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Judith E. Brown
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Judith E. Brown
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Textbook Problem

The need for folate increases during pregnancy due to its functions as a cofactor in the replication of DNA, gene expression, and amino acid metabolism.

______ True    ______ False

Summary Introduction

To examine: Whether the statement, “The need for folate increases during pregnancy due to its functions as a cofactor in the replication of DNA, gene expression, and amino acid metabolism” is true or false.

Introduction: Folate is a term used to refer to all the molecules with folic acid–like properties, in addition to polyglutamate and monoglutamate forms. Folate deficiency during pregnancy can lead to anemia and congenital abnormalities in the new born.

Explanation

Folic acid is a vitamin that is absorbed in the body and converted to tertahydrofolic acid and methyltetrahydrofolate and is used by the cells for the synthesis of nucleotides and interconversion of amino acids. It basically works by acting as a methyl group donor in cellular proce...

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