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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 142  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 549-554

Alterations in the levels of plasma amino acids in polycystic ovary syndrome- A pilot study


1 Department of Biochemistry, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Kochi, India
2 Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Kochi, India

Correspondence Address:
N Leela Menon
Department of Biochemistry, Amrita School of Medicine, AIMS ponekkara PO, Kochi 682 041, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-5916.171281

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Background & objectives: Plasma amino acid levels are known to be altered in conditions like sepsis and burns which are situations of metabolic stress. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition which affects a woman throughout her life, is said to be associated with metabolic stress. This study was undertaken to assess if there were significant alterations in the levels of plasma amino acids in women with PCOS. Methods: Sixty five women with PCOS along with the similar number of age matched normal controls were included in this study. Levels of 14 amino acids were determined using reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography. Results: The levels of methionine, cystine, isoleucine, phenylalanine, valine, tyrosine, proline, glycine, lysine and histidine were found to be significantly (P<0.001) lower in cases than in controls. Arginine and alanine levels were found to be significantly (P<0.001) higher in cases compared with controls. Interpretation & conclusions: Our findings showed significant derangement in the levels of plasma amino acids in women with PCOS which might be due to the oxidative and metabolic stress associated with it. Further studies need to be done to confirm the findings.


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