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Pediatrics. 1986 Jul;78(1):51-4.

New disorder of vitamin B12 metabolism (cobalamin F) presenting as methylmalonic aciduria.


An infant with vitamin B12-responsive methylmalonic aciduria and no homocystinuria or megaloblastic anemia presented with stomatitis, glossitis, convulsions, and developmental delay. Cultured fibroblasts showed defective incorporation of both [14C]5-methyltetrahydrofolate and [14C]propionate into protein by whole cells and a decrease of methionine synthase activity in cell extracts. Despite excessive incorporation of [57Co]cyano-B12 by fibroblasts from the patient, free vitamin B12 was unable to efflux from lysosomes, and, therefore, synthesis of both adenosyl-B12 and methyl-B12 was impaired.

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