Mucopolysaccharides are long molecular chains of sugar. They are used by the body in the building of connective tissues. They must also be broken down and reused by the body. Children with MPS are unable to produce one of the enzymes essential to this task. Mucopolysaccharide diseases (or Mucopolysaccharidosis or MPS) are genetic diseases caused by recessive genes. There are seven Mucopolysaccharide (MPS) disorders. They are referred to as MPS I-VII but many of them go by the name of the doctor who first described the condition as well. Hunter syndrome, Hurler syndrome, Scheie syndrome, Sanfilippo syndrome, Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, and Morquio disease are all Mucopolysaccharide diseases.

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The Canadian Society for Mucopolysaccharide & Related Diseases
Founded to provide information and support to affected individuals and their families.
Maroteaux-Lamy.com
Aims to improve the awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of maroteaux-lamy syndrome, and to provide resources that can help improve the lives of those affected by this disease. Sections for patients and caregivers and for the healthcare professional.
Morquio
Yahoo message group that offers support to those afflicted with mucopolysaccharide accumulation.
National MPS Society
Non-profit organization advocating for families affected by mucopolysaccharide and related diseases. Located in Durham, North Carolina, USA.
NINDS Mucopolysaccharidoses Information Page
Information sheet compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
NORD: Mucopolysaccharidoses
Offers a list of synonyms, a general discussion and further resources.
The Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases
A voluntary support group in the UK which represents children and adults suffering from Mucopolysaccharide and Related Lysosomal Storage Diseases, their families, carers and professionals.

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