AbstractWe report on the use of recombinant human intrinsic factor (rhIF) in a new vitamin B12 absorption test. Holotranscobalamin (holoTC) was measured before and 24 hours after intake of three 9-mg doses of vitamin B12 (B12) and again 24 hours after intake of the same dose of B12 together with rhIF (rhIF-B12). Nine patients with evident vitamin B12 deficiency had a significantly higher increase in holoTC after intake of rhIF-B12 than after intake of B12. Twenty-eight patients with suspected vitamin B12 deficiency showed no additional increase in holoTC after intake of rhIF-B12. We conclude that rhIF promotes B12 absorption among patients with evident vitamin B12 deficiency.
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Vol. 91 No. 6 (2006): June, 2006 : Articles
Ferrata Storti Foundation, Pavia, Italy
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