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Pseudodeficiency of glutamine in infant liver disease


Vermeulen, T; Marquardt, T; Häberle, J (2009). Pseudodeficiency of glutamine in infant liver disease. Amino Acids, 37(2):435-437.

Abstract

Gamma-glutamyltransferase (gamma-GT) is an early marker for cholestasis and has the capability of glutamine-deamidation. Two infants with elevated serum gamma-GT had a decreased serum glutamine. A time course of glutamine and glutamate concentration changes was performed. This revealed a time dependent decrease of glutamine far below the normal lower limit while glutamate increased above the normal upper limit. In conclusion, increased in vitro gamma-GT can cause pseudodeficiency of glutamine. To avoid pitfalls, physicians should inform the laboratory on accompanying pathologies.

Abstract

Gamma-glutamyltransferase (gamma-GT) is an early marker for cholestasis and has the capability of glutamine-deamidation. Two infants with elevated serum gamma-GT had a decreased serum glutamine. A time course of glutamine and glutamate concentration changes was performed. This revealed a time dependent decrease of glutamine far below the normal lower limit while glutamate increased above the normal upper limit. In conclusion, increased in vitro gamma-GT can cause pseudodeficiency of glutamine. To avoid pitfalls, physicians should inform the laboratory on accompanying pathologies.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:17 Feb 2010 16:15
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 23:39
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0939-4451
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00726-008-0146-2
PubMed ID:18651093

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