Sulfur amino acids have critical function as intracellular redox buffers and maintain\ud homeostasis in the external milieu by combating oxidative stress. Synthesis of\ud glutathione (GSH) is regulated at a substrate level by cysteine, which is synthesized by\ud homocysteine via the transsulfuration pathway. Oxidative stress and diminished\ud glutathione pools play a sustained role in the pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis.\ud One of the aims of this study was to experimentally address the temporal relationship\ud between plasma sulfur amino acid levels in patients suffering from acute pancreatitis.\ud The data indicated low concentration of cysteine initially, at levels similar to those of\ud healthy controls. Glutathione was found reduced whilst cysteinyl-glycine and ¿-\ud glutamyl transpeptidase activity were increased in both mild and severe attacks. As the\ud disease progressed, glutathione and cysteinyl-glycine were further increased in mild\ud attacks and cysteine levels correlated with homocysteine and ¿-glutamyl transpeptidase\ud activity. The progress of severe attacks was associated with glutathione depletion,\ud reduced ¿-glutamyl transpeptidase activity and increased cysteinyl-glycine, that\ud correlated with glutathione depletion. The corollary that ample supply of cysteine and\ud cysteinly-glycine does not contribute towards glutathione synthesis in acute pancreatitis\ud poses an important issue that merits resolution. Heightened oxidative stress and\ud depletion of glutathione rationalized the progression of disease in severe attacks.\ud An upsurge that reactive oxygen species can shift redox state of cells is determined by\ud the ratio of the abundant redox couples reduced and oxidized glutathione (GSH: GSSG)\ud in cell. The study reported a novel methodology for quantification of total oxidized\ud glutathione (tGSSG) and total glutathione (tGSH) in whole blood using reverse phase\ud high performance liquid chromatography. The novelty of the method is ascertained by\ud the use of a mercaptan scavenger 1, methyl-2-vinyl-pyridinium trifluromethanesulfonate\ud for the total oxidized glutathione determination. The results reported permit quantitation\ud of tGSSG and tGSH and was applied to a control group.\ud Finally, the study was also focussed in developing a liquid chromatography-mass\ud spectrometric method to evaluate free and conjugated bile acids in patients suffering\ud from various degrees of cholestatic-hepatobiliary disorders. The study reported low\ud levels of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and slightly high levels of lithocholic acid\ud (LCA). All the primary bile acids seem to be conjugated with glycine and taurine amino\ud acid
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