Our research focuses on the development of gene and cell-based therapies for the treatment of metabolic diseases of the liver that commonly result in the development of intellectual disabilities in children. We have four active research directions:
- Development of gene-based (adeno-associated virus, mRNA) therapies to restore nitrogen metabolism, ureagenesis, and creatine biosynthesis.
- Exploring the underlying neurobiology in arginase deficiency and in guanidinoacetate methyltransferase deficiency to gain a greater understanding of the neuropathology that exists in these enzyme deficiencies.
- Developing new therapeutic approaches to treating deficiency of carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1.
- Understanding the effect of guanidinoacetate on GABA-A receptors in guanidinoacetate methyltransferase deficiency.
Nitzahn M, Lipshutz GS. CPS1: Looking at an ancient enzyme in a modern light. Mol Genet Metab. 2020 Nov;131(3):289-298. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2020.10.003.
Nitzahn M, Allegri G, Khoja S, Truong B, Makris G, Häberle J, Lipshutz GS. Split AAV-Mediated Gene Therapy Restores Ureagenesis in a Murine Model of Carbamoyl Phosphate Synthetase 1 Deficiency. Mol Ther. 2020 Jul 8;28(7):1717-1730. doi: 10.1016/j.ymthe.2020.04.011.
Truong B, Allegri G, Liu XB, Burke KE, Zhu X, Cederbaum SD, Häberle J, Martini PGV, Lipshutz GS. Lipid nanoparticle-targeted mRNA therapy as a treatment for the inherited metabolic liver disorder arginase deficiency. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Oct 15;116(42):21150-21159. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1906182116.
“Mouse Study Shows Gene Therapy May Correct Creatine Deficiency Disorder” Link: https://www.uclahealth.org/news/LipshutzGAMT2022
Andrea, Lizzie, and Colleen attended the 25th Annual American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) Conference. Lizzie and Colleen
Congratulations to Matt on receiving his PhD and starting a new position at Poseida Therapeutics joining Brian Truong!
We are all very excited to have her join our research group!
Matt Nitzahn presented his dissertation project to his committee, family and others interested in his work.