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Synthesis Of Phenylalanine Hydroxylases

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The enzyme involved in phenylketonuria is phenylalanine hydroxylases. Their function is to break down phenylalanine’s, and if they aren’t able to break them down it will begin to build up in your body which can be dangerous. This dangerous buildup can happen if someone with PKU eats foods with high proteins such as the following: milk, cheese, nuts or meats. For one to inherit PKU both parents have to pass it down through their genes, this is called autosomal recessive. In the US hospitals will test newborns for PKU by pricking their foot with a needle and drawing blood. They use the blood to see if they have this disorder. When a person has PKU they aren’t able to be cured but can prevent intellectual disabilities by special treatments. In

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