Author(s): Laforenza U, Patrini C, Poloni M, Mazzarello P, Ceroni M,
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Abstract Thiamin-pyrophosphatase (TPPase) and thiamin-monophosphatase (TMPase) were determined using a spectrophotometric method at various pH values (5.5, 7.5, and 9.0) in brain tissue obtained at autopsy from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and parkinsonism-dementia (PD) patients from Guam and from Guamanian patients who died from other diseases (controls). TPPase separation by thin-layer polyacrylamide gel isoelectric focusing (IEF) was also performed using both gray and white matter. TPPase content, chemically determined at pH 9.0, was found to be significantly reduced in the frontal cortex of ALS and PD patients compared to controls. TMPase content, on the contrary, was unchanged. IEF analysis showed 9 clear-cut bands with TPPase activity in the pH range 5.4-7.2 and a broad band at pH 4.7-5.2. The enzymatic activity was higher in gray than in white matter. In one patient the pattern was clearly different, with two additional bands observed at pH 7.1 and 6.7, and thought to be due to genetic microheterogeneity.
This article was published in J Neurol Sci
and referenced in Journal of Alzheimers Disease & Parkinsonism