Gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina is an inherited form of chorioretinal degeneration associated with hyperornithinemia. We measured the activity of ornithine aminotransferase (L-ornithine:2-oxo-acid aminotransferase, EC 22.214.171.124) in phytohemagglutinin-stimulated lymphocytes of a patient with gyrate atrophy and her daughter. The patient's cells had no detectable ornithine aminotransferase activity, and the activity in the heterozygote's cells was 44% of normal values. Measurements of [3H]thymidine incorporation and other transformation-affected enzymes verified that the patient's cells were transformed. These results demonstrate an enzyme deficiency in gyrate atrophy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - 1977|
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