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Vitamin B 6

VITAMIN B 6 refers to several PICOLINES (especially PYRIDOXINE; PYRIDOXAL; and PYRIDOXAMINE) that are efficiently converted by the body to PYRIDOXAL PHOSPHATE which is a coenzyme for synthesis of amino acids, neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine), sphingolipids, and aminolevulinic acid. During transamination of amino acids, pyridoxal phosphate is transiently converted into PYRIDOXAMINE phosphate. Although pyridoxine and Vitamin B 6 are still frequently used as synonyms, especially by medical researchers, this practice is erroneous and sometimes misleading (EE Snell; Ann NY Acad Sci, vol 585 pg 1, 1990). Most of vitamin B6 is eventually degraded to PYRIDOXIC ACID and excreted in the urine.

Year introduced: 2002

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Tree Number(s): D03.383.725.676.925

MeSH Unique ID: D025101

Registry Number: 8059-24-3

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  • Vitamin B6

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