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Significance of L-alloisoleucine in plasma for diagnosis of maple syrup urine disease.

In maple syrup urine disease (MSUD; McKusik 248600), the degradation of the essential branched-chain L-amino acids leucine, valine, and isoleucine and their derived 2-oxoacids is impaired because of an inherited deficiency in branched-chain 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase complex (EC activity. The accumulation of branched-chain compounds in blood and other body fluids can exert neurotoxic effects by as yet unclear mechanisms. There are two clinical types of the disease: a severe (classical) form associated with very low branched-chain 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase complex activity (<2% of control), and variant forms with variable residual activity of the enzyme complex (2-40% of control) [see Ref. (1) for a comprehensive review].

In the classical form, severe neurological symptoms and a maple syrup-like odor appear during the first week of life. Demonstration of grossly increased concentrations of branched-chain amino acids, especially leucine, in plasma firmly establishes the diagnosis.

In patients with the variant form of MSUD, the onset of metabolic derangements associated with ketoacidosis and cerebral symptoms is generally delayed. In these patients, overt clinical symptoms may be absent for months, years, or even decades. Some patients are admitted for medical examination because of psychomotor retardation and are diagnosed incidentally without having a history of ketoacidotic episodes. In other patients, intermittent episodes may arise in infancy and childhood during catabolic states, which are often triggered, in an apparently unpredictable manner, by intercurrent illnesses (1-4). We, for example, recently experienced diagnosis of variant MSUD in two 4- and 5-year-old German patients who were experiencing severe metabolic crises. One of these patients remained undetected although traceably subjected to neonatal screening.

Detection of MSUD variants can be difficult. In the absence of evident clinical symptoms, the patients often exhibit near normal or moderately increased plasma concentrations of leucine, valine, and isoleucine, which are similar to the concentrations observed in secondary amino acid disturbances such as ketotic hypoglycemia, diabetes mellitus, starvation, and other catabolic states (5-10). Early diagnosis of MSUD is essential, however, to maintain patients under metabolic control during intercurrent episodes to prevent permanent brain damage. Thus, a suitable indicator specific for MSUD is needed that permits early identification of variant MSUD.

We therefore examined the (patho)physiological significance of alloisoleucine plasma concentrations for the differential diagnosis of MSUD. This nonprotein amino acid is formed from isoleucine in vivo. It is consistently present in human plasma and can be reliably determined along with the other branched-chain amino acids (11). In the present study, we established alloisoleucine reference ranges and investigated the effect of dietary isoleucine on plasma L-alloisoleucine. Based on these results, a cutoff value was defined. This value was then used to estimate the sensitivity and specificity of increased alloisoleucine plasma concentrations for the diagnosis of MSUD.

Materials and Methods


Adult control subjects [23 males, 12 females; mean age ([+ or -] SD) 28 [+ or -] 9 years] had a routine physical examination, received no medication, and had no acute or chronic illness. Infants (27 males, 23 females; 1.1 [+ or -] 1.0 years) and children (9 males, 8 females; 5.6 [+ or -] 2.2 years) were without metabolic defects. Patients with diabetes mellitus (33 males, 36 females; 54 [+ or -] 14 years) and phenylketonuria (6 males, 9 females; 13 [+ or -] 8 years) were from the inpatient clinic of the Diabetes Forschungsinstitut and the outpatient clinic of the University's children s hospital, respectively. Plasma samples from patients with ketotic hypoglycemia were kindly provided by Dr. O.A.F. Bodamer (Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Houston, TX). The patients with the classical form of MSUD (4 males, 3 females; 13 [+ or -] 4 years) were characterized by neonatal onset of the disease, very low protein tolerance, and residual L-[1-[sup.14]C]leucine oxidation in cultured fibroblasts of <1% of control [see Ref. (12)]. The obligate heterozygotes under study (5 males, 5 females; 38 [+ or -] 9 years) were parents of patients with established classical MSUD. The clinical characteristics of patients with variant forms of MSUD are compiled in Table 2. In all the patients, blood was collected on occasion of routine clinical examination or for metabolic monitoring.


Branched-chain amino acid concentrations in plasma were measured on an automatic amino acid analyzer (LC 5000, LC 6000; Biotronik), using ninhydrin detection and a short program as detailed previously (11). The limit of detection for the branched-chain amino acids was <0.05 nmol (equivalent to plasma concentrations of <0.2 [micro]mol/ L). The range for reliable quantification of alloisoleucine was 0.1-10 nmol (equivalent to 0.5-50 [micro]mol/L in plasma). Over this range, the molar response (area per nmol) varied <5%. Typically, the CV was well below 10%, e.g., for alloisoleucine in plasma at 1 (250) [micro]mol/L, the CV within (n = 10) and between runs (n = 9) was 7 (2) % and 8 (2) %,respectively. When the concentration exceeded 50 [micro]mol/L in plasma, the sample was diluted appropriately before analysis. Thus, in specimens from non-MSUD subjects, concentrations of alloisoleucine and the other branched-chain amino acids were generally measured in separate analytical runs. Analytical data of external MSUD patients were provided by the respective attending metabolic centers, which applied an equivalent methodology for the determination of plasma amino acids. Residual activity of branched-chain 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase complex in our laboratory was assessed in cultured fibroblasts using L-[1-[sup.14]C]leucine as described previously (12).


After an overnight fast, six healthy subjects (five males, one female; 31 [+ or -] 5 years) received 5 mg of L-isoleucine per kilogram of body weight (dissolved in 50 mL of diluted citric acid solution; low-dose loading) orally. Three volunteers (two males, one female; 29 [+ or -] 9 years) underwent a high-dose loading and ingested 200 mg of L-isoleucine per kilogram of body weight thoroughly mixed with 150 mL of yogurt. The L-isoleucine (from Bachem) was essentially free from L-alloisoleucine (<0.03%). Venous blood was collected into EDTA tubes just before (basal values) and after ingestion of the loading dose according to the time schedules depicted in Fig. 1. Plasma was obtained by centrifugation and analyzed for branched-chain amino acids as described above. Written informed consent was obtained from the participants. The experimental protocol had been approved by the Ethikkommission of the Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf.


Unless otherwise noted, the results are presented as means [+ or -] SEM with the number of determinations in parentheses. Correlations were checked by simple linear regression analysis (least-squares method). For examination of differences, the Mann-Whitney U-test (two-tailed) was applied. Sensitivity estimates were based on the relationship between the number of plasma samples with alloisoleucine concentrations beyond the cutoff value and the total number of plasma analyses.



To establish alloisoleucine reference values, plasma branched-chain amino acids were measured in healthy subjects, children (3-10 years), and infants (<3 years). The mean leucine, valine and isoleucine concentrations were essentially comparable between children and adults (Table 1) and plasma alloisoleucine was 1.6 [+ or -] 0.1 (n = 17) and 1.9 [+ or -] 0.1 [micro]mol/L (n = 35), respectively. In the infants under study (n = 50), the mean alloisoleucine concentration in plasma was slightly (1.4 [+ or -] 0.1 [micro]mol/L) but significantly lower than in adults (P <<0.001) in the presence of increased concentrations (P < or <<0.001) of the other branched-chain amino acids (see Table 1).



To assess the effect of dietary isoleucine on plasma alloisoleucine concentrations, loading tests were performed. When healthy volunteers ingested 38 [micro]mol of L-isoleucine per kilogram of body weight (low-dose loading), the mean peak increase of plasma isoleucine over basal was 78 [+ or -] 10 [micro]mol/L (121% [+ or -] 10%; n = 6). However, the increase of alloisoleucine was scarcely measurable (<0.3 [micro]mol/L; Fig. 1). High-dose L-isoleucine loading (1527 [micro]mol/kg of body weight) induced considerable peak increases in plasma isoleucine (1763 [+ or -] 133 [micro]mol/L; n = 3) but only minor peak increases in plasma alloisoleucine (5.5 [+ or -] 1.2 [micro]mol/L; Fig. 1).


Alloisoleucine plasma concentrations were also evaluated in several metabolic defects. In patients with diabetes mellitus exhibiting significantly increased mean leucine (53%), valine (36%), and isoleucine (35%) plasma concentrations (P <<0.001 vs adult controls), alloisoleucine concentrations were comparable to control concentrations (see Table 1). In patients with phenylketonuria and ketotic hypoglycemia, the plasma concentrations of all branched-chain amino acids, including alloisoleucine, were comparable to control concentrations. As checked by regression analysis, the plasma concentrations of alloisoleucine and its metabolic precursor, isoleucine, were statistically not correlated in all non-MSUD study groups, including adults, children, and infants [e.g., linear regression for controls: y = 0.002 ([+ or -] 0.002)x + 1.39 ([+ or -] 0.20); coefficient of determination = 0.008; n = 102].


In the non-MSUD study groups, plasma alloisoleucine was always below 5 [micro]mol/L. The loading experiments also suggest that in controls and non-MSUD patients receiving branched-chain amino acids in typical amounts in their diet, plasma alloisoleucine concentrations should not exceed that value. Therefore, this value was taken as a reasonable cutoff value for the discrimination of MSUD and non-MSUD subjects.

Of note is that alloisoleucine concentrations were below the cutoff in obligate heterozygous parents of patients with the classical form of MSUD (Table 1). In classical MSUD patients, alloisoleucine concentrations >5 [micro]mol/L were found in 99.9% of a representative number of unselected plasma samples (n = 2453 from seven patients; Table 1). There was a statistically highly significant linear relationship between isoleucine (x) and alloisoleucine (y) concentrations [y = 0.40 ([+ or -] 0.01)x + 54.6 ([+ or -] 2.0); P <<0.001] with but a somewhat low coefficient of determination (coefficient of determination = 0.419).

When plasma branched-chain amino acids were within ranges indicating good to moderate metabolic control in the patients (leucine, valine, and isoleucine concentrations within 50-500, 100-700, and 30-300 [micro]mol/L, respectively), alloisoleucine was consistently >7 [micro]mol/L (mean,120 [+ or -] 2 [micro]mol/L; range, 7-443 [micro]mol/L; n = 1085). In 208 samples, normal branched-chain amino acid concentrations were found (i.e., leucine, valine, and isoleucine concentrations within 50-250, 100-400, 30-150 [micro]mol/L), but the alloisoleucine concentration was 90 [+ or -] 3 [micro]mol/L (range, 7-244 [micro]mol/L).

Altogether, there were just two exceptions in classical MSUD with alloisoleucine concentrations <5 [micro]mol/L. In these samples (from one patient), isoleucine was virtually absent from plasma (<1 [micro]mol/L). We noticed six additional plasma samples in which isoleucine had incidentally dropped to such low concentrations. In the latter cases, however, the alloisoleucine concentrations were 69 [+ or -] 9 [micro]mol/L (range, 38-92 [micro]mol/L), which was in good agreement with the values predicted by the results of the correlation analysis given above.

Appropriate observations in variant MSUD are far less abundant. Data procured for nine patients with variant MSUD of different severity are compiled in Table 2. In all patients, alloisoleucine was >5 [micro]mol/L in the blood samples taken for the establishment of diagnosis by quantitative amino acid analysis before the start of dietary treatment. Under good to moderate metabolic control (see above), five patients with more severe variants generally exhibited clearly increased alloisoleucine concentrations (patients D.G., Y.M, S.C., H.H., and T.R.). In the mild variants, the plasma concentrations were somewhat lower and the individual frequency of increased alloisoleucine was more variable. The frequency, however, was never below 78% (patient L.F; Table 2).

Of note is that, in variants, alloisoleucine was increased in 153 (86%) of a total of 179 plasma specimens that exhibited otherwise normal branched-chain amino acid concentrations (for ranges, see above). Altogether, the incidence of alloisoleucine above the cutoff value in variant MSUD was 94% (n = 624; Table 2).


The present findings in adults, children, infants, and non-MSUD patients corroborate our previous surmise that alloisoleucine is a common constituent of human plasma (11,13). The concentrations, however, are often too low to be measured reliably in routine amino acid analysis. It is interesting to note that the infants under study showed significantly lower mean plasma alloisoleucine concentrations than adults despite the presence of increased mean plasma concentrations of the other branched-chain amino acids. The lower relative muscle mass in infants compared with older subjects might provide an explanation of this apparent age dependency. Most likely, alloisoleucine is produced as a byproduct of isoleucine transamination (14), and the branched-chain amino acid aminotransferase activity in humans is localized mainly in muscle tissue (15).

The results in diabetic patients show that moderately increased branched-chain amino acid concentrations do not in themselves lead to increased alloisoleucine concentrations. Likewise, transient branched-chain aminoacidemia that occurs, for example, in ketotic hypoglycemia and starvation appears not to be associated with increased alloisoleucine concentrations (5-10). Similarly, the transient approximately twofold increase of plasma isoleucine in the present low-dose isoleucine loading studies exerted no significant effect on plasma alloisoleucine. In the high-dose loads, the isoleucine equivalents administered corresponded to ~4 g of protein/kg of body weight. This amount grossly exceeded the uptake in a typical meal. The effect on increases in alloisoleucine, however, was only slight despite the ~30-fold peak increase in plasma isoleucine. Taken together, these findings indicate that increased plasma concentrations and the routine dietary supply of isoleucine have negligible influence on the alloisoleucine plasma concentrations in non-MSUD subjects. With exception of the high-dose isoleucine loads, we never observed plasma alloisoleucine concentrations >5 [micro]mol/L in the non-MSUD study groups. Therefore, this concentration was taken as a tentative cutoff value for a retrospective analysis in MSUD patients.

The general knowledge that the presence of alloisoleucine is characteristic of MSUD (1, 16, 17) has apparently never been substantiated in quantitative terms. According to the present data, alloisoleucine concentrations below the cutoff value are extremely rare in classical MSUD and occur only when the patients are on a too strict dietary regimen. Generally, increased alloisoleucine persisted even when the isoleucine concentrations were extremely low (<1 [micro]mol/L). The latter was not unexpected in MSUD because it has been shown that plasma alloisoleucine increases within hours after an isoleucine challenge but decreases with sluggish plasma kinetics within days or even weeks (18-20). In the 2 samples (of 2453) in which plasma alloisoleucine was <5 [micro]mol/L, the patient was on a stringently restricted diet, and isoleucine was practically absent from the plasma. Most likely, there was a somewhat prolonged isoleucine deficiency in this patient, which finally led to the disappearance of plasma alloisoleucine.

In our patients showing a rather representative spectrum of variant MSUD, alloisoleucine was below the cutoff value in several plasma samples although isoleucine was generally beyond 30 [micro]mol/L. The overall incidence of increased alloisoleucine decreased with the severity of the disease, in agreement with previous findings showing a graded enhancement of plasma alloisoleucine clearance in MSUD variants (20). In the majority of samples, however, alloisoleucine was >5 [micro]mol/L. In the absence of grossly increased branched-chain amino acid concentrations and any clinical symptoms, increased alloisoleucine was found in at least 78% of the samples taken from an individual patient. Even when the branched-chain amino acid concentrations were normal, the incidence of alloisoleucine beyond the cutoff value was never below 70% (patient L.F.; data not shown).

Regarding the significance of increased plasma branched-chain amino acid concentrations for the diagnosis of MSUD, leucine, valine, and isoleucine should exceed ~400, 600, and 250 [micro]mol/L, respectively, to allow reliable differentiation of MSUD-induced increases from secondary disturbances of branched-chain amino acid metabolism that occur, e.g., in ketotic hypoglycemia (5, 6). In our classical MSUD patients, the overall percentages of samples exhibiting plasma concentrations above these threshold values were 43% with leucine, 2% with valine, and 20% with isoleucine compared with >99% of the samples showing increased alloisoleucine. In variants, the overall percentages of increased plasma concentrations were 28% with leucine, 3% with valine, and 14% with isoleucine, compared with 94% with alloisoleucine. Simultaneous increases of leucine, valine, and isoleucine over these threshold values were found in only 2% of the specimens from classical MSUD patients and in 3% of the samples obtained from the variants.

Taken together, the present findings indicate that plasma alloisoleucine is the most sensitive and most specific general diagnostic marker for classical as well as variant forms of MSUD. Alloisoleucine analysis in plasma should allow a differential diagnosis of MSUD even in episodes of mild clinical symptoms and before the development of severe metabolic crises. Urinary analysis cannot be recommended for this purpose. Because of the generally low and rather variable fractional renal clearance of branched-chain compounds, analysis in urine is far less sensitive than in plasma specimens (21).

When based on an alloisoleucine cutoff value of 5 [micro]mol/L, the sensitivity estimates for detection of variant and classical MSUD in the absence of clinical symptoms were >90% and >99%,respectively. The sensitivity in the presence of symptoms and the overall specificity can be expected to be almost 100%.

Supported in part by Grant We 614/9-2 from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of colleagues who provided data on their MSUD patients: Dr. D. Leupold (Ulm, Germany), Dr. B. Plecko (Graz, Austria), and Prof. J-M. Saudubray (Paris, France). Plasma samples from patients with ketotic hypoglycemia were kindly provided by Dr. O.A.F. Bodamer (Houston, TX). This communication contains parts of the thesis of A. Bodner-Leidecker.

Received May 19, 1999; accepted July 22, 1999.


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[1] Diabetes Forschungsinstitut and [2] Kinderklinik, Heinrich-Heine-Universitat, D-40225 Dusseldorf, Germany.

Preliminary results were presented at the Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism 36th Annual Symposium, September 1-4, 1998, York, UK.

* Address correspondence to this author at: Diabetes-Forschungsinstitut, Klinische Biochemie, Auf'm Hennekamp 65, D-40225 Dusseldorf, Germany. Fax 49-211-3382-603; e-mail
Table 1. Branched-chain amino acid concentrations in plasma.

 Plasma concentration, (a) [micro]mol/L

Subjects Leu

 Adults 129 [+ or -] 4 (129; 78-165)
 Children, 3-11 years 169 [+ or -] 10 (172; 82-240)
 Infants, <3 years 178 [+ or -] 8 (188; 63-299)

Non-MSUD patients with
 Diabetes mellitus 198 [+ or -] 5 (196; 116-318)
 Phenylketonuria 155 [+ or -] 20 (131; 44-330)
 Ketotic hypoglycemia 109 [+ or -] 7 (101; 78-161)

Heterorygous parents 175 [+ or -] 22 (150; 114-310)
Classical MSUD 409 [+ or -] 7 (344; 2-3794)

 Plasma concentration, (a) [micro]mol/L

Subjects Val

 Adults 232 [+ or -] 7 (233; 145-304)
 Children, 3-11 years 264 [+ or -] 15 (251; 166-407)
 Infants, <3 years 253 [+ or -] 11 (243; 130-432)

Non-MSUD patients with
 Diabetes mellitus 316 [+ or -] 9 (306; 194-517)
 Phenylketonuria 282 [+ or -] 25 (245; 160-464)
 Ketotic hypoglycemia 169 [+ or -] 9 (165; 119-211)

Heterorygous parents 261 [+ or -] 26 (237; 192-455)
Classical MSUD 245 [+ or -] 3 (222; 17-1308)

 Plasma concentration, (a) [micro]mol/L

Subjects Ile

 Adults 66 [+ or -] 2 (67; 39-91)
 Children, 3-11 years 77 [+ or -] 5 (73; 41-124)
 Infants, <3 years 84 [+ or -] 4 (86; 34-147)

Non-MSUD patients with
 Diabetes mellitus 89 [+ or -] 2 (92; 56-180)
 Phenylketonuria 79 [+ or -] 10 (65; 40-180)
 Ketotic hypoglycemia 56 [+ or -] 3 (53; 47-72)

Heterorygous parents 79 [+ or -] 11 (63; 53-170)
Classical MSUD 182 [+ or -] 2 (168; <1-1290)

Subjects Allo (b)

 Adults 1.9 [+ or -] 0.1 (1.8; 0.7-3.4)
 Children, 3-11 years 1.6 [+ or -] 0.1 (1.5; 0.7-2.5)
 Infants, <3 years 1.4 [+ or -] 0.1 (1.4; 0.5-2.6)

Non-MSUD patients with
 Diabetes mellitus 2.2 [+ or -] 0.1 (1.8; 0.8-4.6)
 Phenylketonuria 1.6 [+ or -] 0.1 (1.5; 0.5-2.6)
 Ketotic hypoglycemia <2.5

Heterorygous parents 2.0 [+ or -] 0.3 (1.8; 1.1-3.7)
Classical MSUD 127 [+ or -] 1 (115; <1-626)

Subjects n

 Adults 35
 Children, 3-11 years 17
 Infants, <3 years 50

Non-MSUD patients with
 Diabetes mellitus 69
 Phenylketonuria 15
 Ketotic hypoglycemia 10 (c)

Heterorygous parents 10
Classical MSUD 2453 (d)

(a) Median and range in parentheses.

(b) Allo, alloisolencine.

(c) Samples from five different patients.

(d) Samples from seven different patients.

Table 2. Characteristic data of patients with variant form of MSUD.

 BCOA-DH (b)
 activity, (c)
 Age at % of Protein
Patient diagnosis (a) control intake (d)

D.G. (g) (female, 3 weeks (j) 2 0.5-0.6 (l)
 born 1974) (01/80-12/98)
Y.M. (g) (female, 2 months (j) 4 0.5-0.6 (l)
 born 1977) (12/77-04/89)
S.C. (g) (female, 21 months (j) 7 1.2-1.4
 born 1986) (02/88-08/89)
H.H. (male, born 7.5 years (j) 9 0.8-1.2
 1985) (02/92-09/98)
S.T. (g) (female, 3 weeks (j) 11 1.0-1.5
 born 1977) (08/77-07/88)
T.R. (h) (male, 3.2 years (j) 15 0.6-1.0
 born 1964) (10/67-03/98)
S.K. (g) (male, 3 weeks (k) 17 1.5-2.0
 born 1979) (07/79-11/86)
D.N. (g) (male, 4 weeks (k) 25 1.5
 born 1978) (11/78-09/98)
L.F. (female, 3 weeks (k) NA 1.0-1.5
 born 1990) (07/90-12/98)

 Plasma concentration, (e)
 Age at
Patient diagnosis (a) Leu Ile

D.G. (g) (female, 3 weeks (j) 254 [+ or -] 10 145 [+ or -] 5
 born 1974) (01/80-12/98) (260; 61-496) (137; 31-290)
Y.M. (g) (female, 2 months (j) 347 [+ or -] 11 156 [+ or -] 6
 born 1977) (12/77-04/89) (346;160-500) (157;38-250)
S.C. (g) (female, 21 months (j) 421 [+ or -] 14 202 [+ or -] 5
 born 1986) (02/88-08/89) (435; 328-473) (199; 175-229)
H.H. (male, born 7.5 years (j) 242 [+ or -] 9 107 [+ or -] 6
 1985) (02/92-09/98) (237; 178-327) (105; 69-165)
S.T. (g) (female, 3 weeks (j) 209 [+ or -] 10 101 [+ or -] 5
 born 1977) (08/77-07/88) (199; 71-474) (92; 32-228)
T.R. (h) (male, 3.2 years (j) 304 [+ or -] 30 152 [+ or -] 12
 born 1964) (10/67-03/98) (339; 99-467) (150; 77-239)
S.K. (g) (male, 3 weeks (k) 250 [+ or -] 13 121 [+ or -] 7
 born 1979) (07/79-11/86) (253; 170-336) (122; 83-183)
D.N. (g) (male, 4 weeks (k) 278 [+ or -] 18 128 [+ or -] 9
 born 1978) (11/78-09/98) (261; 136-500) (110; 60-242)
L.F. (female, 3 weeks (k) 245 [+ or -] 9 123 [+ or -] 5
 born 1990) (07/90-12/98) (237; 92-458) (118; 46-237)

 concentration, (e) Increased
 [micro]mol/L Allo (f)
 Age at (no. of
Patient diagnosis (a) Allo samples)

D.G. (g) (female, 3 weeks (j) 95 [+ or -] 4 135/135
 born 1974) (01/80-12/98) (92; 15-313) (236/236)
Y.M. (g) (female, 2 months (j) 79 [+ or -] 3 71/71
 born 1977) (12/77-04/89) (76; 8-132) (95/95)
S.C. (g) (female, 21 months (j) 66 [+ or -] 5 12/12
 born 1986) (02/88-08/89) (65; 46-107) (21/21)
H.H. (male, born 7.5 years (j) 11 [+ or -] 1 24/24
 1985) (02/92-09/98) (12; 7-20) (25/25)
S.T. (g) (female, 3 weeks (j) 21 [+ or -] 3 51/59
 born 1977) (08/77-07/88) (15; 1-163) (56/64)
T.R. (h) (male, 3.2 years (j) 26 [+ or -] 5 13/13
 born 1964) (10/67-03/98) (23; 8-62) (22/23)
S.K. (g) (male, 3 weeks (k) 17 [+ or -] 3 12/13
 born 1979) (07/79-11/86) (15; 2-38) (13/14)
D.N. (g) (male, 4 weeks (k) 18 [+ or -] 3 28/32
 born 1978) (11/78-09/98) (12; 3-97) (33/37)
L.F. (female, 3 weeks (k) 13 [+ or -] 1 76/98
 born 1990) (07/90-12/98) (8; 1-61) (87/109)

(a) Observation period (in month/year) in parentheses.

(b) BCOA-DH, branched-chain 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase; Allo,
alloisoleucine; NA, not available.

(c) Determined in fibroblast culture (see Materials and Methods).

(d) Dietary recommendations, in g x [kg.sup.1] x day.

(e) Data from periods of good to moderate metabolic control (see
Results), median and range in parentheses; valine data not shown.

(f) >5 [micro]mol/L; number of samples relative to the number of
specimens obtained under good to moderate metabolic control (see
text); the number of samples with increased alloisoleucine
concentrations relative to the total number of available data
points in the patient is shown in parentheses.

(g, h) For additional patient data see (g) Wendel et al. (18) and (h)
Boisse et al. (22).

(i-k) Detection on occasion of or because of: (i) metabolic crisis;
(j) maple syrup odor; (k) neonatal screening.

(l) Supplemented with branched-chain amino acid-free amino acid
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Title Annotation:Molecular Diagnostics and Genetics
Author:Schadewaldt, Peter; Bodner-Leidecker, Annette; Hammen, Hans-Werner; Wendel, Udo
Publication:Clinical Chemistry
Date:Oct 1, 1999
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