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Biochem J. 1980 Mar 15;186(3):933-6.

The effect of nitrous oxide inactivation of vitamin B12 on rat hepatic folate. Implications for the methylfolate-trap hypothesis.


Rats exposed to N20 show a decrease in liver folate to about 25% of the initial value after 10 days. There is a transient increase in the amount of 5-methylterrahydropteroylpolyglutamate in the first 24 h, but thereafter the content decreases. The level of 5-methyltetrahydropterolymonoglutamate declines without any transitory increase. The transient accumulation of 5-methyltetrahydropteroylpolyglutamate is due to failure of methionine synthetase. Thereafter the decrease in the amount of methylfolate makes it improbable that trapping of methylfolate is the explanation for failure of folate metabolism in vitamin B12 deficiency.

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