Advances in Human Genetics 6 by Leon E. Rosenberg (auth.), Harry Harris, Kurt Hirschhorn

By Leon E. Rosenberg (auth.), Harry Harris, Kurt Hirschhorn (eds.)

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If, as is widely held, the megaloblastic anemia of B12 deficiency is caused by a primary disturbance of methyltetrahydrofolate homocysteine methyltransferase activity, it is curious that megaloblastic anemia in these patients with TC II deficiency occurred without homocystinuria or hypomethioninemia. Although transferase activity was not measured in cells directly, the findings suggest that megaloblastic changes preceded prominent reduction in holomethyltransferase stores. This paradox bears additional scrutiny.

8). It is composed of three moieties: a pterin ring, p-aminobenzoic acid, and glutamic acid. Humans require about 50 ILg of folate daily and can satisfy this requirement by ingesting a large number of vegetables, fruits, and meats rich in folic acid. There are no fewer than five coenzyme forms of folate, all of which participate in the transfer of one-carbon units vital for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, methionine, glutamate, and serine. Absorption and Coenzyme Synthesis The principle dietary form of folate is not the monoglutamate form shown in Fig.

5 mg per day, adults requiring approximately 1-2 mg daily. The biochemistry and metabolism of vitamin B6 have been studied extensively by SnelP50,151 and many others. Activation, Metabolism, and Function The vitamin is a substituted pyridine ring which occurs in several natural forms (Fig. 11). Pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxine have 40 Leon E. P OH~C"O-~-OH Pyridoxal Kinase ~ CH3-lNJ OH PYRIDOXAL - 5'- PHOSPHATE CH 2NH 2 OH~CH20H CH 3 -41') PYRIDOXAMINE Fig. II. Chemical structures of the B6 vitamers (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine) and coenzyme (pyridoxal-5'-phosphate).

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