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- n. Any cerebroside containing glucose as the monosaccharide
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When Hannah Ostrea was five months old, she was diagnosed with Gaucher's disease, a genetic condition in which the body lacks the enzyme needed to break down a fatty waste product called glucocerebroside, leaving it to accumulate in the body's organs.
This enzyme breaks down a fatty substance called glucocerebroside, which, when not properly disposed of, can harm the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow and, in some cases, the brain.
This enzymatic deficiency causes an accumulation of glucocerebroside, primarily in macrophages.
The disease is painful, with the excess glucocerebroside impairing mobility and delaying growth.
For example, people with Gaucher disease are deficient in the enzyme glucocerebrosidase, which is responsible for breaking down a certain fat molecule called glucocerebroside.