It was found that ATP and cyclic AMP were greatly increased in human blood lymphocytes which weredeficient in ADA. Certain other purine and pyrimidine nucleotides were elevated but to a lesser degree. Energy production in these cells may be inhibited by the increase in nucleotides since the ATP:ADP ratio was significantly below normal. Thus it appears that the immunologic deficiency in human ADA deficiency is related to increased nucleotide concentrations in the lymphocytes.
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- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health