Using a method developed to measure plasma protein-bound 1/2-cystine, we have observed that the metabolic state can affect the distribution of plasma cyst(e)ine between the bound and the free form. In five patients with homocyst(e)inemia, 1/2-homocystine was found to have replaced virtually all the cysteine normally present on sulfhydryl-binding sites of plasma proteins. The majority of the cyst(e)ine measured in the plasma of these patients (6.9 ± 2.4 μmol/dl, x̄ ±SD) was present in the form of a mixed disulfide with 1/2-homocystine (5.4 ± 0.9 μmol/dl) rather than being free in the plasma or bound to plasma proteins.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||American Journal of Clinical Nutrition|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1981|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Nutrition and Dietetics