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Type: Journal article
Title: Oral L-carnitine: Metabolite formation and hemodialysis
Author: Bain, M.
Faull, R.
Milne, R.
Evans, A.
Citation: Current Drug Metabolism, 2006; 7(7):811-816
Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 1389-2002
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Marcus A. Bain, Randall Faull, Robert W. Milne and Allan M. Evans
Abstract: L-Carnitine has important roles in intermediary metabolism and patients with end-stage renal disease who are undergoing hemodialysis may develop a secondary L-carnitine deficiency. The extent of accumulation of the metabolites trimethylamine and trimethylamine-N-oxide when L-carnitine is administered orally has not been investigated previously in this population. Oral L-carnitine at a dose of 1 g daily was administered for twelve days to six patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing hemodialysis thrice weekly. Pre-dialysis plasma concentrations of L-carnitine (mean ± SD) increased significantly (P < 0.05) from day 1 (baseline; 32.4 ± 6.1 μM) to day 8 (66.1 ± 13.8 μM) remaining constant thereafter. Although plasma levels of trimethylamine remained unaltered, the pre-dialysis plasma concentrations of trimethylamine- N-oxide increased significantly (P < 0.05) from day 1 (289.1 ± 236.1 μM) to day 12 (529.0 ± 237.9 μM). The hemodialysis clearances for L-carnitine, trimethylamine and trimethylamine-N-oxide were 14.3 ± 8.2, 14.1 ± 10.6 and 12.4 ± 5.4 L/h, respectively, indicating their efficient removal by dialysis. Oral administration of L-carnitine at a dose of 1 g daily increases plasma concentrations of this substance to physiological levels in patients with end-stage renal disease who are undergoing hemodialysis. However, concerns about the possible deleterious consequences of such a dosage regimen still remain given that plasma concentrations of trimethylamine-N-oxide were continually rising and approximately doubled in a two-week period.
Keywords: L-Carnitine
end-stage renal disease
DOI: 10.2174/138920006778520561
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