Alkaptonuria (AKU) community

Alkaptonuria (AKU) is a rare autosomal recessive disease, affecting tyrosine metabolism. Patients accumulate homogentisic acid at 2000 times the normal rate, resulting in cartilage degradation and symptoms similar to early-onset osteoarthritis.

Yvonne's Story by Yvonne published 10 months ago


In July 1999, I had horrible pains in my feet. I was on vacation in Spain with my family and I was taking tons of pain killers. I had trouble walking...
When I came back home, I made an appointment with a rheumatologist. He told me it was arthritis and prescribed some drugs. The x-rays showed there was nothing wrong with the hip cartilage. The pain was unbearable and the pain-killers had ...

Kimberly's Story by Kimberly published 10 months ago


Hi, my name is Kimberly. I am 50 years old and live in Michigan in the United States. I was a premature baby and my diagnosis of AKU was at that time. My parents were told I would be in a wheelchair by age 40.
Growing up with something no one understands

During my childhood I was studied at The University of Michigan by Dr. Bert LaDue, until the age of 8. I had children young and suff...

4th International Workshop on AKU – Sidney Sussex college, Cambridge, 10-11 January 2011 by AKU Society UK published 10 months ago


This two-day meeting of 60 scientists, clinicians and patients saw talks from the world-leaders in AKU research and treatment. It was a huge success, although it raised, once again, the questions we face as we work to find treatments for rare diseases.
There was a great mix of speakers, from several countries, including from the US, Slovakia, Jordan, France, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands...

Video: AKU A Story of Hope by AKU Society UK published 12 months ago


Robert Gregory of the AKU Society UK describes living with the disease...

Alkaptonuria is a debilitating and rare genetic disease that affects the cartilage and bone, slowly destroying th...

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    5th International Workshop on AKU
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    A selection of presentations from those speakers who have given permission for their slideshows to be published are now available to download on the AKU Society website at:

    http://www.alkaptonuria.info/557296

    Thanks Oliver from the AKU Society

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    LETTRE D’INFORMATION N° 14 (SEPTEMBRE 2011)
    document, published 3 months ago

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    Cette lettre est diffusée par courrier postal ou internet aux personnes atteintes d’Alcaptonurie-Ochronose, à leurs familles, aux amis et aux membres de l’ALCAP, aux donateurs, aux médecins et chercheurs, et à toute personne qui s’intéresse à l’Alcaptonurie en France, en Belgique et en Suisse.

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    Update
    topic, published 3 months ago

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    After these summer months, with a moody weather season and my health being as variable as the weather, here I am back to you taking a little time to write.

    You certainly know that the AKU Society is organizing the 5th International Workshop on AKU This event will be held at the Medical Institu...

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    Action shot photo competition of EULAR for world arthritis day
    topic, published 3 months ago

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    Dear all,
    I just submitted an 'action shot photo’ to enter a competition of
    the European Arthritis Foundation (EULAR) specially designed for the
    world arthritis day. The slogan for this competition is move to
    improve, i.e. how sport can improve mobility or slow down the
    progress of one’s ...

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    AKU Society's Year in Review
    topic, published 5 months ago

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    Check it out here:
    http://www.alkaptonuria.info/557292

    While on the website, don't forget to book for the upcoming November meeting in Liverpool:

    http://www.alkaptonuria.info/557296

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    Getting information on AKU...
    topic, published 5 months ago

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    The National Institutes of Health have Genetic and Rare Disease (GARD) Information specialists that may be able to help you find information.

    The GARD Information Center does not provide genetic counseling and does not offer diagnostic testing, referrals, medical treatment or advice.

    Ther...

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    AKU
    topic, published 5 months ago

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    I am 67 yrs old and I feel like I'm 107 The pain in my joints are unbearable almost all the time. I was diagoinsed with this when I was about 50's or so. The pain just keeps on getting worse and it is so hard to get around. I walk with a cane ,out of the house.In the house I walk with a walker. I...

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    Nitisinone (NTBC) In Different Age Groups Of Patients With Alkaptonuria
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    The objective of this research is to explore reported age related differences in toxicity of nitisinone and its pharmacokinetic underpinnings and to develop an optimal therapeutic requirement for a targeted population of presymptomatic patients...

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    Collagen atomic scale molecular disorder in ochronotic cartilage from an alkaptonuria patient, ob...
    news, published 5 months ago

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    In pilot studies of the usefulness of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in characterizing chemical and molecular structural effects of alkaptonuria on connective tissue, we have obtained (13) C spectra from articular cartilage...

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    An update on molecular genetics of Alkaptonuria (AKU)
    news, published 6 months ago

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    Alkaptonuria (AKU) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of homogentisate 1,2 dioxygenase (HGD) and characterized by homogentisic aciduria, ochronosis, and ochronotic arthritis. The defect is caused by mutations in...