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Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Oct;80(4):932-5.

Smoking accelerates biotin catabolism in women.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Smoking accelerates the degradation of many nutrients, including lipids, antioxidants, and certain B vitamins. Accelerated biotin catabolism is of concern in women because marginal biotin deficiency is teratogenic in mammals.

OBJECTIVE:

The objective was to assess the effect of smoking on the biotin status of women.

DESIGN:

A preliminary study of 7 women and 3 men examined the urinary concentrations of biotin and its metabolites biotin sulfoxide and bisnorbiotin in smokers. The interpretation of the results of this study was limited by the lack of a contemporaneous control group; consequently, we conducted a cohort-controlled study. Smoking women (n = 8) and nonsmoking control subjects (n = 15) provided 24-h urine samples; excretion rates of biotin, the biotin metabolites, and 3-hydroxyisovaleric acid were determined. Increased urinary excretion of 3-hydroxyisovaleric acid, which reflects a reduced activity of the biotin-dependent enzyme 3-methylcrotonyl-Co A carboxylase, is a sensitive indicator of biotin depletion at the tissue level.

RESULTS:

Compared with control subjects from previous studies, the smoking women in the preliminary study excreted significantly less urinary biotin (P = 0.02). Moreover, the ratio of urinary biotin sulfoxide to biotin increased (P = 0.04) in these women. In the cohort-controlled study, the urinary excretion of biotin decreased by 30% (P = 0.04), and the ratios of urinary bisnorbiotin and biotin sulfoxide to biotin increased significantly, which indicated accelerated catabolism in smokers. Moreover, the urinary excretion of 3-hydroxyisovaleric acid was greater in the smokers than in the control subjects (P = 0.04), which indicated biotin depletion in the smokers at the tissue level.

CONCLUSION:

These data provide evidence of accelerated biotin metabolism in smoking women, which results in marginal biotin deficiency.

PMID:
15447901
PMCID:
PMC1450014
DOI:
10.1093/ajcn/80.4.932
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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