Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the MTHFR gene
MTHFR is both the name of a gene and the enzyme that the gene makes. Some people have a mutated copy, or copies of this gene, so the enzyme is not as effective. This enzyme is needed to breakdown the amino acid homocysteine, therefor people with this disorder often have elevated levels of homocysteine in their blood. This can damage the blood vessels and lead to an increased risk of blood clots, pulmonary embolism, heart attack and stroke. It can also cause problems in pregnancy including miscarriage, preterm labor, placental abruption and spinal cord defects. The disorder has also been associated with migraines, depression and schizophrenia.
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the MTHFR gene.
Stands for Methylene-Tetra-Hydro-Folate-Reductase. Some individuals with the homozygous MTHFR mutation have elevated homocysteine levels. Elevated homocysteine levels are a risk factor for blood clots. ...
the enzyme that reduces folic acid to its most active form, methyltetrahydrofolate.
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