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Eur J Pediatr. 1978 Jan 17;127(2):141-7.

Congenital lactic acidosis due to pyruvate carboxylase deficiency: absence of an inhibitor of TPP-ATP phosphoryl transferase.


Two children are described who suffered from episodes of metabolic acidosis and progressive mental and motor deterioration. The patients showed periodic elevation of blood lactate, pyruvate and alanine, which was accompanied by vomiting, hypotonia or convulsions. The concentrations of lactate and pyruvate in cerebrospinal fluid were found to be increased. Liver biopsies revealed a decrease in pyruvate carboxylase activity and normal pyruvate decarboxylase activity. No inhibitor of TPP-ATP phosphoryl transferase was detected in urine from the patients. These findings suggest that congenital lactic acidosis due to pyruvate carboxylase deficiency is probably a different disease entity from Leigh's encephalomyelopathy. A possible mechanism of brain damage caused by a defect in pyruvate carboxylase is postulated.

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