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Whole body methionine kinetics, transmethylation, transulfuration and remethylation during pregnancy.
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PMID:  23356955     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There is evidence from a study of pregnant American women that methionine transmethylation (TM) and remethylation (RM) rates increases and transulfuration (TS) decreases as pregnancy progresses from trimester 1 to 3. To determine whether pregnant Indian women can make this adaptation successfully, methionine kinetics, TS, TM, and RM were measured in Indian women in early and late pregnancy. METHODS: Measurements were made in the postabsorptive and fed states in the 1st and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy by infusing 1-(13)C,(2)H(3)-methionine in 24 women, 12 with low (≤150 pmol L(-1)) and 12 with normal (≥200 pmol L(-1)) vitamin B(12) status at recruitment. RESULTS: From trimester 1 to 3, except RM which decreased significantly, there was no change in any weight-specific methionine kinetic parameter. When expressed per whole body, methionine flux from protein breakdown increased significantly from trimester 1 to 3 in the fed and postabsorptive states. Flux to protein synthesis also increased significantly in the fed state. Rates of TM, TS and RM did not change, regardless of vitamin B(12) status at recruitment. Protein and methionine intakes correlated with TM and RM rates and the change in RM from trimester 1 to 3 correlated with the change in dietary protein intake. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that methionine flux and its utilization for protein synthesis increases in Indian women as pregnancy progresses from trimester 1 to 3. TM and RM rates do not increase however, possibly because of inadequate protein intake and not because of vitamin B(12) deficiency at trimester 1.
Anura V Kurpad; Pauline Anand; Pratibha Dwarkanath; Jean W Hsu; Tinku Thomas; Sarita Devi; Annamma Thomas; Rita Mhaskar; Farook Jahoor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-1983     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8309603     Medline TA:  Clin Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Division of Nutrition, St. John's Research Institute, St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka 560034, India. Electronic address:
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