzymes. The enzyme alpha-galactosidase A (alpha-GAL) is essential in breaking down the fatty acid globotriaosylceramide (GL3).


People with Fabry cannot make enough of alpha-GAL, without enough levels of the enzyme the normal functioning of vital organs is affected. When GL3 is not completely broken down it builds up within the cells of the body causing progressive damage. Organs such as kidney, heart and brain eventually start to deteriorate, and severe or life-threatening complications can arise. Babies may show little sign of the disease but as more and more cells become damaged by an accumulation of these waste products, symptoms start to appear.

Fabry Findings

Rare Disease Research Partners have produced a series of publications on behalf of the Fabry International Network which present the findings from research carried out in the Fabry community. You can download the first two issues below.

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Introducing Donna

My name is Donna Parker and I'm the new Advocacy and Support Officer for the MPS Society. My background has mainly revolved around the healthcare sector, and I spent many years working in retail banking and customer service. I am also a Registered Nurse and prior to starting with the MPS Society, I worked in a hospice, dealing with symptom management, palliative and end of life care, for patients with life-limiting conditions and diseases.

I will be working with the Fabry community and with the Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) community. I'm very much looking forward to supporting everyone at the MPS Society and will hopefully meet some of you soon.


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