Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder characterized by a deficiency in the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH). This enzyme is necessary to metabolize the amino acid phenylalanine to the amino acid tyrosine. When PAH is deficient, phenylalanine accumulates and is converted into phenylketones, which are detected in the urine. Left untreated, this condition can cause problems with brain development, leading to progressive mental retardation and seizures. Wikipedia
Tennessee PKU Foundation News
Nashville Walk for PKU 2014
Written by Bryon McDowell
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Once again, the PKU walk at the Nashvile Zoo was a huge success! Thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers for making it happen. And thanks to all of you that raised money and awareness for PKU and other metabolic disorders. Without all of you, we would not be able to pay for medical research or support the communtiy events held every year. Thank you!
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:00-9:45 Registration General assembly will be at 9:45 at the Kid’s Cove Tent. 10:00 a.m. Walk Door prizes will be given after the walk during the assembly in Knoxville.
Enjoy a fun-filled day at the fabulous Knoxville Zoo while raising awareness and funds for PKU research! There will be door prizes,free low protein food/formula samples and updates on the latest research and developments in PKU treatment.