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L-Arginine:glycine amidinotransferase deficiency

Synonym(s) AGAT deficiency
Prevalence <1 / 1 000 000
Inheritance Autosomal recessive
Age of onset Infancy
  • E72.8
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Disease definition

L-Arginine:glycine amidinotransferase (AGAT) deficiency is a very rare type of creatine deficiency sydrome characterized by global developmental delay, intellectual disability, and myopathy.


Less than 20 patients have been described with AGAT deficiency to date.

Clinical description

AGAT deficiency is characterized by global developmental delay, appearing in infancy, which can be associated with language impairment and autistic behavior in some, as well as a mild to moderate intellectual disability. Progressive muscle weakness and fatigability have been reported in older patients. Seizures and failure to thrive have also been described. If creatine supplementation is administered early enough, psychomotor delay may be avoided.


AGAT deficiency is caused by mutations in the L-arginine:glycine amidinotransferase gene (GATM) located to chromosome 15q15.1. This gene encodes AGAT, which converts arginine and glycine to ornithine and guanidinoacetate in the creatine cycle pathway.

Genetic counseling

AGAT deficiency is transmitted in an autosomal recessive manner and genetic counseling is possible.

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  • Dr Sylvia STOCKLER

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