Absorption of pteroylpolyglutamates in mothers of infants with neural tube defects.
C Bower, FJ Stanley, M Croft, N de Klerk, RE Davis, DJ Nicol
Br J Nutr | Published : 1993
The ability to hydrolyse and absorb pteroylpolyglutamates (PteGlun) included in a standard meal in mothers who had given birth to an infant with a neural tube defect was tested by comparing them with mothers who had not had any infants with this defect. When compared with control mothers working in the research unit in which the study was performed, case mothers had significantly lower baseline serum and erythrocyte folate levels, and smaller increases in serum folate following the meal containing PteGlun. However, all estimates of folate were similar when case mothers were compared with a group of mothers who were friends of the case mothers. The results show that the higher the baseline le..View full abstract