We investigated CSF concentrations of nitrite and nitrate as indicators of nitric oxide (NO) production in patients with tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) deficiencies. Patients with 6-pyruvoyl-tetrahydropterin synthase, sepiapterin reductase and dihydropteridine reductase deficiencies exhibited decreased CSF nitrite + nitrate levels compared with healthy control subjects. Reduced levels of nitrite + nitrate were not influenced by oral administration of 2.5-5.0 mg/kg tetrahydrobiopterin. Our data indicate impaired NO synthase function in patients with BH4 deficiency and suggest possible involvement in the neuronal cell dysfunction.
- Nitric oxide synthase
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience