Purine Metabolism in Heterozygous Carriers of Hypoxanthine-Guanine Phosphoribosyltransferase Deficiency

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Science  19 Dec 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3912, pp. 1533-1535
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3912.1533


The urate pool and daily turnover of urate, together with the rate of incorporation of glycine into urate, were measured in three asymptomatic mothers who had sons with various degrees of deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase activity. Two of these mothers had abnormally increased values for the urate pool, urate turnover, and 24-hour urinary excretion of uric acid. These two mothers also had reduced hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase activity and increased adenine phosphoribosyltransferase activity in erythrocyte lysates. All three mothers showed an abnormal increase in urate production, as judged by the rate of incorporation of glycinie into urate.

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