• english
  • deutsch


Titel: Elevated dimethylglycine in blood of children with congenital heart defects and their mothers.
Datum: 23-07-13


Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) may be related to nutritional deficiencies affecting the methylation cycle. We aimed to study the metabolic markers of the betaine homocysteine methyl transferase (BHMT) pathway in children with CHD and their mothers compared to children without CHD and their mothers.


Children with CHD (n=105, age < 3 years) and mothers of 80 of the affected children were studied. The controls were non-CHDs children of comparable age as the CHD group (n=52) and their mothers (n=50). We measured serum or plasma concentrations of the metabolites of the methylation cycle homocysteine (HCY), methylmalonic acid (MMA), cystathionine, S-adenosylmethionine (SAM), S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH), betaine, choline, and dimethylglycine (DMG).


Children with CHD had higher plasma SAM (131 vs. 100 nmol/L) and DMG (8.7 vs. 6.0 μmol/L) and lower betaine/DMG ratio (7.5 vs. 10.2) compared to the controls. Mothers of CHD children showed also higher DMG (6.1 vs. 4.1 µmol/L) and lower betaine/DMG ratio compared with the mothers of the controls. Higher SAM levels were related to higher cystathionine, MMA, betaine, choline, and DMG. MMA elevation in the patients was related to higher HCY, SAM, betaine and DMG.


Elevated DMG in CHD children and their mothers compared to the controls can indicate upregulation of the BHMT pathway in this disease group. Nutritional factors are related to metabolic imbalance during pregnancy that may be related to worse birth outcome.

Autoren: Alsayed Ranwa, Al Quobaili Faizeh, Srour Samir, Geisel Jürgen, Obeid Rima
Publikation: Metabolism: clinical and experimental 2013 Aug;62(8):1074-80
Links zum Volltext:
Elsevier Science
Clinical Key
Genetic Alliance
Genetic Alliance
Hazardous Substances Data Bank
Hazardous Substances Data Bank
MedlinePlus Health Information

<< Zurück zur Liste