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Effect of thiouracil in modifying folate function in severe vitamin B12 deficiency.

Authors
  • Keating, J N
  • Kusano, G
  • Stokstad, E L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of biochemistry and biophysics
Publication Date
Nov 15, 1988
Volume
267
Issue
1
Pages
119–124
Identifiers
PMID: 3143307
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The effects of thiouracil in correcting defects in folic acid function produced by B12 deficiency were studied. Addition of the thyroid inhibitor, thiouracil, to a low methionine diet containing B12, increased the oxidation of [2-14C]histidine to carbon dioxide, and increased liver folate levels. Addition of 10% pectin to the diet accentuated B12 deficiency as evidenced by a greatly decreased rate of histidine oxidation (0.19%) and an increased excretion of methylmalonic acid. Addition of thiouracil to the diet restored folate function as measured by increased histidine oxidation and increased liver folate levels similar to that produced by addition of methionine to a B12-deficient diet. Thiouracil decreased methylmalonate excretion, and increased hepatic levels of B12 in animals on both B12-deficient and -supplemented diets. Hepatic methionine synthase was increased by thiouracil, which may be the result of the elevated B12 levels. S-Adenosylmethionine and the enzyme methionine adenosyltransferase were also increased by thiouracil. Thus it is possible that the effect of thiouracil in increasing folate function consists both in the effect of thiouracil in decreasing levels of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, and also in its action in increasing S-adenosylmethionine which exerts a feedback inhibition of this enzyme.

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