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Urinary excretion of arylsulfatases in malnourished/vitamin A deficient children.

Latif, K. A. and Amla, I. and Rao, P. B. R. (1979) Urinary excretion of arylsulfatases in malnourished/vitamin A deficient children. Clinica Chimica Acta, 96 (1/2). 131-138; 20 ref..

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Serum retinol values were generally low in all malnourished children, 6 to 15, compared with control children, 50 mu g/100 ml. After appropriate treatment values increased in all malnourished groups. Dietary supplements of proteins and energy even without extra vitamin A increased values in subjects with kwashiorkor indicating active mobilization of liver vitamin A. Total arylsulphatase A activity in urine excreted in 24 h or within 8 h from 0600 to 1400 h decreased significantly in malnourished children with or without mild vitamin A deficiency. The excretion of arylsulphatase B was not changed. In severe vitamin A deficiency coupled with malnutrition excretion of arylsulphatases A and B increased. It is suggested that this test with arylsulphatases may detect acute vitamin A deficiency with malnutrition in field studies. A ratio of arylsulphatases A:B of 2.0 or less seems to indicate mild malnutrition, the normal ratio being 3.4. A low ratio coupled with increased excretion of both arylsulphatases may be considered specific for acute vitamin A deficiency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ARYLSULFATASE-; malnutrition-; RETINOL-
Subjects: 600 Technology > 01 Medical sciences > 11 Malnutrition
Divisions: Dept. of Biochemistry
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 10:22
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2014 10:22
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/8585

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