Sepiapterin reductase (SR) deficiency was recently described in patients with a severe biogenic amine deficiency presenting without hyperphenylalaninemia and it was suggested that the tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) pathway may be different in different cells and tissues. We now developed a HPLC method for the measurement of yellow fluorescing sepiapterin for the rapid diagnosis of SR deficiency. Sepiapterin was elevated in CSF from two patients with SR deficiency (5.6 and 11.4 nmol/L) when compared with healthy controls (4 and that it accumulates in the brain of patients with SR deficiency.
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- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism