Methionine Metabolite Excretion as Affected by a Vitamin B-6 Deficiency

  • Hellen M. Linkswiler


The effect of a vitamin B-6 deficiency on the metabolism of methionine was investigated in three different studies conducted at the University of Wisconsin. In the first study, 49 days in length, six young men were subjects (1), and in the second study, 35 days in length, five young women participated (2). The purpose of these two studies was to determine the effect of a vitamin B-6 deficiency on the urinary excretion of homocystine, cystathionine, cysteine sulfinic acid and taurine, all metabolites of methionine whose formation and/or degradation are dependent upon the presence of vitamin B-6. The third study, 60 days in length, dealt with the effect of a vitamin B-6 deficiency on the metabolism of methionine by 14 oral contraceptive users and 10 nonusers as determined by the urinary excretion of the same five metabolites mentioned earlier (3). Since there was no significant difference between the oral contraceptive users and the nonusers in the excretion of any of the compounds, the two groups were combined for the purpose of this discussion.


Protein Intake Protein Diet Kynurenic Acid Cysteic Acid Oral Contraceptive User 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hellen M. Linkswiler
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  1. 1.Department of Nutritional Sciences College of Agricultural Life SciencesUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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