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Clinica chimica acta; international journal of clinical chemistry

Decrease of pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphatase activity in patients with congenital lactic acidemia.


PMID 1327585

Abstract

We developed an assay method for pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphatase activity using [1-14C]pyruvate and measured pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphatase activity in cultured skin fibroblasts from three patients with congenital lactic acidemia due to a defect in activation of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex. The enzyme activity of their fibroblasts was significantly reduced to 50.7%, 64.6% and 63.1% of that of control fibroblasts. These observations suggest that the defect in activation of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex in these patients might be due to a reduction in pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphatase activity.