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Clin Chim Acta. 1990 Nov 15;192(1):69-76.

The effect of excess daily methionine intake on plasma homocysteine after a methionine loading test in humans.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Chemistry, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.


Impaired homocysteine metabolism might be a risk factor for vascular disease. Peroral methionine loading and post-load determination of methionine and homocysteine in plasma has frequently been used for identifying subjects with genetically impaired homocysteine metabolism. However, a methionine-rich diet induces a more efficient homocysteine catabolism in the rat, which suggests that humans on diets with differing methionine content might respond differently to the methionine loading test. To study this we performed methionine loading in six healthy subjects before and after 2 wk of excessive daily methionine intake (300% of normal). On each occasion plasma homocysteine and methionine were measured at several intervals post-load. However, neither the methionine clearance nor the post-load homocysteine concentrations were affected by excess methionine. We conclude that variations in the daily methionine intake will not influence the methionine loading test.

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