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The role of degradation of fetal haemoglobin in the energy supply of very low body weight pre-term babies.

Authors
  • Bókay, J
  • Idei, M
  • Gróf, J
  • Büky, B
  • Menyhárt, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta physiologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1982
Volume
60
Issue
1-2
Pages
37–42
Identifiers
PMID: 6191522
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Low body weight premature babies born before the 32nd gestational week were studied to analyse the postnatal fall in plasma haemoglobin and in quantitative changes in amino acid levels. Red blood cells of premature low body weight infants were found to disintegrate more rapidly than those of mature newborns. Thin-layer ion-exchange chromatographic studies showed that amino acids originating from the degrading haemoglobin-F lead to rise in plasma amino acids. These amino acids might play a role as substrates for gluconeogenesis in the energy supply of low body weight premature babies during the special fasting state just after birth.

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