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Carnitine therapy and metabolism in the disorders of propionyl-CoA metabolism studied using 1H-NMR spectroscopy



Carnitine therapy and metabolism in the disorders of propionyl-CoA metabolism studied using 1H-NMR spectroscopy



Clinica Chimica Acta 204(1-3): 263-278



1H-NMR spectroscopy has been used to study metabolic perturbations in patients with disorders of propionyl-CoA metabolism during the administration of oral and intravenous l-carnitine. The administration of l-carnitine either in the form of a challenge or as a therapeutic measure resulted in an increased excretion of propionylcarnitine, consistent with the removal of accumulated intramitochondrial propionyl-CoA esters. Additionally, during the therapeutic administration of l-carnitine excretion of acetylcarnitine occurred, coincident with an improvement in clinical condition and confirming the intracellular propionyl-CoA depletion. An additional benefit from the formation of acylcarnitines may be an accompanying intracellular alkalinisation.

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PMID: 1819469

DOI: 10.1016/0009-8981(91)90237-7


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