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Nutrition Through The Life Cycle

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ISBN: 9781337919333

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7th Edition
Brown + 1 other
ISBN: 9781337919333
Textbook Problem

Some individuals have an increased need for folate due to the gene variant 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase that blocks the absorption of folate from food.

______ True    ______ False

Summary Introduction

To examine: Whether the statement “Some individuals have an increased need for folate due to the gene variant 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase that blocks the absorption of folate from food” is true or false.

Introduction: Folic acid is an essential vitamin that is absorbed from food. It is involved in various cellular processes. 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is an enzyme that functions to convert folate into active forms that can be used as substrates for the synthesis of amino acids, proteins, and phospholipids.

Explanation

5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is an enzyme responsible for the production of folate in circulating form that can be used in various biological processes. Variants of this gene can reduce the activity of this enzyme or often result in impaired conversion of folate to its active ...

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