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Ratio of plasma alpha amino-n-butyric acid to leucine as an empirical marker of alcoholism: diagnostic value

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Science  16 Sep 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4309, pp. 1183-1185
DOI: 10.1126/science.561441

Abstract

The ratio of plasma alpha amino-n-butyric acid to leucine was raised in patients with both alcohol-related and nonalchol-related liver disease. This ratio appears to act as a relatively nonsensitive index of hepatocellular dysfunction rather than an index of alcoholism.