Deficiency of Reduced Nicotinamide-Adenine Dinucleotide Oxidase in Chronic Granulomatous Disease

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Science  13 Dec 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3859, pp. 1277-1279
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3859.1277


Reduced nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide oxidase of normal human polymorphonuclear leukocytes has properties that would qualify it as the enzyme responsible for the respiratory burst during phagocytosis. The enzyme was deficient in leukocytes of five patients with chronic granulomatous disease. This lack of adequate reduced nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide oxidase could be the basis for the metabolic abnormalities characteristic of these leukocytes and for their diminished bactericidal activity.

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