Serum phenylalanine concentrations decreased in 4 patients with hyperphenylalaninemia after loading with tetrahydrobiopterin. There were no abnormalities in urinary pteridine excretion or in dihydropteridine reductase activity. However, mutations were detected in the phenylalanine hydroxylase gene, suggesting a novel subtype of phenylalanine hydroxylase deficiency that may respond to treatment with cofactor supplementation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health