Polyamine profiles in the urine of patients with leukemia

Seon Hwa Lee, Ja Won Suh, Bong Chul Chung, Soon Ok Kim

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Eleven urinary polyamine levels were determined in controls (32 cases) and 43 patients with varying stages of leukemia including initial, relapse and complete remission, using gas chromatography nitrogen-phosphorus detection. Also, to indirectly evaluate the possible involvement of enzymes, precursor to product concentration ratios were compared between controls and patients with each stage of leukemia. As a result, it is confirmed that the ratio of N1-acSpd/N8-acSpd could be used as a diagnostic marker and the level of N1,N12-diacetylspermine could be used for determining disease stage and as a malignancy marker for leukemia. An altered metabolic pathway related to leukemia is also proposed in which N1,N12-diacetylspermine can be produced directly from spermine and N1,N12-diacetylspermine is a major source of N1-acetylspermidine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Letters
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jan 9


  • Gas chromatography nitrogen-phosphorus detection
  • Leukemia
  • Marker
  • Polyamine profile


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