London: An international research team recently discovered a new genetic disease related to vitamin B12 deficiency by identifying a gene that is vital to the transport of vitamin into the cells of the body.This new discovery is expected to help doctors better diagnose this rare genetic disorder and open the door to new treatments.Vitamin B12 is essential to human health but some people have inherited conditions that leave them unable to process vitamin B12. As a result they are prone to serious health problems, including developmental delay, psychosis, stroke and dementia.“We found that a second transport protein was involved in the uptake of the vitamin into the cells, thus providing evidence of another cause of hereditary vitamin B12 deficiency,” Dr. David Rosenblatt, one of the study`s co-authors from McGill University, said.“It is also the first description of a new genetic disease associated with how vitamin B12 is handled by the body,” he said,These results build on previous research by the same team from the RI MUHC and McGill University, with their colleagues in Switzerland, Germany and the United States.
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