Apparent Acetaminophen Toxicity in a Patient with Transaldolase Deficiency.

TitleApparent Acetaminophen Toxicity in a Patient with Transaldolase Deficiency.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsLee-Barber, J, English, TE, Britton, JF, Sobreira, N, Goldstein, J, Valle, D, Bjornsson, HTomas
JournalJIMD Rep
Date Published2019

Transaldolase deficiency (MIM#: 606003) is a rare autosomal recessive defect in the pentose phosphate pathway. Affected individuals are at risk for progressive liver failure and hepatocarcinoma. In the transaldolase-deficient mouse model (Taldo1 ), these hepatic complications are accentuated by oxidative stress related to acetaminophen administration. We report a 13-month-old transaldolase-deficient male who developed mild liver failure after receiving standard doses of acetaminophen during a febrile respiratory syncytial virus infection. He was admitted for respiratory distress with neutropenia and thrombocytopenia, but developed an enlarged nodular liver with accompanying splenomegaly and rising alpha-fetoprotein which peaked 2 weeks after acetaminophen exposure. Whole exome sequencing revealed compound heterozygous variants c.512_514delCCT (p.Ser171del) and c.931G > T (p.Gly311Trp) in TALDO1 (HGNC:11559), which encodes transaldolase (EC, a key enzyme in ribose metabolism. Urine polyols and plasma metabolomics confirmed the diagnosis of transaldolase deficiency. Studies on the Taldo1 mouse model demonstrate acetaminophen-induced liver failure can be prevented by administration of the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine. Moreover, a published report showed treatment of a transaldolase-deficient patient with N-acetylcysteine was associated with a decrease in alpha-fetoprotein levels. After discontinuation of acetaminophen and prior to initiation of N-acetylcysteine treatment, our patient demonstrated resolving alpha-fetoprotein levels suggesting acetaminophen incited the liver failure. Conclusion: Our observations support the conclusion from mouse model studies that transaldolase-deficient patients are uniquely sensitive to acetaminophen and should avoid this antipyretic. Recognition of this individualized toxicity and avoidance of acetaminophen are essential for management of these patients.

Alternate JournalJIMD Rep
PubMed ID29923087
PubMed Central IDPMC6323034
Grant ListDP5 OD017877 / OD / NIH HHS / United States
U54 HG006493 / HG / NHGRI NIH HHS / United States