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Res Vet Sci. 1984 Sep;37(2):249-51.

Contribution of cobalamin analogues to plasma vitamin B12 concentrations in cattle.

Abstract

Plasma vitamin B12 concentrations in cattle were analysed by a radioisotope dilution assay using pig intrinsic factor and a microbiological assay using Euglena gracilis. Both assays provided similar results for samples of cattle plasma containing vitamin B12 concentrations ranging from 0.07 to 3.60 micrograms litre-1 (r = 0.95, P less than 0.001). The addition of excess cobinamide in the radioisotope dilution assay to block non-specific binding in the intrinsic factor preparation due to the presence of R-type binders, was used to determine the presence of cobalamin analogues. Cobalamin analogues accounted for up to 50 per cent of the total vitamin B12 concentration in samples of plasma from cows but were virtually undetectable in plasma from sheep.

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