Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 39, Issue 2–3, pp 203–210 | Cite as

Increased plasma pyridoxal-5′-phosphate when alkaline phosphatase activity is reduced in moderately zinc-deficient rats

  • Daisy Y. -Y. Wan
  • Florian L. Cerklewski
  • James E. Leklem


It is generally believed that the zinc metalloenzyme alkaline phosphatase is required to hydrolyze phosphorylated forms of vitamin B-6 prior to their use. To test this hypothesis, rats were fed a liquid diet containing either adequate or moderately low zinc during gestation and lactation. Zinc deficiency was produced in dams evidenced by significant reductions in zinc concentration of plasma (49%), liver (25%), and femur (24%), and plasma alkaline phosphatase activity (48%). Plasma pyridoxal-5′-phosphate (PLP), which significantly increased (61%) in these same rats, was negatively correlated (r=−0.74,P<0.02) with plasma alkaline phosphatase activity. Maternal liver PLP concentration was unaffected by zinc status. The zinc and vitamin B-6 relationship seen in dams was less observable in offspring. Stimulation of erythrocyte alanine aminotransferase activity by exogenously added PLP in vitro tended to be higher in both moderately zinc-deficient mothers and their offspring, but the difference was not significant. Our results support the hypothesis that alkaline phosphatase activity is required for the hydrolysis of plasma PLP. Our results also suggest that zinc status as alkaline phosphatase activity should be defined in an individual if plasma PLP is to be used as an indicator of vitamin B-6 status.

Index Entries

Zinc vitamin B-6 alkaline phosphatase pyridoxal-5′-phosphate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daisy Y. -Y. Wan
    • 1
  • Florian L. Cerklewski
    • 1
  • James E. Leklem
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Nutrition and Food ManagementOregon State UniversityCorvallis

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