Alcira M C del Batlle

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Delta-aminolevulinic acid (ALA), precursor of heme, accumulates in a number of organs, particularly in liver of patients with acute porphyrias or lead intoxication. This study characterizes the involvement of bilirubin as an antioxidant in a chronic intoxication with ALA. Female Wistar rats were injected intraperitoneally a daily dose of 40 mg ALA/body wt.,(More)
1. Coproporphyrinogenase has been prepared from rat-liver mitochondria and its properties have been studied. The isoelectric point was found to be around pH5.0 and the molecular weight to be 80000+/-8000. The pH optimum of the enzymic reaction was 7.4 and the apparent K(m) was of the order 0.03mm. The enzyme was destroyed by boiling and irreversible(More)
BACKGROUND Acute Intermittent Porphyria is a genetic disorder of heme metabolism, characterized by increased levels of porphyrin precursors, delta-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and porphobilinogen (PBG). ALA has been reported to generate reactive oxygen species and to cause oxidative damage to proteins, subcellular structures and DNA. It is known that oxidative(More)
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