A study of alpha-ketoacids in protein malnutrition
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Pyruvic acid and alpha-ketoglutaric acid were estimated in blood and urine of seven marasmic and three normal children.
A new electrophoretic method of separation of DANB derivatives of pyruvic acid and alpha-ketoglutaric acid has been described.
The pyruvic and alpha-ketoglutaric acid levels in blood were raised when compared to that of normal.
The urinary excretion of pyruvic and alpha-ketoglutaric acids were found to be less in the morning samples than in the normals.
The nature of derangement of the Kreb's cycle in marasmus is discussed.
KeywordsSuccinic Acid Normal Child Pyruvic Acid Malnourished Child Protein Malnutrition
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