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Pediatr Res. 1977 Dec;11(12):1198-202.

Deficiency of dihydrolipoyl dehydrogenase (a component of the pyruvate and alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase complexes): a cause of congenital chronic lactic acidosis in infancy.


A male child died at 7 months of age with progressive neurologic deterioration and persistent metabolic acidosis. Investigations during life showed this child to have elevated blood pyruvate, lactate, and alpha-ketoglutarate as well as elevation of branched chain amino acids and occasional hypoglycemia. Cofactor therapy using either thiamine-HCl (2 g/kg/24 hr) or thiamine tetrahydrofurfuryl disulfide had no measurable effect on the clinical or biochemical status of the patient. Tissue taken postmortem showed normal levels of key gluconeogenic enzymes but a deficiency in the activity of pyruvate dehydrogenase in all tissues tested (liver, brain, kidney, skeletal muscle, and heart). Examination of the individual activities of pyruvate dehydrogenase complex showed pyruvate decarboxylase (E1) to be normal in liver and other tissues. Dihydrolipoyl dehydrogenase (E3), on the other hand, was deficient in all tissues tested. alpha-Ketoglutarate dehydrogenase complex, which depends of E3 for its total activity, was also deficient in all tissues tested. The absence of this enzyme id discussed in relation to the clinical and biochemical status of the patient.

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